I recently bought my first pair of dress shoes for a job interview I had. Â After much research, I bought a pair of black Alden straight-tip (cap-toe) Bals. Â They're excellent shoes and were very appropriate with a suit. Â However, now that I'll be working, I won't be wearing a suit very often. Â Just simply slacks and a dress shirt. Â I want to slowly build my wardrobe with quality rather than quantity. Â Here is what I'm thinking about: 5 slacks - charcoal gray, light gray, navy, brown?, black?, tan? 5 dress shirts - ... Now, I want people's opinions on what I should purchase for my second pair of shoes. Â It seems that genuine cordovan shoes would be my first choice because they can be paired with almost any color combination, BUT they're out of my price range (~$500) right now considering I'd have to buy a matching belt (~$200). Â So, I'm thinking about buying a pair of dark brown Alden plain-toe bluchers (~$350) with a matching belt (~$80). Â That way, I'll be able to rotate my shoes and have something to wear with the brown and earth-tone slacks (which I haven't purchased yet). I'd like to hear people's opinion on their experience/taste in building a wardrobe from scratch. Â Keep in mind I don't have much money now, but I'm willing to spend top dollar for quality pieces as long as I can use them interchangably. So far, here are the only items I have: Alden black straight-tip Bal shoes (with belt) 1 pair of charcoal gray slacks 1 light blue shirt Any suggestions or comments would help. Â Thanks.
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3/16/05 at 9:40pm