Last year, Allen Edmonds included in its model line up a casual plain cap toe boot called the Eagle County. Designed to be a work boot, it was available in black, grey and tan leather with red or white harrier wedge rubber soles. I’m not sure what leather was used in the stock models but I’m certain they were not calfskin. Curiously though they used the 222 last which to me is one of the sleeker AE last and certainly lends itself more to a dressier shoe rather than a workboot.
The model was then closed out by the end of last year and it was put on clearance for $197. At that time, Allen Edmonds still allowed its customers to MTO closeout models at clearance price, thus I jumped on the opportunity to get a dressier version done of the Eagle County.
My idea was to get a navy blue boot that I could pair with grey and burgundy trousers for the autumn winter season or with white or wheat colored chinos during spring. I wanted the shoe to have waterproof soles so I can use it even when it rains/snows.
Here are the final specs of the shoes:
Navy calfskin with tone on tone stitching
Independence lining and insole (the stock Eagle County used the standard leather lining and insole)
Blind eyelets (the stock Eagle County had brass eyelets, except for the 3rd and 2nd from the top which had speedhooks)
Black flat welt (the stock Eagle County had a split reverse welt)
Black Dainite sole (the stock Eagle County had white or red harrier wedge rubber soles)
And here is the final product.
The navy blue calfskin is really dark and rich, almost black without direct lighting which makes the shoe look really neutral and would make it pair nicely even with burgundy trousers. I can see myself pairing these with burgundy cords, and a light blue shirt.
Aesthetically the shoe looks great, but I still managed to spot a few minor defects. I found 2 loose stitches underneath the eyestays and though these arent visible, it could have easily been spotted during the manufacturing QA/QC. If I was based in the US I would have probably exchanged these but since I’m not and I have to consider the tedious logistics to get a return done, Ill be happy if Allen Edmonds offers me a store credit or discount.
At $197 I got a great deal and I don’t need to neat pick a company that offers this kind of value. Enjoy!