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What's THE most affordable/cheap and decent looking cap-toe oxfords?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dreamspace, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. dreamspace

    dreamspace Well-Known Member

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    A friend recently asked me for help to "suit" him up for the upcoming Christmas holidays. Found a very decent MTM suit, shirts and ties.

    However, he only owns a pair of ugly square-toe shoes.

    The budget is already stretched out pretty bad, and keeping in mind that he's only going to wear the shoes 4-5 times a year, we're looking for something that's cheap, but looks decent...or at least as good as it can look, for the price. Quality takes the back seat in this one.

    He's mainly interested in buying new shoes, not keen on the idea of buying used shoes. Or clothing for that mater. (just a personal preference),

    What's the best looking oxfords you can find, for 50$?
     
  2. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Well-Known Member

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    I can think of no shoes, leather or otherwise, which can be bought for $50 that are of any desirable quality.
     
  3. stevent

    stevent Well-Known Member

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    Go on Amazon, should be able to find something that looks somewhat decent. It'll be corrected grain leather glued together by little kids in a sweatshop somewhere but it'll be $50
     
  4. dreamspace

    dreamspace Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, figured that. Trying to choose the lesser evil here.

    Aldo
    60$

    Description: Laced
    Material: Leather
    Sole: Rubber
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    MMone

    50$

    synthetic
    manmade sole
    Man-made Leather


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    Bass Men's Atlanta Cap Toe Oxford

    57$

    leather
    Rubber sole
    Classic silhouette dress pump; Fully cushioned footbed
    Rounded toe
    Full-grain leather upper
    Five eyelet lacing for customized fit


    [​IMG]


    If budget can be stretched to 107$, I found these, which would be the obvious winners in the 0-100$ price class.

    Johnston & Murphy Men's Melton Oxford

    107$

    leather
    Leather sole
    Goodyear welt construction allows leather to mold to the foot shape over time to create custom fit
    Fully leather lined insole is perforated to allow moisture dispersion and added breathability
    Cork heel filler PORON foam cushioned forepart and insole
    Trampoline cushioning system

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. stevent

    stevent Well-Known Member

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  6. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Well-Known Member

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    go with the bass
     
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  10. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Well-Known Member

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    Take your friend to DSW or Chernin's. I have a few pairs of shoes from those places that I absolutely ABUSE! They look alright, and they're good for what they are: BEATERS!
     
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  11. Quixote

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    Go to your local department store, like J.C.P. or Macy's and look for shoes that look like the above Bass. Often department stores have semi-decent looking shoes for good prices. You can look for brands like Bass, Nunn Bush or Aldo.
     
  12. Semi Fly

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    May I ask why you guys prefer the Bass over the J&M Melton? The Bass is not even a true oxford, right?

    I am planning to purchase the J&M Melton for upcoming grad school interviews. I stopped by Nordstrom to check out some AEs, and while they are nice, I can't justify stretching my budget more than I already have after a new suit, dress shirts, etc (even at the $250 they are available in B&S)

    The way I see it, I'd rather go cheap on a pair of black oxfords now and invest in a nicer pair of brown dress shoes down the line. Durability will not be a huge concern if I am only wearing them occasionally for interviews, weddings, etc. If I do wind up with a job in which I need to dress more conservatively, then I can invest in a nicer pair down the road and relegate these to beaters. Sounds like most people on here rotate 2+ pairs of black oxfords anyway.

    I feel like that is pretty sound logic, but J&Ms get such a bad rep on here. If there is another suitable shoe for $100, I'd love some suggestions.

    OP: sorry for thread jack, I figured this was better than creating a new thread
     
  13. Dewey

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    ^ Your logic is bad. You want to save your money, won't wear the shoes much, and you want to spend twice as much for the crappy shoes? How does that make sense?
     
  14. VinnyMac

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    ...agreed. Not to mention, there's no such thing as "THE most affordable/cheap and decent-looking oxfords?" All of those adjectives are completely subjective. Go to Chernin's (or some other discount basement shoe store), and look around. You may be able to find a decent deal on Amazon or Ebay.
     
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  15. Semi Fly

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    Well, one is a leather soled balmoral, and the other one is a rubber soled blucher. I'd want something formal enough to wear to anything I may need to attend over the next few years (namely, business school, interviews, maybe internships depending on the work environment, and weddings). There may be a few situations where a leather soled shoes is more appropriate than a rubber soled, more casual looking one. Most of the time, I doubt it will matter. However, I don't think I'll be in a situation where my shoes aren't dress enough. It may not be AE quality, but it will suffice for now. Down the line, sure, the walnut strands look incredible, but I'm about to become a poor college kid and now is not the time to splurge.
     
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    As long as you aren't expecting them to look great after anything remotely close to regular wear, get the J&M. Expecting them to be useful a couple years down the line would be expecting too much, but I agree about the need for leather soles.

    (seriously...if you want them to last, wear them only when needed...but make sure the leather doesnt dry out)
     
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    So much sadness in here. So much.
     
  18. dreamspace

    dreamspace Well-Known Member

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    Actually, it's not about not having enough cash. It's about justifying to spend 200$-300$ on a pair of shoes that you're going to use at most 3 times a year, some times even less.

    FWIW, we found a pair of mint J&M oxfords for 30$ on Ebay, and went with those.
     
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    Then you should get out more.
     
  20. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Well-Known Member

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    Too true. It's like there is this false perception that you can only wear oxfords for "occasions".
     

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