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Best Bang for Your Buck Dress Shoes?

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

  1. mrmonday

    mrmonday Member

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    Okay so I have been doing a little research on dress shoes and I want to get a nice brown pair and a decent black pair. I want to keep price under $500 (preferably $250-$350) and quality is by far the most important aspect of shoes. Of course style is important to me, but the shoes that people bash on for being ugly look fine to me. I feel really good when I buy something at a great price so getting a pair that is highly discounted but top quality is the goal. I really like the Sutor Mantellassi shoes I found highly discounted on shopthefinest.com but I have not seen recent opinions on there quality. These are the ones I am looking at (http://www.shopthefinest.com/p-42968-sutor-mantellassi-dark-brown-shoes-size-105-us-95-uk.aspx)
    If you guys have other suggestions let me know, I am really most interested in quality bang for your buck shoes that can be resoled over and over and will stay supple.
     
  2. MartiniGirl

    MartiniGirl Senior member

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    Those Sutor's are the top of the line. I don't know much about them, but I know the better quality is in the ones with the blue soles. Which are these ones. Plus that seems like a really good deal! Do some research before purchasing though. Google "Sutor Mantellassi Quality" and you'll have your answer. Good luck!
     
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  3. mrmonday

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    Apparently both the blake and good year construction ones have the blue sole now but I want to make sure I am getting the good year construction ones. All the threads that refer to this brand are about 4-6 years old so I am not sure if the quality is still the same. If anyone knows of any other great shoe deals out there on the interwebs let me know. I have only researched for about 30 minutes on the forums and came across these. I don't feel like I should make the purchase until I have compared them to similar quality shoes at a similar price. I really don't know anything about quality made shoes so I am relying on the SF community..
     
  4. Liquidus

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    At your price range (~$450) Crockett and Jones Benchgrade is what people here like.
     
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  5. mrmonday

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    Yes, I noticed very quickly that C&J are the favorite but I have not been able to find a handsome pair of C&J brown oxfords under $550 on internet retailers. Also, I am looking for something that not everyone is buying and can be found at a deep discount but is the quality that its retail price suggests.
     
  6. Liquidus

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    C&J Westbourne. Check Robert Old. You can't have superior design AND quality AND a low price.
     
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  7. Luvwine

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    This is probably too obvious, but for the money, it is hard to beat Allen Edmonds and there are lassic choices in the $250 to $350 range (most anything except Shell Cordovan).
     
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  8. mrmonday

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  9. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    What reviews? Are you a 10.5 D US?

    Another way to get discounted shoes are factory seconds. The problem with buying shoes on discount is that even if you find something in your size, it's probably an unpopular design/color.

    The "bang for your buck" mentality doesn't really work in the world of clothing in my experience. I was thinking in the same way 3 years ago. Now I buy C&J Handgrade at full price and don't regret it at all.
     
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  10. mrmonday

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    Yes, Allen Edmonds and Sutor are the best bang for your buck shoes I have found so far but I'm still searching and I'm sure there are others out there that are less popular. What do you gents think of these N.D.C. made by hand shoes? http://www.gilt.com/sale/men/footwe...t/164118017-n-d-c-made-by-hand-notion-oxfords
     
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  11. Caustic Man

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    If you do a simple google search for the label you will find quite a few threads talking about the shoes, here is an example (http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?98541-Sutor-Mantellassi) You are right that often times discounted shoes are unpopular but as long as there are positive reviews it is usually just a good deal.
     
  13. mrmonday

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    I love this response. Which ones are you referring to? I am looking for top tier quality for as cheap as possible so looks are not as important as quality.
     
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    you can grab C&J made captoes through brooks brothers (peal & co. labeled shoes) on sale for under the $500 mark
     
  15. Caustic Man

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    I am referring to the ones you posted immediately prior to my response. If you ask me I can't see how looks are in any way separable from quality. If you simply want a high quality shoe that will last you for your entire lifespan without regard to the way they look then get yourself a pair of Doctor Martins, put up with the comparisons to Lurch, and be done with it. Other than that, I don't care how well it is made, an ugly shoe is an ugly shoe and I wont buy it.
     
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  16. Liquidus

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    I browse the B&S forums every once in a while and remembered these. You're pretty lucky as new pairs of C&J on there are fairly rare.
     
  17. mrmonday

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    Dr. Martens have there place with jeans and a t-shirt. I am looking for something that I can wear with a variety of modern suits. And when I refer to quality I mean something that is made by a skilled cobbler in a shop that has strict quality control not a synthetic soled shoe that any manufacturer could make.
     
  18. Liquidus

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    You can't really separate design (looks) from quality as people that pay for high-quality shoes generally want them to not be ugly.
     
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