Thank you everyone for posting! I love threads like these.. I learn so much!
I have not made any shoe purchases, yet .. and after reading the forums, it appears Allen Edmonds is my best bet (for now at least)..
I need a nice dress pair, to be worn with suit, but also with other casual business wear.
First purchase I had in mind was a Strand (walnut) -- is that a good pick to start with?
It will be paired with a navy suit (and possibly charcoal blue suit)..
I am also a business casual kind of guy and like to enjoy going out on the weekends, so really looking for advice on a casual where shoe style/color. Or will the Strand still fit that bill?
Interested to also hear thoughts on me jumping right into a MTO, and if so, what recommended specs would you suggest? Or would you just pull the trigger now (and if so, via which store?).
Thanks a lot everyone and LOVE hearing/seeing/reading about what everyone likes/dislikes/opinions/etc.
I personally find the strand in walnut to be a little too loud for dark navy. Strand also comes in dark brown burnished and merlot, which I find much more versatile (and attractive). ditto for McAllister.
and some may disagree, but I personally think that the plain toe derby Kenilworth in dark brown or bourbon is the easiest shoe to dress either up or down.