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post #27391 of 28664
@oxfordms I can't really advise you on those shoes though I expect the predominant response here is going to be to send them all back and go buy some Allen Edmonds (though they will be about $100 more).
I will warn you though that new leather soled shoes + dancing is probably a recipe for disaster. People new to proper dress shoes often end up stacking it once or twice on smooth floors. Try and get them topy'd first or wear them out and about a couple times before the dance
post #27392 of 28664
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Originally Posted by oxfordms View Post

Sorry, I just saw this thread. I think I should have posted this here to begin with.

Because of my dog's newly developed appetite for shoes, I need a pair of dress shoes by Saturday.
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Tuesday, my dog ate my black dress shoes. This wasn't too big a deal, since they were old and of low quality to begin with. I have a dance to go to on Saturday though, so I have to get shoes by then. I only have a few options that I can go with, as I need the shoes so soon.

The options:

Florsheim Edgar (really not as shiny as the picture makes them seem)



Bostonian Andover





Cole Hann Caldwell

(I don't have any pictures of these, the other two pairs I ordered from zappos to try out. The cole Hanns are at a store nearby.)


Any advice? I've never owned a good pair of dress shoes with leather soles. I'm excited to have something better to wear and to dance in, but I want to make sure I choose shoes that I can use for a few years, and for work/ formal events. The cole Hanns are 155, the other two are 120. If the cole hanns are worth the extra few bucks, I'm not worried about the price difference. They are very shiny though, is that appropriate for a variety of situations? Or do they seem dressier because of that?

Thanks!

 

I have a pair of Allen Edmonds Oxfords that I thrifted recently, and I've had a pair of Florsheim Oxfords for 10 years.  The Florsheims are indestructible, but the leather is quite stiff, and so, after a whole day of wear, my feet hurt.  I have a high bone on the top of my foot and, basically, almost any Oxford would hurt it a little by the end of the day, but, by comparison to the AE, the Florsheims hurt more, and sometimes hurt in other places as well.  But, as I said, the Florsheims are indestructible.  They have gone through moves, been worn in and out of every hockey rink on Vancouver Island, sometimes after up t three hours of driving (okay after a couple of times, I drove in my running shoes for the really long drives, and changed before getting out of the car.  Needed the running shoes to warm up before games, anyway), tossed in closets, lost for periods of months, buried under boxes, scuffed by all manner of debris, and they are still on their first sole, take a brilliant shine, and look the same as they did a month after I started wearing them.  With minimal treatment from a shoe repair store - namely a good shine, and repainting the outer edges of the outsole to their original black, they were up to scratch to pair with morning coat, and top hat, for my wedding.  They have been well worth the $110 investment.

 

That said, the AE's are a better shoe.

post #27393 of 28664
Hi

I want to start my business wardrobe and i dont have a single pair of brown shoes. should my first pair be formal or more casual?. if u can provide me links with pics ill really appreciate it.

regards.
post #27394 of 28664
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Originally Posted by Albertoctro View Post

Hi

I want to start my business wardrobe and i dont have a single pair of brown shoes. should my first pair be formal or more casual?. if u can provide me links with pics ill really appreciate it.

regards.

 

What is the type of attire you will normally be wearing at work, and what shoes do you already have?

post #27395 of 28664
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Originally Posted by ImTheGroom View Post

What is the type of attire you will normally be wearing at work, and what shoes do you already have?

hi
im starting from zero dude, i only have 1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of nike basquetball tennis shoes and 1 pair of cheap black shoes i bought a couple of months ago.

let me explain my situation. right now i dont have a job and im looking for one, i bought a shirt and a pair of khaki pants a couple of days ago to wear for an interview, im only missing a pair of brown shoes and i dont know if they should be formal or casual because, since i dont have many shoes, i thought i could use them with jeans also while i get paid again.

i know im in a pretty crappy situation right now and i can ony afford one pair of shoes, but if u could give me some advice id really appreciate it.

thanks in advance.
post #27396 of 28664
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Originally Posted by Albertoctro View Post

hi
im starting from zero dude, i only have 1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of nike basquetball tennis shoes and 1 pair of cheap black shoes i bought a couple of months ago.

let me explain my situation. right now i dont have a job and im looking for one, i bought a shirt and a pair of khaki pants a couple of days ago to wear for an interview, im only missing a pair of brown shoes and i dont know if they should be formal or casual because, since i dont have many shoes, i thought i could use them with jeans also while i get paid again.

i know im in a pretty crappy situation right now and i can ony afford one pair of shoes, but if u could give me some advice id really appreciate it.

thanks in advance.

