I am looking to purchase a black cap toe shoes on my upcoming vacation that costs less than $300. What are some brands I should look at? The only decent brand available where I am from is Allen Edmonds. I will be in Vancouver and would like to take advantage of the broader selection.
I don't know what shops are in Vancouver, but:
- get measured up in your local Allen Edmonds shop, find what you like, then see what's up at www.shoebank.com. I don't think AE are worth full price, but $100-150 seems reasonable, and I have a few that way.
- reasonably-priced English makers like Loake or Barker have some good deals. If you don't see them, try online at www.pediwear.co.uk or www.herringshoes.co.uk - they will ship to the US in a few days, and are very helpful on sizing and returns. www.meermin.es is a Spanish company that's also very reasonably priced, but a bit slow on service.
Taking a lot of padding out of the shoulders is the biggest worry as it changes the shape a lot. Talk to your tailor about what's possible, but I'd recommend not buying anything that isn't already what you want! A tiny nip in the waist, or a half inch off the sleeves is one thing, but you don't want major surgery - single or double breasted.
Yes for your purposes, but not walnut - very light colours can seem a bit frivolous.
The leather used in the quarter is inferior, from the belly of the animal or something, and stretches and wrinkles too easily. This is common on cheaper shoes, and although AE's full price doesn't seem cheap, it's firmly in the realms of "mass produced"! It's also possible that it doesn't fit you well - I do find my AE shoes a bit saggy around the waist, so that won't help. But yes I'd say that wrinking might be bad enough to count as seconds, but I can't guarantee that AE would agree.
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