Hello to all the wonderful gentlemen out there!
Hoping you could please help me out with something? I am looking for a present for my brother, and want to give him a pair of nice looking dress shoes, since he has always been super-casual. He is a pre-med. student, so I want him to have something nice to go on interviews and meetings with.
I know probably everything there is to know about women's shoes, having worked in the industry (as well as being an Imelda Marcos-like shoe collector), but admit that I don't know all that much about good CLASSIC men's dress shoes…I'm more familiar with modern Italian-style men's shoes, which is not exactly what I am looking for at the moment.
I’m looking for a pretty simple, black, good-quality, smooth-grain polished leather (not shiny, cheap, & plastic-y), traditional lace-up oxford, pref. plain-toe, full leather-soled, made in Italy, England, or France. Obviously should be stitched, NOT glued, and would like a full leather, instead of rubber out-sole, but don’t mind a rubber edge on the heel. Definitely NOT a boxy square-toe, a super conservative round-toe, or a tooo elongated elf-like tip…but just an attractive modern version. I would like it a little more European in style than the traditional British & American versions, not only for looks & a more youthful feel, but also because he is only a sz. 10.5-11, so it can totally be pulled off, length-wise.
I'm sorry to make this post so long! I just wanted to be clear on exactly what I am looking for, since it has been sooo hard to find! I've been searching for 3 straight days & nights, and am even more lost and confused as to what to get now! :(
I had always been used to my ex-boyfriend's Lobb, Bontoni, Testoni, etc., but am now realizing those brand’s quality are unfortunately not in the price range I am able to look at right now, and everything else kind of sucks when I compare it to them. Just to be clear, I am not some naïve little fool expecting for anybody to provide me with the holy grail of shoes that provides Bugatti-like features at a Nissan price…but, just wondering (or hoping) if there is something out there, that maybe goes on sale, that could possibly fit what I am looking for? At least for women’s shoes, I have been able to get some amazing bargains in the past for like 95% off MSRP. I know that’s not the usual, but was hoping to look for maybe something like that, or the closest thing I could come to finding it…?
Just really want to get my brother something special that is worth it, and could inspire a passion for beautifully crafted and well-made shoes for him to covet in the future! :)
Thank you to all! J Your input is sooo appreciated!!!