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Leather soled Oxfords with rubber soles

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jesseosiecki, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. jesseosiecki

    jesseosiecki Member

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    I would like to preface this post with:
    1) I am in fact a college student, and therefore have a limited budget(though with more money allocated to clothing than I should).

    2) This is my first potential purchase of real Oxfords. Being in the south, and hailing from a society that considers loafer dress shoes, I haven't needed to purchase anything else nicer than my Florsheim rubber soled dress loafers (which are really comfortable btw). I simply would like to up my shoe game for, well I suppose my own passion for goods menswear despite lack of real need. That is, for the same reason I get my shirts and suits tailored, and for the same reason I wear dress shirts in an office of polos; I believe in dressing the part before you have it.

    I digress

    I would really like a pair of Allen Edmond wingtips. They are beautiful and everything a shoe should be in my opinion. However they can be quite expensive. I have done a limited amount of research (I can't spend too much time on it at the moment unfortunately) on more budget oriented alternatives, and have come up with these: http://www.amazon.com/Johnston-Murp...=sr_1_8?s=shoes&ie=UTF8&qid=1372300047&sr=1-8

    My question is: what does the Style forum have to say about leather soled shoes with rubber heels. I have seen this type of construction in most shoe stores, and it seems like a happy medium that lies somewhere in the land of a reasonable purchase. Nonetheless it makes me worry about construction (I almost am sure that these types, and that shoe specifically have glued on soles, and not stiched) and durability. If I buy a nice pair of shoes, I suppose I simply just want them to be of a certain level of quality that lacks in most commercial products nowadays.

    I want to hear your solicited (and unsolicited) advice

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    Jesse
     


  2. Subutai

    Subutai Senior member

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    If you want Allen Edmond wingtips you can get them for under $200. Call or email the AE Shoebank for seconds.

    Don't bother with those JM's in your link. Get AE McAllisters, in burgundy.
     


  3. jesseosiecki

    jesseosiecki Member

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    That sounds pretty nice. I was thinking black
     


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    Do you happen to know where to find this email? on another note look at these guys:
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF5104_1_40000000001_-1
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1523_1_40000000001_-1
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF6903_1_40000000001_-1

    make note however; these shoes have the rubber topped heel like the J&M. Going off the fact that AE are quality footwear is it safe to assume that the rubber cap does not necessarily mean inferior shoe? And as another note, those were chosen based off my shoe size of 13 D or E
     


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    Subutai Senior member

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    The reason you aren't getting any responses is because the information you are looking for is readily available. Spend some time browsing the forums, especially the Allen Edmonds Appreciation thread.

    That said, you are saying that you'd like to purchase an "oxford." If that is the case, then none of the shoes you linked meet that need as they are all bluchers. Based on your initial post, you are looking for balmorals, so take a look at the McAllister and McTavish models. Or if it doesn't have to be a wingtip, take a look at the Strand since it still has the broguing I assume you like. In any case, certainly don't get the Boca Ratons you linked above as they are very season specific.

    Also, if you've never tried AE shoes before, go get fitted either in store or at Nordstroms.

    shoebank email:
    shoebank@allenedmonds.com

    good luck
     
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    msulinski Senior member

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    Quote:Don't bother with a black wingtip, at least not until you have a larger collection of shoes. If you want something ultra-conservative, go with a cap-toe in black, like the Allen Edmonds Park Avenue. You could also do a punch-cap, like the 5th Ave.

    If you want something less formal, go with dark brown or merlot, especially for a wingtip like the McAllister.
     


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    Thanks for the response. Like I said, I'm new to the forum, so I apologize for asking rhetoricals.
    I'm not necessarily looking for either bluchers or balmorals, justsomething nice, practical, and deal worthy.
    I tried on some the other day at the shoe store have found my size. I actually ordered the Allen Edmonds Regent Street last night (they are a steal right now) and I'll see how that goes, or I'll return them and return here for more direction. I appreciate the help
     


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    I can understand that reasoning. I found a pair of black AE on sale last night though so I did buy them; however if I decide they could be better I may return them and follow your advice
     


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