Win 1 of 3 Pairs of Allen Edmonds Strand Cap-toe Oxfords for Primer’s 10th Anniversary!

Win 1 of 3 Pairs of Allen Edmonds Strand Cap-toe Oxfords for Primer’s 10th Anniversary!
We're celebrating Primer's 10th anniversary with huge giveaways all year long. Now's your chance to win our favorite classic shoes from an iconic American-made brand.

Welcome to our year-long series of monthly giveaways celebrating Primer Magazine’s 10th anniversary!

If you’re just joining the celebration, definitely read my full 10 year anniversary message to the Primer community.

And if you missed out on our previous giveaways, this is your chance to win.

Choosing this month’s item was easy – it’s a heritage brand I’ve loved and admired even before the days of Primer. This was one of my first major post-college wardrobe upgrades – a bump in quality as well as price. But in making that investment I discovered the difference that a well-crafted shoe can make.

Giveaway: 3 Pairs of Allen Edmonds Strand Cap-toe Oxfords

I’ve had my pair of classic Strands since 2010, and went on record praising their versatility, durability, and timeless style.  And a shoe that’s looked and felt good for almost 10 years isn’t easy to find.

Made in the US. Made to Last.

Allen Edmonds is close to celebrating a milestone of its own: founded in 1922, the brand has been making shoes primarily in Port Washington, Wisconsin, for almost 100 years. Originally, Allen Edmonds provided boots to troops during World War II – and you’d be hard-pressed to find a group rougher on footwear than members of the military.

Each pair of Allen Edmonds Strands carries that practical, hard-working soul (and sole), but with the design and detailing of a dress shoe. They’re crafted to be worn all day, everyday – day after day after day. Two of our readers commented on my original Strands post with testaments to their shoes’ longevity: one pair was 20 years old, and still going strong!

20 year old allen edmonds

A reader comment from my very first post on my Strands from 2010.

And if your Strands start to show their age, Allen Edmonds has a Recrafting service that will have soles, laces, and even leather looking good as new – something impossible with a pair of cheap fashion shoes.

Both Style and Substance

Finding a durable shoe isn’t difficult. Neither is finding a good-looking one. Finding one that is both? That's tough. The Strand is built from the ground up with 360-degree Goodyear welted construction, which is designed to last. The leather is smooth and supple, and the cap-toe style with broguing (the pattern of perforations) is appropriate for both casual and business occasions. Not all shoes look good with both  dress pants and jeans. The Strand does.

While the Strand is a shoe that can be dressed up or down, sometimes you want to change up your look. Allen Edmonds makes more than dress shoes – the brand offers modern, sleek sneakers that are polished enough to skew smart casual, as well as military-style boots based off the famed WWII service boot. (Here’s a visual timeline of the military origins of some of your everyday style favorites.)

New this fall is the rugged, 100% waterproof Ranger boot, which is designed for high performance in both urban and outdoor environments.

American Heritage, American Future

Some established brands rest on their (well-earned) laurels. Not Allen Edmonds. Instead of just being content to make quality, long-lasting footwear in the US, the brand is also partnering with fellow American crafters to form a community of makers. This partnership has created a full line of American-made apparel items, bags and accessories.

Partner brands include ALAN J (eyewear from State Optical, Vernon Hills, Illinois), American Woolen (fabrics, Stafford Springs, Connecticut), Civilianaire (denim, Los Angeles, California), Cockpit USA (outerwear, New York, New York), Korchmar (bags, Naples, Florida), Gitman Bros. (shirts, Ashland, Pennsylvania), Southwick Clothes (suiting, Haverhill, Massachusetts),Weiss (watches, Torrance, California) and Wigwam Mills (socks, Sheboygan, Wisconsin). View the whole collection here.

Not only that, Artisans of Freedom provides scholarships to support the next generation of crafters.

This Month’s Primer 10 Giveaway, With More to Come

In short, Strands are well worth the purchase – and if you can win a pair, even better. To enter, simply…

Allen Edmonds Strand Giveaway

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • Ryan N

    Thanks Andrew! What are those amazing-looking pants in the last photo?

  • perla m.

    My husband will wear them to work and to parties

  • Chad Anthes

    Great shoes!

  • Kurt Hoffmann

    Dig it

  • Carol LuBien

    My husband would wear these Strands for a night on the town.

  • Victor Galbraith

    Very cool, thanks!

  • Andrew S

    I would wear them with my nicest suit.

  • Christina Gould

    My son-in-law will wear them to work. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sue W.

