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.