When it comes to Allen Edmonds, the Strand and the Fifth Avenue seem to get all the love. But we firmly believe the Allen Edmonds Carlyle Oxford’s are some of the best-looking shoes the company makes. These plain-toe oxfords are exactly that – plain-toe. But that doesn’t mean they’re boring.
The Carlyle are named after the Carlyle Hotel, the famed hotel on the corner of Madison Avenue and East 76th Street. And class is the name of the game with these shoes, as it is with all Allen Edmonds. They use the brand’s 108 last, with it’s elongated and tapered toe, that combines sheer executive class with a touch of modern style – a simple, lace-up oxford and plain toe balmoral.
In addition to being built on the 108 last, these shoes use 360-degree Goodyear welt construction, which ensures they will last for years to come. And when the soles finally do give out, ensures they can be resoled for the next two to three decades. The upper is premium calfskin, lined, and the sole is a single oak leather, with a regular heel.
As mentioned, these shoes look fantastic, especially with a suit. In fact, we almost think it shoe could be the Platonic form of “dress shoe”; a design as timeless and classic as the company who birthed them. Allen Edmonds has been making shoes in the USA since 1922, and you can wear these shoes without reservation as to their quality; your feet are taken care of.
At $425 a pair they are quite the investment for a pair of footwear, but we have no doubts you’ll be wearing the Allen Edmonds Carlyle for decades to come. Grab a pair in black, walnut, brown, oxblood or dark chili.