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Looking for my first real pair of oxfords

post #1 of 27
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As a 17 year old in high school I have not had the need to have a pair of proper dress shoes. When I was younger my mother would make me wear brown loafers or boat shoes with Khakis and my navy blue blazer. Now that I own a few suits and I dress up for my job (I am a jewelry designer) I need proper shoes. I have brown suede dress boots I wear with my Navy blue suit, gray suits, etc; but nothing to go with my black suit. I would like a pair of solid black oxfords, or simply "lace-ups." Being 17 I cannot go and buy shoes that are more than $150, so please do not recommend anything more than that. The most important thing other than how the shoe looks is the comfort. I have an issue with a lot of shoes because they do not fit well. Cole Haan is very comfortable and they have some great models at great prices, especially during a sale. I am hoping to buy them at the Tanger Outlet in Riverhead, NY. Other brands that are there that have good shoes are Polo (I don't know what the shoe selection there is like), Allen Edmonds, and Giorgio Armani. I would like to know how the Allen Edmonds prices are at the outlets. I like their styles and I would be happy with them. Armani would also be a plus because of the quality (hand made in Italy), and the comfort is pretty good. There are no other stores there that have good shoes. This is the kind of style I would like (I want leather that has a nice shine and is not too dull) Thanks!
post #2 of 27
You should be able to get AEs under $150 at an outlet. You can also check their ebay store: http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Allen-Edmonds-Auction-Store
post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by PaoloM View Post
As a 17 year old in high school I have not had the need to have a pair of proper dress shoes. When I was younger my mother would make me wear brown loafers or boat shoes with Khakis and my navy blue blazer. Now that I own a few suits and I dress up for my job (I am a jewelry designer) I need proper shoes. I have brown suede dress boots I wear with my Navy blue suit, gray suits, etc; but nothing to go with my black suit. I would like a pair of solid black oxfords, or simply "lace-ups." Being 17 I cannot go and buy shoes that are more than $150, so please do not recommend anything more than that. The most important thing other than how the shoe looks is the comfort. I have an issue with a lot of shoes because they do not fit well. Cole Haan is very comfortable and they have some great models at great prices, especially during a sale. I am hoping to buy them at the Tanger Outlet in Riverhead, NY. Other brands that are there that have good shoes are Polo (I don't know what the shoe selection there is like), Allen Edmonds, and Giorgio Armani. I would like to know how the Allen Edmonds prices are at the outlets. I like their styles and I would be happy with them. Armani would also be a plus because of the quality (hand made in Italy), and the comfort is pretty good. There are no other stores there that have good shoes. This is the kind of style I would like (I want leather that has a nice shine and is not too dull) [IM Thanks!
Made in Italy is good quality. . . . black suit. well i guess if you're selling jewelry in De Beers, its a neccessary requirement. or God help us all.
post #4 of 27
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Ks, does anyone have any other advice? I would like to hear some AE outlet experiences
post #5 of 27
With AE you have to figure out what size you are, and then what last you are. Neither is less important than the other. I lucked out in that my first AE was from Ebay and a 4 last which fits me great. I noticed a lot of AE's have a sideways bend in the shoe which you can see from pictures of the sole. I like bottom of the heel and arch part to be straight, then a widening at the ball of the foot. 0 and 4 last seemed to do that.
post #6 of 27
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I would never by a shoe on the internet. I would like to assume the staff at their store would know how to find the right pair for me.
post #7 of 27
Being as your 17 and on a budget, you might consider looking at a pair of Florsheims.

You'd stay within your price range and they are usually available at Penneys or Sears so you could try them on and see how they fit.

Yes, I know the quality is not as good as something more expensive, but considering that your shoe size might still change and you are going to be beating them up at your job everyday, they might be good for now.
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by PaoloM View Post
As a 17 year old in high school I have not had the need to have a pair of proper dress shoes. When I was younger my mother would make me wear brown loafers or boat shoes with Khakis and my navy blue blazer. Now that I own a few suits and I dress up for my job (I am a jewelry designer) I need proper shoes. I have brown suede dress boots I wear with my Navy blue suit, gray suits, etc; but nothing to go with my black suit. I would like a pair of solid black oxfords, or simply "lace-ups." Being 17 I cannot go and buy shoes that are more than $150, so please do not recommend anything more than that. The most important thing other than how the shoe looks is the comfort. I have an issue with a lot of shoes because they do not fit well. Cole Haan is very comfortable and they have some great models at great prices, especially during a sale. I am hoping to buy them at the Tanger Outlet in Riverhead, NY. Other brands that are there that have good shoes are Polo (I don't know what the shoe selection there is like), Allen Edmonds, and Giorgio Armani. I would like to know how the Allen Edmonds prices are at the outlets. I like their styles and I would be happy with them. Armani would also be a plus because of the quality (hand made in Italy), and the comfort is pretty good. There are no other stores there that have good shoes.

This is the kind of style I would like (I want leather that has a nice shine and is not too dull)


Thanks!

This is what you should have for the price you want to pay. If you find something similar on Pediwear, I would advise you to buy there. If you want to know why, please PM me. You should know exactly your size and the fit of the shoes. Generally speaking, if you know your English size and fit, you can safely order online. If not, it might be tricky the first time. You can always send the shoe back at your expenses and get better size or fit
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by PaoloM;2406013[B
]I would never by a shoe on the internet.[/b] I would like to assume the staff at their store would know how to find the right pair for me.
Then you're missing out. I already said it in another thread, but I bought AE PA's off of here for $65 in my size, in black. They're in perfect shape and They're quite a bit cheaper than the sticker price of $325.
post #10 of 27
You also might want to check out Bostonian. Most of their stuff is bluchers though, but I think I saw a set of balmoral captoes on their site somewhere.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by acconrad View Post
Then you're missing out. I already said it in another thread, but I bought AE PA's off of here for $65 in my size, in black. They're in perfect shape and They're quite a bit cheaper than the sticker price of $325.

I don't want to take the risk, I have done it before and I regret it. I have a different size in every brand, some I have a 9 and in other I can have a 11.5
post #12 of 27
Pediwear has got some offers on Sanders shoes.

http://www.pediwear.co.uk/sanders/products/1846.php

http://www.pediwear.co.uk/sanders/ranges/54.php

The Camberley looks a great shoe. I understand that Sanders make shoes for the British Army and I think this is the officer's 'army issue' shoe. The Midhurst looks great too.
post #13 of 27
Go to the stores and try on various shoes. You need to figure out which shoe will actually fit your foot. $150 on poorly fitting shoes is a mistake. I think that Bradford's suggestions make sense. As long as you keep the shoes polished, they'll look fine.
post #14 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the new brands to look at men. I do think I'll just end up at AE, GA and Cole Haan anyway. That is probably my best bet for my location. I am pretty sure I can find a good shoe at the outlet for that price or a little but more, the SA's there are good about lowering prices and offering extra discounts even when there is no sale.
post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 
I am bumping my thread....Would a 10.5 in Cole Haan oxfords (their higher end kind), translate to the same size in AE?
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