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Best Bang for Your Buck Dress Shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mrmonday, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Well-Known Member

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    Agree - Vass is best for price/quality ratio in my opinion amongst all other top end brands I have owned.

    PM me if you require contact details for Vass Proxy I use in the UK who are offering 20/30% off.
    OR direct contact with Vass themself.
     
  2. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    I think the most important thing to consider when buying shoes is fit and comfort first. Without those, price or style mean nothing. I wouldn't buy shoes without trying them on first or without having a very easy return policy. So online purchasing should only be pursued for shoes if you have experience with the exact shoe or if the seller offers a simple, no hassle return (many do but not all).

    Also, remember that not of styles within a brand fit the same. For example, some John Lobb shoes fit me great and others in the same size but made with different lasts (shape) don't work at all.

    When doing your research be sure to compare apples to apples. Good luck!
     
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  3. RDiaz

    RDiaz Well-Known Member

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    Best bang for your buck is probably Vass at retail, but it's hard to find them at that price unless you go to Budapest yourself [​IMG]
     
  4. Winendine

    Winendine Well-Known Member

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    My thoughts exactly.
     
  5. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Well-Known Member

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    You are spot on about the fit being 100% perfect before budget and everything else is considered.
     
  6. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Well-Known Member

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    Definitely go to Budapest if you get the opportunity.

    Great city, Great hotels; Great goulash; Great shoes and very attractive looking woman [​IMG]
     
  7. SHS

    SHS Well-Known Member

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    I hope to go to Budapest next year, and find the Vass last that fit me best. Besides Vass, the only shoes I am planning to get sometime are Dinkelackers. I like their loafers better than the models Vass carries. Construction of both brands is superior to even twice as expensive english shoes from what I have gathered of information.
     
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  8. JBG89

    JBG89 Well-Known Member

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    If you can wait, go for allen edmonds 2 for $250 sale, got 2 park ave (rubber soled) last time around for $270
     
  9. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Well-Known Member

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    Why do you care what other people are buying / want to avoid this? Classic styles, frankly, are classic styles for a reason.


    I don't get this. Why would you want to wear a well made but ugly shoe? The whole point of buying quality goods is that you WANT to wear them for a long time. I can't see why anyone would want to wear an unattractive shoe as a wardrobe staple just because it was well made.
     
  10. Garasaki

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    So when does that usually happen?

    I happened to be in milwaukee over the weekend. The thought occured to me, does AE have a factory outlet type store...at the factory?
     
  11. cosmic

    cosmic Well-Known Member

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    What about the entry-level Brit shoemakers? Barker, Cheaney etc do good quality shoes at lower prices than C&J.
     
  12. WetbehindEars

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    If you're happy with pretty traditional styles, Allen Edmonds is an obvious choice (as many have already stated). I personally wouldn't buy anything from them other than their most classic styles; I don't think most of their other shoes are very attractive. Personal opinion, of course... and this might go without saying, but whatever you get, use shoe trees and leather conditioner/polish. It's the best way to keep leather of any quality level looking its best for as long as possible.
    If you're well aware of the importance of trees etc. forgive the lecture; I'm not trying to preach but I've just recently started to treat my shoes well and am amazed at how much better they look.

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  13. WetbehindEars

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    If you're happy with pretty traditional styles, Allen Edmonds is an obvious choice (as many have already stated). I personally wouldn't buy anything from them other than their most classic styles; I don't think most of their other shoes are very attractive. Personal opinion, of course... and this might go without saying, but whatever you get, use shoe trees and leather conditioner/polish. It's the best way to keep leather of any quality level looking its best for as long as possible.
    If you're well aware of the importance of trees etc. forgive the lecture; I'm not trying to preach but I've just recently started to treat my shoes well and am amazed at how much better they look.

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  14. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Well-Known Member

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    This is the type of simple, idiotic, "something for nothing" mentality that leads to wasted money and disappointment. If you want top-tier quality, then you have to pay for it. The companies know that they're offering top-tier quality. You aren't going to get it at a deep discount (unless you buy second-hand). PERIOD. You can find great value items, but you won't find top-tier at a deep discount.
     
  15. Pliny

    Pliny Well-Known Member

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    Vass are yoour best value quotient at the top, Carmina in the miiddle and Cheaney at tbe bottom of high-end RTW/ MTO. Start with a few simple basics
     
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  16. chet31

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    There is an AE factory 2nd store in Brookfield, suburb just west of Milwaukee.
     
  17. chet31

    chet31 Well-Known Member

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    Agree with this. AE has only a handful of shoes that I like. Then again, when I peruse Carmina or Vass selections, I can't help but feel it's pretty much the same selection, just done a little better.
     
  18. AriGold

    AriGold Well-Known Member

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    Looking to buy some good value footwear in US 10. Where do i go?!
     
  19. TheWraith

    TheWraith Well-Known Member

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    Shanghai Tianzi Shoes. Best value for your buck around IMO.
     
  20. AriGold

    AriGold Well-Known Member

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    Can u please point me to where i can buy it Mr. Wraith?
     

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