To be honest, I'm not sure why I like Allen Edmonds any more than other old fashion American footwear brands. For some reason the brand comes off cool to me. I love my two pairs that I have, although purchased for cheap on eBay - the shoes have taken a serious beating over the last half year and are still looking and feeling great. I've been looking for a new loafer that will be my all summer shoe, it turns out Allen Edmonds actually released a new model that might be it. The Coppell shoe takes a classic beefroll penny loafer and adds the rubber sole and a saddle calf leather upper. The shoe isn't a huge departure from the boat shoe ruggedness, but also includes the hand-sewn class usually associated with AE's footwear. I think this shoe has the perfect balance between a dressy loafer and the casual nature of the boat shoe, and won't be found on every UO mannequin in a city near you (I hope).