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Comfortable shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lockey2k, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    Well, are they?
    I have a pair that were given to me as a gift, and they are very uncomfortable. They're also, imho, poorly-constructed - not necessarily the same thing. (For example, I have a pair of Donald Pliners that are cheap glue jobs but are very comfortable).
     
  2. wvuguy

    wvuguy Active Member

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    I would also recommend Allen Edmonds (AE), which can be found pretty easily for under $200. In New York right now, a mini-chain called Shoe Mania has a couple of different styles marked down to something like $150 and DSW (Discount Shoe Warehouse, a national chain) often has a variety of AE for under $200. Plus, at DSW, you can try on a variety of different sizes without relying on a salesperson.

    I walk through DSW stores locally (Cincinnati) a half-dozen or so times a year.....and have NEVER seen an AE shoe anywhere near the property unless a pair was on my feet. Their idea of a "good" dress show is a Nunn Bush, or a Kenneth Cole.

    Presumably, AE is something DSW inventories ONLY in larger markets.
     
  3. NoVaguy

    NoVaguy Senior member

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    Presumably, AE is something DSW inventories ONLY in larger markets.

    possibly. it might depend on the store location and clientele. in the northern virginia area, i've been to two DSW's - the one at Pentagon City (one stop from the Pentagon) and the one by Springfield Mall (right by the mixing bowl). The Pentagon city location has maybe anywhere between 2 and 5 AE models, but I don't think I've seen any at the Springfield location.
     
  4. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    As a tangent to the AE discussion, would it be fair to say that it's not worth it buying AEs on C21 / Filene's / DSW when you can get them much cheaper on eBay (unless you do live near the outlet)? The new ones at discount stores cost about $180 pretax, and it's not often you find leather soled models, more so closed lacing models?
     
  5. lockey2k

    lockey2k Senior member

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    One concern is do leather sole shoes survive New York City streets?

    One concern with eBay is fit and comfort. Shouldn't I try them on first? :/
     
  6. Carey

    Carey Senior member

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    One concern is do leather sole shoes survive New York City streets? One concern with eBay is fit and comfort. Shouldn't I try them on first? :/
    So avoid wearing on soaking wet or sloppy days. Pavement and concrete will weardown a rubber sole just as easily. You should buy a goodyear welted shoe. The soles are a bit thicker, and probably standup to hard wear more readily than a thin soled shoe. You should expect to get at least two-years wear if you wear this shoe every other day. I would not recommend buying a shoe you have not tried on first, unless you know you can return it. Allen Edmonds come in many different lasts, all of which fit differently. It is worth your while to visit a store that carries the style and brand you would like to have. Get measured with a Brannick Device and find what fits you best. If you don't purchase at this outing (if you are that shrewd), then make note of the style of the last or model of the shoe, then you can order it from somewhere else.
     

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