What kind of job are you going for? With the exception of an after school gig at a pizza bar I've never worn less than suit and tie for any job interview.
I guess it depends what you are going for but generally you should try to dress up as best you can for an interview so is say get the more formal shoe. But if you're just wearing jeans/chinos oxfords will probably look pretty jarring. Maybe go with a pair of well shined wing tips? (Caveat I'm not American and have not much idea about interviewing processes there)
post #27397 of 28664
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What kind of job are you going for? With the exception of an after school gig at a pizza bar I've never worn less than suit and tie for any job interview.
I guess it depends what you are going for but generally you should try to dress up as best you can for an interview so is say get the more formal shoe. But if you're just wearing jeans/chinos oxfords will probably look pretty jarring. Maybe go with a pair of well shined wing tips? (Caveat I'm not American and have not much idea about interviewing processes there)

 

Yes, we really need to know what kinds of job you're seeking, so we can give you appropriate advice.  Can you show a picture of your black dress shoes?

post #27398 of 28664
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What kind of job are you going for? With the exception of an after school gig at a pizza bar I've never worn less than suit and tie for any job interview.

I have dressed down for interviews, but in unique situations and only at the request of the interviewer, such as interviewing on a weekend so as not to raise suspicion at my current employer. The last one I did that for, the interviewer just said "don't worry about wearing a suit," so I wore a tie-less OCBD and chinos. Interviewer shows up in golf attire complete with shorts, sandals (so as to easily slip into spikes), and polo as he apparently had a tee time after the interview. He said "I thought I told you not to dress up!" I got the job, I'm still here haha.
post #27399 of 28664
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Originally Posted by Albertoctro View Post

hi
im starting from zero dude, i only have 1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of nike basquetball tennis shoes and 1 pair of cheap black shoes i bought a couple of months ago.

let me explain my situation. right now i dont have a job and im looking for one, i bought a shirt and a pair of khaki pants a couple of days ago to wear for an interview, im only missing a pair of brown shoes and i dont know if they should be formal or casual because, since i dont have many shoes, i thought i could use them with jeans also while i get paid again.

i know im in a pretty crappy situation right now and i can ony afford one pair of shoes, but if u could give me some advice id really appreciate it.

thanks in advance.

In general, if it's a "real" job, you gotta go with suit and tie unless otherwise told. Dress for the job you want as the saying goes. Check thrifts if you are short on cash, I think most of us can relate to that position at some point, which is likely part of why many of us thrift.

Not sure where you are from, but in many areas, you can get a whole outfit (suit, shirt, shoes) from a thrift for under $25. Spend another $25 on some basic alterations and dry cleaning, and you immediately look better than 90% of the people you are interviewing against. Prices vary by locale.
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Originally Posted by ovlov View Post

What kind of job are you going for? With the exception of an after school gig at a pizza bar I've never worn less than suit and tie for any job interview.
I guess it depends what you are going for but generally you should try to dress up as best you can for an interview so is say get the more formal shoe. But if you're just wearing jeans/chinos oxfords will probably look pretty jarring. Maybe go with a pair of well shined wing tips? (Caveat I'm not American and have not much idea about interviewing processes there)

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Originally Posted by ImTheGroom View Post

Yes, we really need to know what kinds of job you're seeking, so we can give you appropriate advice.  Can you show a picture of your black dress shoes?

im an engineer and im loooking forward to work in softtek, so i suppouse you can call it an imprtant job. these r the only shoes i have:







and this is theshirt and pants i have:



i do apologize if im making this difficult for u but im new to the dress well world and i really want to look better.

regards
post #27401 of 28664
I think those shoes are Ok. You can wear them with a suit - they aren't perfect, but they'll do the job. I'm not sure brown shoes should be your next purchase. I think you need to worry first about interview clothes.

