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9k=Allen Edmonds CEO Paul Grangaard knows more than a thing or two about men’s shoes. We’ve repeatedly called upon the head of the 93-year-old company to provide his expert opinion — on the four dress shoes every guy needs in his closet and the essential dress shoes he should wear to job interviews, to name a couple of instances.

For someone as fluent in footwear as Grangaard, you have to wonder what are his favorite pairs. Today he’s sharing, and, for a limited time, his five favorite styles are available at a major discount.

“As I travel the country, men frequently ask about my favorite shoe style. It’s hard for me to say really, and I stand by all of our shoes in terms of quality. Still, this summer I’d put these styles on the top of my list,” says Grangaard on Allen Edmonds’ website.

Sales are exceedingly rare for the brand, but now through May 30, customers are able to get an amazing bang for their buck. Have a look at the CEO’s picks below. 


Allen Edmonds

“More than any other shoe, the Strand defines my years with Allen Edmonds. And I’m thrilled to see it nationwide on the feet of so many impressive men of all ages. We’ve added a new shade of midnight navy calfskin for this offer. Blue is my favorite color and this is a cool new look. But we still have Strands in all our calfskin hues. Equally impressive with a suit or jeans, the Strand has become our new icon.”Allen Edmonds Strand Cap-Toe Oxfords, $275 (Normally $395).

Allen Edmonds

“The Cornwallis is also a game-changer. There are higher-end luxury touches on this shoe that are “firsts” for us and that really make it an incredible value. From the beveled arch, to the wheeled welt, to the sharp toe shape, to the sleek binding — the Cornwallis is “smart” in all its definitions. The style is also available in midnight navy calfskin for a limited time.”Allen Edmonds Cornwallis Dress Oxfords, $275 (Normally $395).

Sea Island
Allen Edmonds

“Made from what many consider to be the finest suede in the world, I suggest that the Sea Islands are the best summer barefoot shoes you’ll ever own. I’m wearing my pair as I type this — sockless and with stone khakis. For the summer weekend or in a casual office, in long pants or shorts — equally great.”Allen Edmonds Sea Island Suede Loafer, $195 (Normally $295). 

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