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Bargain or mid-market dress shoes: what's better value?

Clifford Wales

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Hi everyone,

New member, first post, so please be understanding if I seem a little bit naive...

Anyway, I'm a British-based family man on a modest salary, struggling with the cost of living, mortgage, kids: you know the score. I'm looking to dress 'smarter on a budget' - partly so that I can hopefully get promoted and *increase* my salary! - and I need a new pair of formal shoes. Or a couple of pairs even.

Given the constraints of my budget I don't think I can stretch to the likes of Crockett & Jones, but I came across this site offering imported handmade, calf leather Goodyear-welted Oxfords, Derbys and brogues for what look like very reasonable prices, and I wanted to get an expert take on them. If it comes down to a choice between a pair of these and something middle market like, say, these M&S shoes, which should I plump for?

Many thanks for your advice!
 

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