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First pair of decent shoes, brown or black?

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I am soon to buy my first pair of decent shoes; all others that I own are shameful at best. Anyhow, what do you fellows recommend as far as color goes if these are to be my only nice shoes for a while. I have no need to dress professionally, and whenever I wear a suit (which is not so often) I usually wear grays and charcoals, never black. Most of my pants are also grays of varying shades, khaki or dark browns and the occasional pair of jeans. I'm thinking a good brown shoe will be the most universal, yet I'd like to know just what you think.

Additionally, I have a budget of about 300 to 350 to spend. I really adore AE's, having had a pair that I wore so often they became eventually un-salvageable. I've got my eye on a few models, most notably the strand, mcclain and evanston. Obviously I like broguing...
 

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Originally Posted by distinct
I am soon to buy my first pair of decent shoes; all others that I own are shameful at best. Anyhow, what do you fellows recommend as far as color goes if these are to be my only nice shoes for a while. I have no need to dress professionally, and whenever I wear a suit (which is not so often) I usually wear grays and charcoals, never black. Most of my pants are also grays of varying shades, khaki or dark browns and the occasional pair of jeans. I'm thinking a good brown shoe will be the most universal, yet I'd like to know just what you think.

Additionally, I have a budget of about 300 to 350 to spend.
I really adore AE's, having had a pair that I wore so often they became eventually un-salvageable. I've got my eye on a few models, most notably the strand, mcclain and evanston. Obviously I like broguing...


Why not get both?

You can easily find two pairs of AE's for that.
 

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Originally Posted by James Bond
Why not get both? You can easily find two pairs of AE's for that.
Whereabouts? I have large feet and so every pair I have run across on ebay/B&S/thrifts tend to be about 3 - 4 sizes too small. Also, is it wise to order shoes online, especially if this is the first time I have tried out a brand - or should I go to a store? My friend's AE's fit me fairly well, but they are well broken in to his foot and not a very good indication of how a new shoe would fit. The size I had before is useless, as I was younger then and my feet were smaller.
 

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Originally Posted by distinct
Whereabouts? I have large feet and so every pair I have run across on ebay/B&S/thrifts tend to be about 3 - 4 sizes too small. Also, is it wise to order shoes online, especially if this is the first time I have tried out a brand - or should I go to a store? My friend's AE's fit me fairly well, but they are well broken in to his foot and not a very good indication of how a new shoe would fit. The size I had before is useless, as I was younger then and my feet were smaller.
What's your size? On eBay, you can find things pretty regularly up through about 16. You can try them on at a store and buy them online. eBay is a great source for new AE's. Shoesteal.com currently has 50% off most of theirs: The Hale in black
 

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Well my shoe size is usually 12.5

I have to admit I've never bought a shoe and actually paid attn to the width before, but my feet are 4.5" wide so would that be an "E" width?
 

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I guess it depends on what your other clothes are (currently) but in general if you don't have a good pair of black shoes - get this first. I would only consider brown first if you really can use them more than the black in your outfits.

But the thing is - I guess you need at least 2 pairs of good shoes to alternate, no?

Cheers
 

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With your budget you can go to ebay.co.uk & get 2 pair of brand new quality shoes in your size from the same seller. 2 birds...
 

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Black.













You will 'eventually' get some brown shoes, and probably like them more than the black, and wear them more, too. But you NEED black ... what else to wear to funerals, for example.

And yes, if you intend daily wear, you should have two pair (and one can be brown, for sure.)

Post-Xmas sales should get you some decent shoes at a good enough price to afford two pair.
 

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