I need a basic pair of brown dress shoes at a reasonable price, so I've been looking at our friend discostu's Certo offerings. I've been sitting between two pairs and throwing questions at discostu for a few weeks now and my indecisive mind can't pick one; so I'm turning here for input. I'd rather just pick one rather than try to order both and waste time with returns, so that's why I created the poll. Pair #1: Pros: I like the simple stitching around the vamp and the general clean, basic design. The sole is nicer than the other pair, and I've been told the leather is of superior quality. Cons: Maybe it's the photo angle, but the toe and the general tapering to the toe seems a little wide for my taste. Also I'm poor and this pair does cost $45 more. Pair #2: Pros: I really like the sleekness of the model's cut, especially the toe. Also, the price is easier on my budget. Cons: I'm not a fan of the broguing, which seems somewhat half-hearted (i.e. it's not an all out semi or whole brogue) and takes away from the cleanness of the design. My other brown/tan shoes are semibrogues, so that might also factor in. Finally, as I'm told, the lower price apparently reflects a slightly lower quality leather than the former option, and the black sole, even though nobody will see it, strikes me as a little off. So, feel free to chime in with any opinions of which one you prefer, taking design asthetics, versatility, and price differential into account (they both look like great deals, but I don't have any income as of now, so it's only one).
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4/13/05 at 7:49am