Wow! This is a tough room!
OK, one at a time. The shoes are just about the best-built shoe I've yet seen.
Guaranteed for life and craft-able, it is wiser to own these shoes than buy a cheaper shoe that will be discarded after a year.
I'm in my shoes 14 hours a day, sometimes 16 or 17. These are the most comfortable shoes I've yet bought. The only better shoes are the Aldan cordovan loafers, which give better support. At twice the price? Not yet, for me.
Dressy, in that compared to the other sales reps, I'm way ahead. Dressy in the quality. Casual, in that I'm not over-doing it.
I sometimes have to remove shoes in a client's house. Especially in the winter. Now, that is easier.
I paid $260. There is not a single other brown loafer available for half that price that felt anywhere near decent on the foot; in addition, all the other cheaper footwear is abominably-made, with inferior leather. Since I've already done the cheaper route, I figured it was time for a step up.
My last shoe is/was a Polo lace-up. Very durable, but they would require $80 or so to bring into spec, and the side leather is stretched a bit too much to ever give real support.lee_44106
- Ha-ha. My other coat is a flour sack. If you've toured small town Pennsylvania, you'd see where "Old Money" in America really came from. Coal, timber, textiles [water power made Pennsylvania an economic powerhouse in Colonial America].NH_Clark
- I, too. I'm probably going to get another pair of McGraws in black. My pair after that would be the shell cordovan, in the traditional burgundy.Tarmac
- Thanks, T-man! Yes, they look nice. I particularly love the simplicity. As an artist and musician, I know how hard it is to have understated quality. Too many people substitute quantity and embellishment for substance of form. It is even better to hold one and marvel at the perfect workmanship. I got 20% off these, and am waiting for a particular sale to get 20% + 20% off my next pair [in black]. BTW, factory seconds are only 20%~25% off; I prefer to buy 1st run shoes, and give the business to the local guy.zacattacks
They feel very nice, and will feel better in a few weeks. The Aldan shell cordovan was, however, a perfect-feeling, firm but not tight, solid-wearing shoe. If money is no object, I'd have spent another $250 for the better leather.
over priced boring shoe!
- Don't I wish I was you, with obviously better taste and available selection.
In the interest of clarity, I'll admit I don't have the slightest idea what "casual dressy" is. Nor do I want to.
- Thank you, sir. I'll keep in mind you have no interest in my opinions and speculations. At the beginning of all future posts, I'll probably include a short note for you to disregard the following communications.