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Looking for dress shoe recommendations (Range: $300-$900)

post #1 of 11
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Hi, I'll admit that I've never actually purchased a nicer pair of dress shoes and this will be my first. All I know is that the price of dress shoes can range from $50 to upwards of a couple thousand.

 

I wear dress shoes everyday and I am looking for a solid pair of black dress shoes that will look above average, tasteful and will be up for the wear and tear.

 

I know the budget I gave is quite large (300-900) but I'm either looking to spend closer to $300 or willing to invest more (close to $900) for a high(er) tier shoe.

 

Any places to shop, brand names, etc. recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

 

For what it's worth, most of the suits I'll be wearing are black/grey and plain or pinstriped.

 

 

Thank you.

post #2 of 11
Do a search and you'll find plenty of info. But in that range you're looking at the following brands, along with some others:

Allen Edmonds
Alden
Carmina
Crockett and Jones
Alfred Sargent
Sutor Mantellassis discounted at Shopthefinest

That should get you started.
post #3 of 11
Allen Edmonds Park Avenue is an excellent choice for your first "nice" black dress shoe. Don't go dropping $600+ on your first pair - you just won't know what you like and don't like about this brand vs. that brand or this style vs. that style, and you will not have a good basis for making a decision. Many very well-dressed men will never buy a more expensive brand than Allen Edmonds. It's hard to go wrong with them.

Another recommendation: get fitted and buy in person if you can, even if it costs a little more. The salesperson won't be confused with a podiatrist, but they will have a much better idea of how the shoe should fit than you probably will at this point. Better to spend a little more and get a shoe that fits than get the best deal online and get a shoe that doesn't fit.

Edit: I noticed that you want a shoe that will be "up to the wear and tear." No shoe will stand up to being worn every day. If $900 is your total budget for dress shoes, buy two pairs, not one pair, and rotate them.
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Allen Edmonds Park Avenue is an excellent choice for your first "nice" black dress shoe. Don't go dropping $600+ on your first pair - you just won't know what you like and don't like about this brand vs. that brand or this style vs. that style, and you will not have a good basis for making a decision. Many very well-dressed men will never buy a more expensive brand than Allen Edmonds. It's hard to go wrong with them.
Another recommendation: get fitted and buy in person if you can, even if it costs a little more. The salesperson won't be confused with a podiatrist, but they will have a much better idea of how the shoe should fit than you probably will at this point. Better to spend a little more and get a shoe that fits than get the best deal online and get a shoe that doesn't fit.
Edit: I noticed that you want a shoe that will be "up to the wear and tear." No shoe will stand up to being worn every day. If $900 is your total budget for dress shoes, buy two pairs, not one pair, and rotate them.


Thank you to you both for the recommendations. I'm off to a great start. I'm actually leaning towards the Allen Edmonds Park Avenue. These are the exact style that I am looking for.

 

Yeah, I doubt I will wear these every day. I was thinking about picking these up to wear for "nicer" occasions or important client events. I have a bunch of 50-150 dollar shoes that I'll use for everyday wear now that I think about it.

 

Great advice! At 22 years of age...I didn't think I could be so excited about shoes ;) but there's just something about a nice pair of classy shoes that just pulls everything together... ahah

 

Any other advice about shoe care, socks, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Regards,

A

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Any other advice about shoe care, socks, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

http://www.styleforum.net/a/how-should-i-start-my-business-wardrobe#user_footwear

http://www.styleforum.net/t/72565/rock-your-socks-show-your-sock-shoe-pant-combos

hanjoy
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...At 22 years of age...I didn't think I could be so excited about shoes wink.gif but there's just something about a nice pair of classy shoes that just pulls everything together...
just the beginning.. and to wet your appetite....next thing you know, you'll be checking yourself to ShoesAnonymous smile.gif ...Welcome to SF
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just the beginning.. and to wet your appetite....next thing you know, you'll be checking yourself to ShoesAnonymous smile.gif ...Welcome to SF


Haha, appreciate the Shoe Porn.

 

:)

 

This place seems like a nice place for the business formal-minded people...

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Haha, appreciate the Shoe Porn.

smile.gif

This place seems like a nice place for the business formal-minded people...

Check the "rock your socks' thread. You'll find a pretty good mix of brands/styles there. Admitedly all more or less work oriented - but not all conservative by any means.
post #9 of 11
Allen Edmonds is a great place to start.
post #10 of 11
First of all. If you are going to wear dress shoes every day you need at least a two pair rotation. You shouldn't wear the same pair every day.

I would recommend Alfred Sargent exclusive for excellent quality and ease of purchase on line. I am not a big Allen Edmonds fan.

The Hunt in black; Also comes in mahogany.



With the 900.00 budget you can then get

The Moore in Oxblood ( you can wear this instead of black) also comes in black.



Check them out at http://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/collections/alfred-sargent-exclusive-collection-price-asc
post #11 of 11
^i don't own any AS, but I have admired those shoes before. Very handsome.
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