Originally Posted by keosu11
I just got a job as a teacher and the school requires shirt and tie. I am looking for a pair of black and brown shoes to go with my dark brown, black, white, and charcoal pants. I want shoes that I will be comfortable walking and standing in for 6-8 hours a day. My budget is around $200-250 per pair.
I was thinking of going with a pair of brown oxfords and black oxfords to start out and eventually adding more. From what I've seen while searching the site it seems people highly recommend the Allen Edmonds Park Avenue. Would those be a good pair to start out with? Any other recommendations?
Park Avenue is a fantastic choice. Very classical, very popular and usually very well made.
Colors? as a first shoe I always recommend first buying a burgundy because of the versatility of that color to match a broad range of fabric colors. As a second shoe I would go for a mid brown, like a walnut MacAllister, which can be antiqued at the toe to help match darker clothes.
As a third shoe I would select a black shoe which is a little more formal, but far less color versatile.
Most people do this exactly in reverse of my recommendations and i guess it is just a matter of choice.
Take a look at which AE shoes are USA manufactured and try to limit your purchases the USA Union made shoes because these are usually superior quality and better value for money.