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Affordable Black Oxfords

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mispoke, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. mispoke

    mispoke Well-Known Member

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    Any ideas for decent quality black oxfords / dress shoes at an affordable price point (i.e., priced below Allen Edmonds)? Right now, I'm wearing some tired-looking department store Florsheims. This is for a corporate work environment.
     
  2. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    Affordable is a relative term. A dollar amount would be more helpful.
     
  3. mispoke

    mispoke Well-Known Member

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    Below $200
     
  4. DextersMorgan

    DextersMorgan Well-Known Member

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    I would never wear Florsheims even if you gave me $50,000 worst shoes I ever wore in my life.
     
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    hohneokc Senior member

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    At that price point, look at some Cole Haans. My local menswear/shoe store has some nice Cole Haan lace ups at $198.

    Chris
     
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    dirkweems Well-Known Member

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    Kind of an extreme position. Florsheims may be shite shoes but I would wear them if you paid me $50,000. I would be happy to go spend that money at John Lobb, St James.
     
  7. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    You can absolutely find Allen Edmonds below $200. You simply may have to look around a bit and be patient to find what you want.
     
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  8. ckprax

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    The Allen Edmonds shoe bank regularly sells the Brooks Brothers PA seconds for $200 or less, they were $129 a couple weeks ago. Nordstroms sells the standard PA (firsts) for $219 once or twice a year.

    I would also consider black captoes from Andrew Lock, Meermin, Loake, Herring etc but you won't really be able to try before you buy and they will be a little above your budget.
     
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    Harold falcon Senior member

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    E often has seconds or sale items at that price point
     
  10. mispoke

    mispoke Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking for something like these John Lobb cap toe oxfords, but at a much more accessible price point (see above): http://www.johnlobb.com/models/oxford/city-ii

    I'm not a huge fan of the AE Park Ave … find the cap too small or far up the toe.

    Any suggestions?
     
  11. ChetB

    ChetB Senior member

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    Your best bet is probably something lightly worn on eBay. There really aren't any better-than-Florsheim-quality options within your budget range.
     
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    I would choose the Edgar out of all of those because they are closed-laced.

    Just be aware that they are probably corrected grain and won't last as long as a full grain leather shoe. Unfortunately, I just don't think you are going to be able to get something full-grain and non-AE at your price point. Maybe Loake is the closest to what you want if you are not adverse to buying online, but you are still looking at around $260.
     
  14. mispoke

    mispoke Well-Known Member

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    Cole Haan Air Adams on "sale" for $169.95 CAD, local store.

    Would you buy at this price? Are these corrected grain?
     
  15. David Reeves

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    Crockett and Jones. Mid range price shoe but good quality.
     

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