I would appreciate any input on my shoe decisions as I'm beginning to put together a better wardrobe even though my industry is quite casual (IT). I have over the last year or so had a handful of suits custom made here in Atlanta ( http://customsuitshop.com/ ). Dark Navy, Dark Charcoal, Black and Light Grey Windowpane suit. Plus the usual light tan dress slacks. I picked up the AE LaSalle in Chilli last year and wear this with my Navy suit and tan slacks:
Also picked up the AE Carlsbad in Walnut, wear with Tan slacks (not sure how i still feel about this pair).
I picked up these two pair based on what seemed to fit my foot at the AE store - one to replace a black Ecco pair.
AE Harrison in Black and AE Flatiron in Bourbon
Would greatly appreciate any feedback on these as i had considered looking at the C&J line, but figured since i had a local AE store plus could purchase twice as many AE vs C&J thought i'd go this route first. But these last two haven't been worn and i do have the option to return if the feedback is the C&J or another line is worth getting just a pair or two now.
I also would value any input on which pairs / colors go best with suit colors that i now have or may look to purchase.
Eith, take a look at this thread - http://www.styleforum.net/t/338954/streamlined-shoe-wardrobe/0_100. Also, this article sums up similar points too - http://putthison.com/post/27558524428/the-seven-shoe-wardrobe-the-longer-i-write-about. If you don't wear suits often, your one black pair of oxfords (AE Harrison) is probably going to be sufficient, and otherwise, you can focus on derbies, loafers, monks (and boots, although I suspect you don't need those so much in Atlanta), mostly in various shades of brown or cordovan.
That said, my opinion is that you are best off getting first shoes that you can try on. So if you can find a place which stocks C&J (Barneys etc.), go ahead, but if not, Allen Edmonds is a good choice too. Once you have a solid rotation, you can start experimenting by ordering other brands online if that's your thing.