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Allen Edmonds Shoes are not 100% made in the USA

I had thought that Allen Edmonds made all of their shoes in Wisconsin. I knew their accessories were made elsewhere. And I think that they carry shoes made from Italy, which is fine as well. But the most surprising thing happened. I had posted that there was an internet clearance sale by Allen Edmonds, and a reader, Andy, did a better job than I did, in realizing that some of their shoes were made in the Dominican Republic. Like the boat shoes, I had just purchased, I looked inside and sure enough it was stamped “Made in the Dominican Republic”. What a disappointment! Live and learn. The state of apparel and shoes is always fluctuating. Always check the label.

I think that Allen Edmonds makes great shoes, and they are only one that makes golf shoes made in the USA. But, I hope I don’t see any signs that say 100% American, because that would be false. Just updating everybody.

Don’t miss the comments section where Mr. Grangaard, CEO of Allen Edmonds, responds.

Updated June 17, 2012.

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7 Responses to “Allen Edmonds Shoes are not 100% made in the USA”


  1. May 29, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Greetings! It’s Paul Grangaard, President and CEO of Allen Edmonds. You are correct, we do make some shoes in the Dominican Republic. They’re less than 10% of our shoe sales today and not our main focus. We’ve added over 100 (or about 30%) more jobs on our production lines in Wisconsin over the past two years, as our U.S. shoe business and own retail stores have grown. We just decided that for some constructions — mainly boat shoes and driving moccassins that aren’t meant to be as serious or longlasting as our Made in USA dress and causal welts — we needed to be able to compete with the big importers of those types of shoes who dominate the market. We clearly identify our Dominican shoes with a sub-brand — “ae by Allen Edmonds” and note their origin in our descriptions on our website. It’s good for our company to be competitive in more segments of the market and to keep other players from becoming acquainted with our customers with their “sweet spot” shoes. The success of these “ae” styles helps us open more stores and grow dsitribution and sales jobs in the U.S. as well. And we’re also bringing economic vitality just a few hundred miles off the shore of Florida, on the other side of the mountains from earthquake ravaged Haiti. Our employees (it is our own factory there) in the DR really appreciate the jobs and the culture we have, as evidenced by the reception I get when I go down there to help serve our annual Holiday Dinner. Nonetheless, we definitely respect and are grateful for those who only want to buy American shoes.

    Thanks for your support of our 90 year old company and for the chance to comment on your blog.

    Best wishes,
    Paul

    • June 2, 2012 at 4:13 am

      Dear Mr. Grangaard,
      I appreciate you replying to my blog and I understand your spreading out into different products lines. I, also, realize that almost all clothing and shoe manufacturers once they reach a certain threshold of volume start to outsource their products. Once a company has its products in every city, it is no longer American-made. Their CEO’s would have us believe that they outsource because the United States factories can not produce at high volumes (which is not true). Who wouldn’t be tempted to follow what everybody else has been doing the past 32 years?
      It is extremely difficult to find any American clothing or shoe manufacturers who do a lot of volume that is 100% American made. I admire your products, your business plan and extremely happy that you have added more American workers, but I can’t help but shake my head when little things like this happen (a product that I thought was American made, is actually not made in America). I will continue to patronize Allen Edmonds, you make great shoes. -Jack A

  2. 3 Shoedog
    May 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    The AE CEO blogged about this back in April of 2010. You can read it here: http://allenedmondsblog.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2010-01-01T00:00:00-06:00&updated-max=2011-01-01T00:00:00-06:00&max-results=11

    Unlike a lot of companies, AE is transparent as to what it makes in which location. Today, >90% of its shoes are made in Port Washington, Wisconsin where >150 jobs were created over the past 1.5 years.

  3. 4 Malcolm Petrook
    May 7, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    In the past 18 months I have bought 3 pairs of McAllister wingtips in different colors and am delighted with them.

    However with Summer coming I thought I’d try AE’s less expensive penny loafers. But I am discomforted to see that the soles are “cemented” on. This does not bode well for the longevity of the shoe. Or am I worrying unnecessarily?

    • May 8, 2014 at 4:56 am

      You ask a great question. Allen Edmonds makes many different types of penny loafers, some very high end. The ones that are less expensive may be made in the Dominican Republic (Allen Edmonds has a factory in the Dominican Republic). It is difficult to say whether these shoes will last as long, we think not. But with Allen Edmonds if you need to have them fixed, you can ship them back to Allen Edmonds and they will “re-craft” them, but at a charge.-Jack A

  4. March 12, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    bought 2 pairs of boots. long branch ok. eagle river eyelets keep popping out. sent back twice. gave up.

    • March 13, 2015 at 1:15 am

      Very surprised to hear about the boots on the Eagle County River eyelets. I have not had any problems with any shoes from Allen Edmonds which seem to be of excellent workmanship. I must add I have not purchased any of their boots as I already have plenty of boots. Thanks for letting me know. -Jack A


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