Originally Posted by krn.nyc
diorshoe: a little too expensive for my budget, since it will probably be an occasional shoe, and i'd rather not make a huge investment before i know what i really like
any other recommendations? great thread btw
Well, diorshoe's prices are really excellent (and I like his shoes too!), but if you don't want to go that route, I would urge you to look for a pair of balmoral captoes, with little or no broguing. The A-E Park Avenues are the kind of shoe I'd recommend--a plain captoe with balmoral (or oxford) closed lacing (as opposed to open-lacing as found on bluchers). That kind of shoe is very versatile and will fill the bill for you for any dress events you're likely to be engaged in, as well as for all business occasions. They wouldn't look good with more casual dress, but with a suit, they'd work well--better than most other styles. You can definitely find shoes like the A-E PA on eBay for prices under the $130 you've mentioned. In addition to looking for PAs on eBay, look for Crockett & Jones, Church's, Cheaney, Alfred Sargent, Tricker's, and Ferragamo. (I've probably forgotten some brands here.) If you're uncertain about size and fit with any of these, come back onto this forum for more help.