I'm new here to SF. My goal here is to learn about choosing and caring for quality dress shoes. A little about me: I'm a young adult employed at a very visible, major financial institution in a wealthy area of the city. I handle my clients finances, so I have to appear to them as trustworthy, and my appearance plays a major part (as you guys already know). I think people would see me as having tasteful style, that is without looking at my shoes. My shoe game needs work. I typically buy my dress shoes from Aldo, or from another fast-fashion style brand like Steve Madden. I like the modern design of Aldo's shoes, but after a week or two of wearing them, they look like sh**!!! Yesterday at work I said, I've had enough after my new oxfords from Aldo had the paint chipping off. So today, I headed to Nordstrom Rack and DSW to see if I could find a more expensive brand at a discounted rate. Thing is up until this afternoon, I wasn't sure what made a shoe good quality, so I thought Cole Haan would be something to look for.
Trying to learn from my repeated mistakes, whenever I had seen a shoe I liked (Ted Baker, Johnston and Murphy, Cole Haan, etc), I Googled for information on whether the brand would be sh** like Aldo or Steve Madden, and SF continued to pop up as a top link, and time and time again I had seen these mass-appeal brands to be horrible quality. I settled on a pair of Cole Haan oxfords as the reviews seemed to be marginally better than the other brands, but then I had read that Allen Edmonds were way better quality, "whatever those are". My last stop was to the full-service Nordstrom store to check these "AE's" out, and I could immediately tell the difference in quality in my hand, but they all had tags for $395+, so I quickly left without trying them on.
I returned home this evening and pondered whether I should just invest in a quality pair of dress shoes. So I came back on SF and read, and read some more. I can proudly say, now I know the difference between corrected grain and full grain leathers. And why stitched shoes are better than glued. I decided that I would return the Cole Haan's tomorrow and make an investment in a pair of leather soled, stitched, full grained leather dress shoes!
Just browsing, I found AE Riverside Derbys on Nordstrom Rack this evening for $209 and I swiped them quickly as only two pair in my size were left! I figured that the deal was too good to pass up, and that I can always return them should they not fit, etc.
Honestly, I am a little shocked I've spent so much on a pair of shoes, but I'm bearing in mind that I get what I pay for and that the investment will be worth it. I'm also remembering that the shoes are $400 that came with a discount of $185! I'm excited nonetheless. I never, ever thought I would be excited for a pair of shoes -- I can't wait for them to come!
Question: how do I care for my new investment to ensure they age gracefully. I bought some expandable shoe trees and a shoe horn this evening. Should I buy polish? I'm sure there are many threads that can give me some insight, but I'm still learning to navigate the forum, so could someone point me in the right direction? Any advice or information to offer?!
Thank you for all the help so far! I'm glad to be here!
Edited by arbrook - 4/17/16 at 12:12am