Start with a solid Navy blue suit. It can be a cheap one, as long as it isn't shiny, and it fits well. I'd honestly put money there before brown shoes. You'll want to wear black ones for an interview.
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Originally Posted by ovlov View Post

What kind of job are you going for? With the exception of an after school gig at a pizza bar I've never worn less than suit and tie for any job interview.
I guess it depends what you are going for but generally you should try to dress up as best you can for an interview so is say get the more formal shoe. But if you're just wearing jeans/chinos oxfords will probably look pretty jarring. Maybe go with a pair of well shined wing tips? (Caveat I'm not American and have not much idea about interviewing processes there)
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Originally Posted by ImTheGroom View Post

I think those shoes are Ok. You can wear them with a suit - they aren't perfect, but they'll do the job. I'm not sure brown shoes should be your next purchase. I think you need to worry first about interview clothes.

Start with a solid Navy blue suit. It can be a cheap one, as long as it isn't shiny, and it fits well. I'd honestly put money there before brown shoes. You'll want to wear black ones for an interview.

I thought about it after reading your anwers and i think you r right. Why should i buy another shoes if i already have a pair?. i will buy a cheap navy blue suit and have it tailored if necessary to make it fit well so i can use it with my current black shoes, at least until i have money tu get better clothes.
thanks for the advice smile.gif.
post #27403 of 28664
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Originally Posted by TJhambone09 View Post

I have dressed down for interviews, but in unique situations and only at the request of the interviewer, such as interviewing on a weekend so as not to raise suspicion at my current employer. The last one I did that for, the interviewer just said "don't worry about wearing a suit," so I wore a tie-less OCBD and chinos. Interviewer shows up in golf attire complete with shorts, sandals (so as to easily slip into spikes), and polo as he apparently had a tee time after the interview. He said "I thought I told you not to dress up!" I got the job, I'm still here haha.

so by telling u "dont wear a suit" he xpected u to wear shorts and sandals too? he should have explained himself better lol. i read your ansers as well and as i posted a moment ago ill get a cheap suit. im pretty sure there are places around here where i can get a cheap suit, ill just have to invest a bit in the tailor to make it fit.
thanks for the advice.
post #27404 of 28664
Right - treat yourself to shoes with your first paycheque. Get a white shirt, and a burgundy tie, something like the link below, and dark grey dress socks (they can have a sedate pattern, but nothing flashy for interviews). Do you have a friend or relative that can go shopping with you who has some more experience, to give you a second opinion on fit? Or, you can always post on the tailoring thread right away so you can exchange or return the suit if it's not quite right.

http://www.thetiebar.com/mobile/order_page.asp?pn=12836&orderPageReturn=%2Fmobile%2FcategoryPages%2FRed%5FTies%2Easp&pg=23&categoryIds=31,24&optionValueIds=

http://www.thetiebar.com/mobile/order_page.asp?pn=16032&orderPageReturn=%2Fmobile%2FcategoryPages%2FRed%5FTies%2Easp&pg=28&categoryIds=31,24&optionValueIds=

http://www.thetiebar.com/mobile/order_page.asp?pn=17040&orderPageReturn=%2Fmobile%2FcategoryPages%2FRed%5FTies%2Easp&pg=28&categoryIds=31,24&optionValueIds=

Those ties are $15, but quality wise, they are similar to a $50 tie from Nordstrom's house brand.
post #27405 of 28664
yes, actually i have a friend who has a better idea of how to dress, ill make sue to take him with me when i get the suit and shirt. tnaks for the advice on ties i was wondering about it when i decided to get the suit.

i have another question though, i ve seen that the OCBDs r popular for casual wear and id like to get some for normal days at the job and to be honest with you im not sure how to identify an OCBD from other shirts. Can you pls tell me what are the most popular brands so i can know what im looking for?. regards.
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