I'm interested in a pair of dress shoes, oxfords (balmoral) with chisel toes (or at least a bit squarish) that don't cost over $200-$250. I wear a size 7-7.5 American, so Ebay doesn't really have much to offer me (and the Edward Greens they had on auction ended somewhere in the $500's.) Any suggestions?
Oooh, that's a tall order. Allen-Edmonds's #4 last isn't exactly chisel-toed, but it does have a tapered, squared-off toe. AE uses that last for a number of their models but only on one bal model that I know of (the Byron):
Alden's Plaza last has a soft square shape, but although Alden of Carmel has a number of Alden Fan shoes made in that last, the only regular-issue Alden model made on it is a plain-toe bal:
Both AE and Alden shoes retail for around $300, but you may be able to find them for less at factory outlets or online. I bought those AE Byrons online for around $220, if I recall correctly. In addition, you'll a squared-off toe on some English models, including Tricker's 1829 line (seen here on Pediwear's website
), which you can pick up for around $230 plus shipping. Others, including Crockett & Jones and Alfred Sargent, certainly have squared-toe shoes in your price range, but I don't know which models are shaped this way and I can't tell from the pictures.