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Affordable Black Oxfords

post #1 of 15
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Any ideas for decent quality black oxfords / dress shoes at an affordable price point (i.e., priced below Allen Edmonds)? Right now, I'm wearing some tired-looking department store Florsheims. This is for a corporate work environment.
post #2 of 15
Affordable is a relative term. A dollar amount would be more helpful.
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Gauss17 View Post

Affordable is a relative term. A dollar amount would be more helpful.

Below $200
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by mispoke View Post

Any ideas for decent quality black oxfords / dress shoes at an affordable price point (i.e., priced below Allen Edmonds)? Right now, I'm wearing some tired-looking department store Florsheims. This is for a corporate work environment.

I would never wear Florsheims even if you gave me $50,000   worst shoes I ever wore in my life.

post #5 of 15
At that price point, look at some Cole Haans. My local menswear/shoe store has some nice Cole Haan lace ups at $198.

Chris
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I would never wear Florsheims even if you gave me $50,000   worst shoes I ever wore in my life.

 

Kind of an extreme position.  Florsheims may be shite shoes but I would wear them if you paid me $50,000.  I would be happy to go spend that money at John Lobb, St James. 

post #7 of 15
You can absolutely find Allen Edmonds below $200. You simply may have to look around a bit and be patient to find what you want.
post #8 of 15
The Allen Edmonds shoe bank regularly sells the Brooks Brothers PA seconds for $200 or less, they were $129 a couple weeks ago. Nordstroms sells the standard PA (firsts) for $219 once or twice a year.

I would also consider black captoes from Andrew Lock, Meermin, Loake, Herring etc but you won't really be able to try before you buy and they will be a little above your budget.
post #9 of 15
AE often has seconds or sale items at that price point
post #10 of 15
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I'm looking for something like these John Lobb cap toe oxfords, but at a much more accessible price point (see above): http://www.johnlobb.com/models/oxford/city-ii

I'm not a huge fan of the AE Park Ave … find the cap too small or far up the toe.

Any suggestions?
post #11 of 15
Your best bet is probably something lightly worn on eBay. There really aren't any better-than-Florsheim-quality options within your budget range.
post #12 of 15
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post #13 of 15
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thoughts on these?

Edgar
Minturn
Welles

Bostonian Andover

 

I would choose the Edgar out of all of those because they are closed-laced.

 

Just be aware that they are probably corrected grain and won't last as long as a full grain leather shoe. Unfortunately, I just don't think you are going to be able to get something full-grain and non-AE at your price point. Maybe Loake is the closest to what you want if you are not adverse to buying online, but you are still looking at around $260.

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Cole Haan Air Adams on "sale" for $169.95 CAD, local store.

Would you buy at this price? Are these corrected grain?
post #15 of 15
Crockett and Jones. Mid range price shoe but good quality.
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