    My son will wear the brown Strands with a navy suit. He loves that look! I agree, so much better than black shoes with navy. Thanks!

  • Love3570

    My hubby will wear them when we have date night. 🙂

  • Mel Barker

    with a great shirt

  • Marcus

    I have a pair of black, now i need some brown!

  • Scott Winchester

    I would wear them to many social outings…when I need to look good.

  • Victoria Scott

    These will be amazing work shoes for my husband!

  • John W

    Sweet shoes!

  • Jack Riddle

    These are awesome!

  • Saeed

    I would love a pair of those!

  • C Bradley

    I’ve been wanting a pair of these for a while. I’ve got a few outfits that could use some extra flai, and these would do the trick.

  • Mary W

    My son would wear these for work He wears a suit every day.

  • A. Cavazos

    These shoes are so nice. Would make any suit pop!

  • Jared Flemer

    Been jonesing for a pair of Strand’s for a while.

  • John C

    How do you condition walnut strands?

  • Mya Murphy

    I would give them to my husband for date nights

  • S.D. Brooks

    These are all so nice. I’ll gift them to my son if I win. He’d love these.

  • Bssss

    Theses are some beautiful designed shoes.

  • T. Chiesa

    Fantastic pair of shoes.

  • Daniel Sellnow

    Will wear the strands on the daily! Perfect for work and casual wear! 😄👍🏻

  • Keegan Sutanto

    You know, they can be worn with anything! I think my favorite look would be with a simple raw jeans and white t-shirt.

  • sage phoenix

    My all time favorite style of shoe

  • Jason Wilkins

    I like free shoes

  • JillianToo

    My brother would wear them to work.

  • David Sandeman

    Amazing giveaway
    I’d wear these with gratitude and love!
    They’d go with anything and everything

  • Ae Minx

    These would be great for my dad!

  • John

    I really enjoy the live action getups and related posts about men’s style from Primer. As I transitioned out of the military after a 21-year career, the advice I got from reading Primer helped me learn how to dress for work and play in the civilian community with confidence!

  • Rust

    My son will wear them on dress up occasions.

  • Jasper Furniss

    These shoes are so suave! I would love to own them!

  • Diana Shenderovich

    perfect for my husband of 33 years

  • thepittsmn

    Handsome shoes.

  • Lori Martini

    My boyfriend would love these

  • Chris Criswell

    Very cool.

  • Curiosul Mihai

    with a pair of khakis pants and casual button down shirt.

  • karriew

    My teen son would pair with jeans or dress clothes. He appreciates classic, timeless style.

  • Kevin_E

    I would wear them when I want to impress!

  • Stephanie Phelps

    My husband would wear them to work and when we have date night!

  • Michael Lefkowitz

    Have loved reading Primer over the years. Thanks for the great content.

  • Shelby Gil

    I’m not sure how my husband will wear there… but I saw them in his google search so I know he wants a pair! It would be a great surprise.

  • Scott Terada

    Great giveaway.

  • Darla Peduzzi

    My husband would wear them to work meetings and church.

  • Domenic M

    Would love to have them!!

  • Robert Tschinkel

    I would wear them with jeans, with a suit, I would wear them everywhere

  • Sam L

    I’ll be happily wearing them to work!

  • Amber

    Love these! 🙂 for my boys!!

  • Teresa

    My husband wears Allen Edmonds every day.

  • ilsapo

    would really want to have those

  • onyiakpanisi

    My hubby will wear this to work.

  • scodd

    My husband would look great in these shoes!

  • Gina Germane Gallagher

    Would love to gift these to my hubby to wear for formal occasions and casual date nights!

  • Zach Harris

    Killer shoes man

  • Velder Tweedy Dixon

    Nice shoes.Love to win.

  • tammy S

    Great dress shoes to wear for get together to parties for my husband thanks

  • Dirtybirdsoaps

    My husband would wear these Strands to work. Hes a General Manager and appearance is a MUST……not to mention my husband is worse with shoes then me. I think he has an addiction.

  • James Lee

    I will wear them to work with swag and style

  • JAN


  • J. Snowden

    These are absolutely gorgeous!

  • Mel Reader

    they are beautiful and i want them

  • Peggy Doty

    I would wear them to dinner.

  • jill

    witha casual suit

  • richard washington

    I need a nice pair of brown shoes!

  • Aaron

    The brown version are such attractive shoes. They really tie an outfit together nicely!

  • debra dubois

    Hubby would wear these for business and parties these are sharp he would love these.

  • Jack

    Looking good!

  • Michelle Igou Klingen

    My son will wear them for job interviews

  • Zameer Hussain

    Amazing shoes. Loved them.

