I live in New York for the last six months and I need to renew a pair of lace-up black shoes to go along with my suit. In France I'm used to buy Loding, Finsbury or Emling, three amazing brands that are amazing alternative to english brands and much cheaper ($200/$300)
As these brand are located only in Europe, I wonder what alternatives are available for black derbys (we call them richelieu even if we're wrong). My reference model would be the C&J Weymouth but at $700 I can't really afford them.
My price range would be between $200 and $300 maximum. I'll already check Johnston&Murphy (as they leather and finitions appeared to be correct but I'll wait to see them before judging), but I will be open to other brands.
Would anybody have a idea?
Thank you in advance.
PS: I discarded Cole&Haan and many other cheap shoes. I'm looking more for the small business that knows what are shoes for men.