I would like to preface this post with:
1) I am in fact a college student, and therefore have a limited budget(though with more money allocated to clothing than I should).
2) This is my first potential purchase of real Oxfords. Being in the south, and hailing from a society that considers loafer dress shoes, I haven't needed to purchase anything else nicer than my Florsheim rubber soled dress loafers (which are really comfortable btw). I simply would like to up my shoe game for, well I suppose my own passion for goods menswear despite lack of real need. That is, for the same reason I get my shirts and suits tailored, and for the same reason I wear dress shirts in an office of polos; I believe in dressing the part before you have it.
I would really like a pair of Allen Edmond wingtips. They are beautiful and everything a shoe should be in my opinion. However they can be quite expensive. I have done a limited amount of research (I can't spend too much time on it at the moment unfortunately) on more budget oriented alternatives, and have come up with these: http://www.amazon.com/Johnston-Murphy-Waverly-Oxford-Black/dp/B000UUEQNM/ref=sr_1_8?s=shoes&ie=UTF8&qid=1372300047&sr=1-8
My question is: what does the Style forum have to say about leather soled shoes with rubber heels. I have seen this type of construction in most shoe stores, and it seems like a happy medium that lies somewhere in the land of a reasonable purchase. Nonetheless it makes me worry about construction (I almost am sure that these types, and that shoe specifically have glued on soles, and not stiched) and durability. If I buy a nice pair of shoes, I suppose I simply just want them to be of a certain level of quality that lacks in most commercial products nowadays.
I want to hear your solicited (and unsolicited) advice