  • Logan Creen

    In! Would love to have a pair

  • B.J. Bernal

    My husband will wear them when we go out!

  • Kat

    My husband’s favorite shoe! He’d love a new pair to wear to work.

  • Cynthia Barthel Mahoney

    My son would wear them to work and going out.

  • Thom V.

    I’ve got a pair of AE McAllisters but would love a pair of strands!

  • Mookie Martin

    Expensive but nice and comfy

  • Chris Graham

    Would love to wear these with the new navy suit I just got!

  • Tomas

    Giz an aul win there

  • rajee
  • keith james

    Love shoes!

  • Des

    Perfect work shoe.

  • Zachary Reich

    Love the website!

  • Jennylyn Gross

    my son will wear them to prom

  • Eric Jarrell

    Absolutely love Allen Edmonds shoes. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Laurie Arnheim

    OH MY!!! Strands are beautiful!!! (Hope that’s ok to say about a man’s shoe!) Love that you stand behind your workmanship too!!! Yes, the brown would be a nice addition to any wardrobe! Could definitely see see them on my adult son! He has nothing this nice!

  • Dennis Fullalove

    I would wear them to work and nights out with my wife.

  • Steve Hunt

    Thanks for putting up this giveaway! If I’m fortunate to win I’d love to wear these at my wedding!

    Cheers to 10 years

  • Dennis Fullalove

    I will wear them at work and on dates with my wife.

  • derek wall

    I have had my eye on these for my wedding that is coming up.

  • NC

    Great shoes!!!!

  • tazo157

    The shoes look great!

  • stushi75

    Happy 10th anniversary! Love the shoes!

  • Mohammad Syed

    I really like the recrafting service because theres always the question of proper maintenance of higher quality shoes.

  • Nick B

    Been looking to take the plunge into nice footwear now that I’m out of school and have a salary.

  • Xavier L. Carthen

    I would love to step in and step out into the good life feeling good wearing these super sensational shoes! It will make me wanna dance in them all night long! Thank you!

  • ljergen

    Nice shoes

  • John White

    Groovy shoes!

  • Aria Bridal

    Nothing like well made classic shoes

  • thisnthat3

    My son would wear them for special occasions!

  • ADec

    Great content!

  • Simone

    Thank you!

  • Annmarie Weeks

    My husband could definitely use these to wear to the office…especially on the days when he has meetings (which is pretty much everyday!)

  • sandyalip


  • Young

    Very nice!

  • bn100

    with a suit

  • Alexander Do

    Gonna look into a pair of Strands now, thanks!

  • Tim Sweetman

    Been reading from the beginning! Thank you!

  • cynthiagray

    I will wear them for work and enjoy the best in footwear I can afford.

  • Stephen Wall

    Allen Edmonds are worth every penny. Hold up amazingly well and I get compliments constatly

  • Lynda

    These would be for my son.

  • Parker

    You only need a few pairs of dress shoes, and one should be so lucky as to have one be a pair of AEs. You can wear a brown wingtip with almost anything!

  • Seth O’Brien

    Strands are some of my favorite all time looking shoes. Hope to be able to have them in my wardrobe one day!

  • Adi

    Beautiful shoes

  • Matthew

    With a navy suit

  • schmbrln

    thanks, these look great, i’d love a pair.

  • Kristen Bockman

    My other half would love these!

  • Andrew Pham

    Huge fan of Allen Edmonds!

  • Josh

    nice kicks

  • John H

    I’ve always wanted some Allen Edmonds. On a college budget this just might be my way to get some 🤩

  • Clayton

    Cool shoes!

  • Mary Rutter

    My son could wear them to church

  • Johnny C

    Congrats on the anniversary!

  • tatertot374

    My hubby would wear these to work with dress pants.

  • Edward

    I love that they have just enough flair to set you apart but are subtle enough to wear anywhere

  • D.j. Gilliland

    I would wear these for many functions. Dress them up or down. Perfect!

  • Chris Kemmerer

    Love Primer!

  • Tevin

    Dig em! Which color will they come in?

  • Shannon S

    Classic and stylish. Very handsome shoes. Made in the USA!

  • joni514

    I want to get these for my husband so he will actually have something nice to wear for a change when we go out. He never has a decent pair of shoes when we have something special to do. He works so hard but he doesn’t like to buy anything for himself. I am so impressed that these shoes are actually made in the USA. You don’t see that very often anymore. You can be proud of that!

  • Mike Sherdog

    Those are some clean looking shoes! I have to get myself some!