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Affordable alternative to Fiorentini + Baker oxfords?

rilian

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I'm quite in love with Fiorentini + Baker's range of shoes. I've been lusting after the Hive lace-up oxford for some time:

http://www.gimmeshoes.com/catalog/pr...roducts_id=625

Unfortunately, $428 is a bit out of my current price range. Does anyone know of more affordable alternatives?

What I like about Fiorentini + Baker oxfords are the overall shape, simplicity, and the somewhat distressed leather. I work in a casual environment, so a high-gloss shoe is not really appropriate. Problem is, all the oxfords I see online at Kenneth Cole and Allen Edmonds are all so shiny!

Any suggestions? Thanks!
 

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You can buy similar wingtips by Crockett and Jones from plal.com, and can achieve the distressed look by giving the shoes to a homeless guy for three months or so. Better yet, just give the guy $20 for his current shoes and pocket the $408.
 

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You could possibly find something similar by MOMA. Keep an eye on Yoox, which carries the brand. None of their current stock look quite like that F&B shoe, but you never know what'll turn up.
 

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Zappos has a wide range of N.D.C. on sale right now. I'm trying to hold myself back from copping a couple pairs. N.D.C. has a similar aesthetic to Fioretini + Baker, and is hand-made. I think I actually prefer N.D.C. - they really do a great job making a "rockstar" oxford.
 

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I think you'll probably find the NDC shoes on sale worth that little bit extra that they cost on top of the price of the MOMA. I ordered a pair of MOMA from Yoox earlier in the year and I sent them back unimpressed. (But then again I did the same when I bought some Crockett & Jones.)
I'm not saying that they're bad as such, (you get what you pay for) but I always prefer to go for something on sale that was once much more expensive.
 

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I quite like the N.D.C and H by Hudson suggestions. The prices for H are great!
 

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Did some searching and found these H by Hudson shoes on asos.com. I'm a hesitant to order from the UK, because it'll be hassle to return them if it doesn't fit. But I'm really into these:



 

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I like Allen Edmonds shoes, but those seem a tad chunky for me. :) Slim low-profile loafers are hard to find
 

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