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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by Dr Huh? View Post
One last suggestion would be to try Florsheim. I think someone suggested a vintage model but you might want to take a look at this shoe. $100:http://www.florsheim.com/shop-fl/sho...prod17067.html

Those Florsheims look decent, but I think in the 100-150 range, better options are available either on the bay or in the B&S Forum. Just take a little patience
post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by Dr Huh? View Post
One last suggestion would be to try Florsheim. I think someone suggested a vintage model but you might want to take a look at this shoe. $100:http://www.florsheim.com/shop-fl/sho...prod17067.html
I have to respectfully advise against that Florsheim model. Look at the side view of the shoe. This is the same syndrome that the Bostonian 'Canton' suffers from. The heel is 1/8" too high. What Florsheim / Bostonian must have done in creating these Bal's was to take an original from their vault, and make a mold for the heel based on the original heel..fine, only then they added a 1/8" heel lift on top of it, thus creating the problem of the heel being too high. I have a pair of Bostonian 'Canton''s which are basically identical to this Florsheim model. Bought them against better judgement, and the heel is not right on them. I don't have the words to describe it, but it feels wrong. You either stand on your heels, or on the balls of your feet with this model. Because of this wrong heel height, they also squeak like hell when walking. Otherwise, they are a comfortable shoe at a low price, but there are much better options out there.
post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by Man Of Lint View Post
I have to respectfully advise against that Florsheim model. Look at the side view of the shoe.
This is the same syndrome that the Bostonian 'Canton' suffers from. The heel is 1/8" too high.
What Florsheim / Bostonian must have done in creating these Bal's was to take an original from their vault, and make a mold for the heel based on the original heel..fine, only then they added a 1/8" heel lift on top of it, thus creating the problem of the heel being too high.
I have a pair of Bostonian 'Canton''s which are basically identical to this Florsheim model.
Bought them against better judgement, and the heel is not right on them. I don't have the words to describe it, but it feels wrong. You either stand on your heels, or on the balls of your feet with this model. Because of this wrong heel height, they also squeak like hell when walking.
Otherwise, they are a comfortable shoe at a low price, but there are much better options out there.

Thanks for the tip.
post #34 of 44
Back to the thrift store ideas...you need to try your luck at them. Many of the members, including myself have found some great deals on used shoes at these stores. I have 4 pairs that I have bought recently that if I had to buy at a store would be out a grand easily. I spent $50 on them total. Try it this weekend!
post #35 of 44
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Back to the thrift store ideas...you need to try your luck at them. Many of the members, including myself have found some great deals on used shoes at these stores. I have 4 pairs that I have bought recently that if I had to buy at a store would be out a grand easily. I spent $50 on them total. Try it this weekend!

I will. I went to Buffalo Exchange recently and had nothing better than a pair of torn up Cole Haans falling apart for 20 bucks.

I'll just check more often.
post #36 of 44
It depends where you live. We have a shopping mall with a Macy's. They sometimes have sales on clearanced price shoes. Sometimes 30%,40% and even 50% off the the cleranced price. So you could get a pair shoes for as much as 75%. I purchased earlier in the year a pair of Bostonian Provo shoes. I believe they are wingtip shoes and they only cost me about $35 on clearance. If you got to Macy's and look at what they have on clearance it seems like they have a fair amount of Bostonians, Rockport, Cole Haan, Johnston Murphy, etc. This weekened they are currenlty doing 30% off clerance shoes. So you would be getting 30% off shoes that are already 25-50% off.
post #37 of 44
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Originally Posted by franz_sanchez View Post
It depends where you live. We have a shopping mall with a Macy's. They sometimes have sales on clearanced price shoes. Sometimes 30%,40% and even 50% off the the cleranced price. So you could get a pair shoes for as much as 75%. I purchased earlier in the year a pair of Bostonian Provo shoes. I believe they are wingtip shoes and they only cost me about $35 on clearance. If you got to Macy's and look at what they have on clearance it seems like they have a fair amount of Bostonians, Rockport, Cole Haan, Johnston Murphy, etc. This weekened they are currenlty doing 30% off clerance shoes. So you would be getting 30% off shoes that are already 25-50% off.

I'll check, thanks. I didn't know Macy's have Johnston and Murphy shoes. I'm not a fan of Bostnonians or Rockport. I just don't like their look.
post #38 of 44
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I got a pair of brown Cole Haan moc loafers at Buffalo Exchange for 25 bucks. They're decent, but I think it was worth the 25 bucks + tax. No Nike Air, but still comfy.
post #39 of 44
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I got a pair of brown Cole Haan moc loafers at Buffalo Exchange for 25 bucks. They're decent, but I think it was worth the 25 bucks + tax. No Nike Air, but still comfy.

So now you only have $125 budgeted for your wingtips? Not sure what exactly you're doing...

Planning what you really want and finding deals on those >>>>> finding random things that you think are good deals at the time.
post #40 of 44
Gilt has some nice looking Grenson's for $128 right now.
post #41 of 44
OP
I have a pair of English made shell cordovan longwings that are awesome (and brown). Since I got a pair of RL/C&J shell cordovan Darltons, I haven't worn them. Sent you a PM too.
post #42 of 44
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So now you only have $125 budgeted for your wingtips? Not sure what exactly you're doing...

Planning what you really want and finding deals on those >>>>> finding random things that you think are good deals at the time.

No. I still have 150 for those wingtips. I'd rather spend 200 on several dress shirts than spend 200 on two RLBL/PLs or whatever. Even for me, I wouldn't spend over 40 on a dress shirt. I am sure RLPL dress shirts are much better, but I don't care as much for shirts for quality as much as I do for shoes.

Also, I got them at a thrift store. I don't plan to find something there. I go there to find any good deals I see. I think having a set item to find in a thrift store makes going there useless, because you're bound not to find it, unless you're vague enough.
post #43 of 44
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Well, I've been going to my local thrift store (Buffalo Exchange) and the shoes aren't changing much. The shirts are, but most of them are ugly as sin and no-names. I've seen a Prada shirt and an Ermenegildo Zegna shirt, but both were hideous. They were cheap though for 15 bucks individually.

Seems like finding a good pair of shoes would be an extremely slim chance. I just mainly see Converse shoes barely sticking together, torn up cheap leather shoes, and shoes I couldn't see myself wearing even if someone paid me.

I try to pass by to check out the shoes everyday, but I only see only 1-2 new pairs. It has been the same for the past two weeks, 80% of the inventory.

Seems like an extremely tiring process.
post #44 of 44
A Nordstrom Rack just opened in Austin on South Lamar. It's very close to the Neiman's Last Call which is also at S Lamar & 71. Both are definitely worth a look. The Round Rock outlets and San Marco outlets have J&M and Cole Haan stores where you can definitely pick up brown wingtips for under $150.

I realize transportation is lacking, but there have to be some young ladies you can tag along with for a shopping excursion.

FWIW, Keepers (6th & Congress) is the anti-Men's Wearhouse. Their website may show some lud casual shirts, but the overall store is very high end. Most of the prices are a bit out of line, but Austin is definitely short on fine men's stores (Capra & Cavelli being the other biggie).
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