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Dress shoe creases...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by EricMangan, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. swiego

    swiego Senior Member

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    I am unsure whether those shoes can be given a new sole down the road. If so, I've had plenty of cheap shoes given new soles for $50 or less over the years, breathing new life into pairs for much less than what AE would charge for the factory service, for example. It's quite possible to get a decade or more of use out of a pair of sub-$100 shoes. People have been doing so for a long, long time.

    The important thing is to focus on taking care of what you have. You can't prevent a crease from forming, but you can take steps to keep the shoes looking nice. Good shoe trees (search this site) and a good polish and wax are good first steps. Also, heel taps and optionally toe taps, or a rubber bottom attached by a cobbler, can add a good amount of life to a sole: you take care of the upper, these prolong the life of the sole, and the net result are years of service.
     


  2. chogall

    chogall Distinguished Member

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    You can resole any shoes regardless of their construction or material. There are even demonstrations of Croc plastic shoe resoling.

    Re-lasting/re-finishing are another story.

    So please don't spread forum group think misinformation.
     


  3. lostron

    lostron Senior Member

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    if you invest in good shoes (like Allen Edmonds), that fit you, with quality leather.. Then creasing will not be as bad
     


  4. idfnl

    idfnl Stylish Dinosaur

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    Get a pair of shoe trees, that will help too
     


  5. marysdad

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    If you can still return the Aldos, there are some other alternatives for your budget. Watch the classified forum for a slightly used pair of decent shoes. I recently picked up a barely used pair of Allen Edmonds shoes for $90 and they are fabulous. That's not too far off of your price point. In the last 6 months, I have also thrifted a couple of decent pairs of barely worn vintage shoes for almost nothing: a pair of Johnston & Murphy captoes ($14) and a pair of vintage JC Penney private-label wingtips ($6). Both all leather, made in the USA items. The JC Penney wingtips even came with shoe trees.
     
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  6. Verniza

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    Well unless you need it urgently, I'd save the money and scour for good deals on eBay and B&S.

    In the long run, a good quality shoe with proper care is a worthy investment. After factoring in depreciation, life span and resale value of the shoe, you'll find that the premium pays off but I guess I'm the only idiot who buys everything with that mindset.
     


  7. Gdot

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    In addition to well fitting trees, and proper care one of the biggest factors affecting creasing it fit.

    A very snug shoe with the least amount of toe space you can manage comfortably will be far less likely to form and hold a crease.

    When buying shoes with long lasts this may mean sizing down a 1/2 size or more if possible.

    The fit factor is very important in terms of creasing.
     


  8. lychyrychy

    lychyrychy Senior Member

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    I feel like this kid is a troll for some reason. Someone can go ahead and cuss me out though:D
     


  9. Aqualung

    Aqualung Senior Member

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    You are absolutely correct, any shoe can be resoled not just welted shoes. A lot of lightweight expensive Italian shoes have light soles and no welts and are easily resoled. Expensive shoes with rubber soles are glued on too although these may be welted like my Cheaney chukkas.
     


  10. Aqualung

    Aqualung Senior Member

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    Never size down unless you're asking for a foot problem. A shoe must be the right length and width.
     


  11. md2010

    md2010 Distinguished Member

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    Hi with due respect to every one here is my 2 cents worth. A decent pair of shoes with leather sole (AE) will cost min of $150 event at discounted price. Which is a good price . How ever leather sole does needs to be replaced time to time. Quality shoes like AE you will be able to re sole as many times as you like. Cost price for resoling AE I think around $100. How often you will need to re sole ? Depending on how many pairs of shoes you have ! If you have only 1/2 pairs of shoes and you walk here and there in both bad and extremely bad weather then you may have to resole every year. And re soling could take few days at minimum. So if you plan to have only 1 pair of shoes then you might have to turn up at work bare footed ( or you can turn up at work wearing slippers).
    Now the Op's situation here is the budget. Under $100 you should stay away from leather soled shoes. Plus Op hasn't advised how many pairs of dress shoes op has. Becos if you are planing on only 1 pair of dress shoes for work then leather soled shoes better be avoided ( I am I wrong on saying this ?).
    These shoes for $75 are ok. Nothing special about them. They are just generic shoes. Personally I have few high quality leather soled shoes and also few rubber soled shoes. Rubber soled shoes nothing wrong with them. A pair of rubber soled shoes under $100 will last you few years at least with everyday wear(trust me I have done that with my hush puppies!) They will take the beating. And no I wouldn't worry about creasing and shoe tree on them will be waste as well. Just wear them and have fun. Use them until they break apart.... and once they do throw them. And also these shoes would be made form corrected grain. What I have hard is on CG leather conditioner/ polish doesn't work properly as there is a thick coat of paint on the top layer of this types of leather.
     


  12. Quadcammer

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    the heels on the aldos will wear in about 2 to 3 months. The rubber sole will be about 8 to 9 months in arrears. At that point, your shoes are junk, their only place is the trashcan.

    You can pick up a pair of walnut AE cliftons for about $120. Sure the leather sole may not last much longer than a year with every day use, but not only do the shoes look better, they can be recrafted for $100. That extra $25 per year and additional $45 up front cost is worth it for me for a much better looking, more comfortable, and higher quality shoe.
     


  13. gryffindor

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    by better do you mean ferragamo? I've been wearing a pair of dress shoes. Although the leather's nice and shiny and they make a nice sound when the heel strikes the ground, they are too heavy. Of course, I've seen wonderfully designed shoes from LV, but...not too sure about their credence as a shoe maker.
     


  14. Stevefriel

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    Thank you for this extremely helpful post. I too just purchased what are expensive shoes for me. I bought some brown florsheim wing tips. Did I buy a decent shoe? What does Style Forum consider to be good leather dress shoes that are reasonable in cost? Thank you for your insight!
     


  15. Dude94301

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    I just bought my first pair of dress shoes, upgrading from Cole Haans I've been wearing for 5+ years. I bought this pair of black Allen Edmonds Rogue Cap Toe Oxfords. I'm noticing these weird creases on them. Can someone look and tell me whether this is "normal" or if this is something I should contact the manufacturer about?

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