When I lived back in Washington DC, all I had to go on was the book Dress For Success... I started at the local Raleigh's Menswear but moved up to Britches', and had Bostonian cap toes and penny loafers made in the US, and I think Johnson and Murphy Wingtips also made in the US. All of them lined in leather. I worked in banking and was in a suit 5 days a week. I loved the Cap-Toes and loafers for their looks, but the Wingtips were the most comfortable shoes ever. Fast forward 23 years and my present career has me in polo shirts, jeans, and whatever shoes I happen to need that day, when I have to go to the office. It's rather casual.
About 10 years ago, my now ex-wife donated all of my dress shoes, suits, shirts and most of my ties...
A year ago I found myself in need of a suit and shoes. The "highest end" store I could get to was a Dillards (I can hear you all saying Noooooooooooo), and did pick up a suit, and a pair of J&M loafers. I'll start with the shoes. Because I was rushed for time, and I do kind of live 70 miles from the closest place that sells more than western wear, (any other excuses I can come up with?) I let him talk me into the shoes a size 12D, smaller, and narrower than I needed. I was also iffy on the style as it was not a beef-roll loafer, I was used to, and had such fond memories of those Bostonians I had. The suit is also iffy in the fit area, though it does seem to be a descent quality fabric.
Since that experience, I have shied away from dealing with my bad purchases... till now.
I discovered this site looking for info on my beloved Bostonian shoes. Only to find they have moved the building operation off-shore, and most of the shoes look like crap. All trendy, long and seemingly junk materials. This site has so far provided a lot to think about, and consider. Lots of good information and advice.
I find myself in the market for a descent pair of Beef-roll Penny Loafers. Black. Size 12.5-13 E. They will be worn about 6 times a year. I am also considering a pair of Cap-Toes, also black, to be worn maybe twice a year. I hate when my feet are miserable, I am in my 50's and won't put up with that anymore. I am comfortable with the $200-300 price range. Any suggestions?