First pair of (quality) dress shoes.+ Clarks Originals Desert Boots

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  1. TehBunny

    TehBunny Senior member

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    Sorry If this does not belong here (im new and i can put up with a bit of agro from seasoned members);

    I live in Australia and am looking for a black (preferably) or brown/burgundy pair of leather dress shoes. I have owned the usual as you say 'pieces of crap' and am wanting a shoe which will last me.
    An everyday shoe which will be complemented on and look elegant with; be it a suit jeans or khakis.

    As earlier I said I live in Australia; means I cannot (without long wait and shipping fee) and would rather not (save them for my second pair once i have more experience) buy a pair of AE's (style forums 'go to') shoe.
    Because I cannot try them on....which I find very important in a shoe.

    I am thinking of getting a pair of Loakes as my friend said they are 'beast.' I'm thinking that's around $300ish price range. I have been reccomended the 1880's (black buckinghams anyone?).

    So give me reccomendations on shoes...any as a first (quality) dress shoe; and as I am a complete and utter 'noob': shoe care tips (trees; polish; waterproffing; minimisng creases; taps etc.)


    P.S.

    Clarks Originals Desert Boots (need answer this week pls)
    Having trouble choosing a color for clark's originals here are the 2 im thinking of getting (will be worn with khaki chinos and khakis as well as indigo or usual wash jeans:

    1. Dark Brown Suede:http://www.asos.com/au/Clarks-Origi...&sh=0&pge=1&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Brownsuede

    2. Tan Suede:http://www.asos.com/au/Clarks-Origi...0&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Tan&xr=1&mk=VOID&r=3

    Reasons why you choose the colour would be appreciated too thanks :)


    P.P.S hopefully didn't fail too much in my first post :p
     


  2. Apollotrader

    Apollotrader Senior member

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    Sorry you have to go for AE Park Ave.
     


  3. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    Why? There's nothing wrong with Loakes.
     


  4. Mingthemerciles

    Mingthemerciles New Member

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    If you live in Melbourne check out 'Beggar Man Thief' in South Melbourne or their store-in-store at Henry Buck's, fantastic shoe store with a great range, they stock Loakes too.
     


  5. Joker Man

    Joker Man Senior member

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    I'd go with the tan

    Do not order shoes by mail and just buy something locally so you can try it on. Go with a black or brown blutcher. And if something about a shoe just doesn't feel right then just don't buy it. Shoes don't stretch to where they will fit without a problem.
    As far as care just just some paste and brush them.
    Shoetrees are debateable with some experts saying they're essential and others saying they don't matter but if it makes you feel better then use them.
    Personally I think they're not necessary in suede shoes or those Clarks you're buying.
     


  6. Breedlove

    Breedlove Senior member

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    I have Desert Boots in both of those colors and I'll have to admit, while the tan is the much more commonly seen color (and arguably better looking), it's much easier to match the dark brown.
    I've worn my dark brown Desert Boots to the ground and it's time to pick up another pair. [​IMG]

    Edit: FYI: not sure how pricing in Australia goes but if it's anything like the US, they go on sale from time to time. If I recall correctly, I paid around 50 dollars USD per pair.
     
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  7. Breedlove

    Breedlove Senior member

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    I think he's just going along with the typical SF response to someone looking to buy their first pair of dress shoes haha.

    Honestly though, I'd prefer a nice pair of Loakes to AE calf if they were more readily available in the US.
     


  8. Oleg

    Oleg Senior member

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    You'll get more useful advice on the long running dedicated Australian thread so try posting your q there. Availability of shoes in Oz sucks heavily so, if you're (understandably) reluctant to go down the mail order route, you'll get better advice on what's actually available. Have to say, in the eight years I lived in Oz, the only shoes I bought there (rather than on trips home to the UK) were a pair of thongs, some RMs and a pair of suede Loakes that the poster Charlie's Wardrobe had ordered from the UK in the wrong size (he lived around the corner from where I worked). The selection was bloody awful and/or very overpriced.
    If you're going to go for Loakes, try to avoid the very highly shined ones.
     
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  9. cioni2k

    cioni2k Senior member

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    If you're going to order by mail without trying on, absolutely go Meermin (www.meermin.es). Best bang for your buck IMO. However, there's absolutely nothing wrong with Loakes and those wouldn't make a bad first shoe either
     


  10. madeinitaly

    madeinitaly Active Member

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    what about a pair of Crockett&Jones?
    the westfield if you like brogue
    connaught if you like the without decorations.
    the fit of Crockett is superlative.
     


  11. TehBunny

    TehBunny Senior member

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    Sorry haven't been back for so long but thank you very much; and where's the Oz thread. (sorry thinking this is a nubby question)
    P.S.
    Found shoes (by way of dieworkwear) made by 'Markowsky-Chauseeur' and 'Septieme-Largeur' very cheap and need sizing advice; they seem darn nice
    BTW I have tiny feet, yet wide and usually a size 6UK/7US. So are these shoes generally narrow or wide. I am currently looking at the 'Balmoral' dress boots and a pair of suede chukkas. Thanks
     
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