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I am a 21 year old bank employee, and a college student 2-4 nights each week.  I am also newly married.  With that said, I am trying to gear my clothing more toward my lifestyle and less toward my age.  I also live in Knoxville, TN, which makes fashion a bit tougher for me to find.  I try to wear decent dress clothes to work.  No designer labels, but Brooks Brothers suits me well.  I am trying to branch out in my casual clothes as well.  My main question is about casual footwear.  I am very aware of designer labels, however because of my location and given the fact that I am at the short end of the stick with respect to my job, I find them too difficult to aquire.  I see around Knoxville that most men are given to jeans and t-shirts, with those who slip on any brand of polo shirt being labelled as "well-dressed."  Can someone give me any suggestions for breaking out of the Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, etc. style of clothing that those close to me age rely on?  Your patience and help is appreciated.
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I can't pretend to know how much money you have available for shoes but I will say to get the best pair you can afford and take good care of them. It took me a while to break out of the "there's no way I'm paying that much for shoes" mentality but I'm glad I did. Geographically, you're screwed But there's a couple of options though: 1) www.bluefly.com. The selection is limited for shoes but who knows you might get lucky and find something you like that fits you. The prices are great so if you find something you actually want, it won't cost you too much. They also have an excellent return policy, so if your shoes don't fit, just slap the sticker they provide you with on the box they came in and return it. There's no restocking fee or any bs like that, just the shipping. 2)Neiman Marcus has a pretty decent selection of Salvatore Ferragamo, Cole Haan and Prada Sport shoes online. They aren't discounted and I'm not sure what their return policy is, but it's an option. If there's any one brand that I have undying loyalty to, it's Ferragamo. Their shoes are just awesome and I'm sure everyone on this forum will agree. They might seem a bit expensive but they really are worth it imo. Don't get anything too trendy and you'll be able to keep them for a long time. A great pair of shoes will make your outfit. If you want to go less expensive, I'd say Cole Haan or Kenneth Cole aren't bad choices. I don't own Cole Haans but I haven't really heard anything bad about them. I do own a couple pairs of Kenneth Coles though. I really only bought them with the intention of wearing them on really bad winter days with tons of slush and ice that would kill shoes with leather soles and probably cause me to slip and break my neck too.. In terms of quality, they're better than Aldo for sure, but they don't use the best quality leather either. In terms of styles, I really like these slip-ons . I'm gonna order them in cognac if I can't get them at Harry Rosen this week. IMO slip-ons look best for people our age. They're simple and not too fussy. Penny loafers are a tad too preppy or something... Well I dunno, but they really don't work with how I dress. For casual shoes I tend to stay away from laces too, although that's a personal choice made with consideration to the rest of my wardrobe. Whatever you do, don't go overboard, but a really good pair of shoes will make the rest of your outfits look a lot better. Oh and bluefly is great for casual clothes too. Lots of designer labels there and a lot of the clothes is casual. You can get huge discounts on stuff that's brand new and maybe a season or two old. Really though, unless it's somethign really trendy (and out of date), who cares if it's not from the current season.. I suggest you go and look through everything. I've bought a lot of stuff off of there and have been very happy with my purchases. At the very worst, make a trip to new york a couple times a year That's what I do, it's a great city.
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Definitely look into loafers, monkstraps, bowling shoes, and driving mocs. As for where to get them, can you go down to Atlanta, or near it? Near Atlanta there's an outlet mall that has a Saks Off5th and Nordstrom Rack, and another with an Off5th and Neiman's Last Call. Those are your best bets. Peace, JG
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actually, you are in luck. there is an EXCELLENT mens store on kingston pike (what the heck ISN'T on kingston pike, right?) called McClellans. check out their great website at www.mcclellans.com store is awesome, and the staff is extremely helpful on casual and great classic style.
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In terms of styles, I really like these slip-ons . I'm gonna order them in cognac if I can't get them at Harry Rosen this week.
those are great GQ Geek, I have been looking at them myself for a while now. I plan on getting those and the Ferragamo bit loafers very soon.
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Atlanta would probably be the biggest shopping mecca and the closest for me to access. Not being from there, I do not really know where the good places to go are. I am thinking of venturing down there in a couple of weeks, so any more information is highly appreciated. Also, MS McClelland's is a GREAT store for traditional clothing, but sometimes I feel too young for some clothes there (i.e. I'm not the biggest fan of pleated trousers, although I do own a few pairs). McClelland's does not carry any plain front trousers. Are they no longer fashionable?
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In terms of shoes, another good brand to look at is To Boot by Adam Derrick (www.toboot.com).  His shoes are sold only at Neimans and Bergdorfs, and are comparable in price to Ferragamo (maybe a *little* cheaper.) For clothes, I second the bluefly suggestion.  Also you can find good stuff on ebay too.  And the polo.com website is actually a pretty good website and has a good selection.  Finally, J. Crew and Banana are always safe bets... Oh and yes plain front pants are definitely still fashionable. But probably the more south you go with a few notable exceptions like Atlanta or Miami, it's probably less so. Personally, in terms of sportswear and casual wear, my favorites are Helmut Lang, CP Company, Cerruti, Samsonite, and Calvin Klein Collection.
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Atlanta would probably be the biggest shopping mecca and the closest for me to access.  Not being from there, I do not really know where the good places to go are.  I am thinking of venturing down there in a couple of weeks, so any more information is highly appreciated.  
The obvious (Lenox Square/Phipp's Plaza in Buckhead, along with some of the stores around that area), are right off of I85. The outlet centres I mentioned are North GA Premium, which is on GA400 between that gold city (Dal-something) and ATL, and Discover Mills, which is I85 South from the city. If I'm not messing things up, Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off5th are at the former, and Neiman's Last Call and Saks Off5th are at the latter. Peace, JG
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