Looking for advice on quality shoes.

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  1. rooock

    rooock New Member

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    Hi guys I came here while researching Bacco Bucci. Turns out people here hate them.

    I guess I am pretty novice when it comes to quality shoes - I know ferragamo, tods, mezlan but I couldn't put those in order of quality. I am curious as to what one should know about higher end brands, as far as I'm concerned I look over most gucci versace hugo stuff in favor of specific shoe makers.

    What I am specifically looking for right now is a dressy brown shoe, that will look great with jeans or dress pants. It has to be comfortable.

    I liked mezlan austin ostrich shoe but they are out of my price range at $400.

    my budget is around $200.

    thank you
     


  2. CousinDonuts

    CousinDonuts Senior member

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    For that price area you're pretty much stuck with Johnston & Murphy or whatever you would find at Macy's, Zappos, or the like. None of these will be considered "quality" on this forum. The minimum quality anyone here will talk about is Allen Edmonds or Meermin.
     


  3. jeffd

    jeffd Senior member

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    Try the current Brooks Brothers sale. They have a handful of Allen Edmonds for $209. Those are on the casual side, but may be O.K. depending on what you need. If you can go to $260, then their selection expands quite a bit.
     


  4. rooock

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    I pretty much fell asleep looking at allen edmonds... I don't work in the office - need something dressy that is casual with a rubber sole and that is comfortable to dance in. Brown/no laces.
     


  5. rooock

    rooock New Member

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    Anyone can put quality shoes in order from top to bottom please? I never even thought something made in USA is better than something made in italy unless it's bombs..
     




  6. Chase H

    Chase H Senior member

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    You've contradicted yourself a few times. If it's dressy, it's not going to be casual, and good shoes usually don't come with rubber soles (why do you want a rubber sole?). What kind of dancing are you talking about? I mean, right now I'm thinking your best option is something like this:

    http://www.meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1933
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  7. rooock

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  8. Chase H

    Chase H Senior member

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    1. That would look terrible with dress pants.
    2. You are in the wrong forum.
     


  9. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    Seriously?
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    What could you possibly wear those with that wouldn't look terrible?

    Chase H's suggestion of a Meermin suede single monk is a pretty good one! Dressy but casual enough for jeans, no laces, rubber sole, I suppose you can dance in them. Also, you keep asking about ranking shoes in order. It's not really that simple. wurger's Black Cap Toe thread breaks them down into three levels though, plus he reviews additional makers such as "Carmina, Meermin, Vass, Saint Crispin's and Bestetti." Perhaps his ranking of brands will at least give you a rough idea of levels of quality.

    Even within individual brands quality of different lines can vary. For example, Ferragamo makes some very nice shoes in their Tramezza line, some ok shoes in their Lavorazione Originale line, and overpriced glue-jobs in their Studio line.
     


  10. CousinDonuts

    CousinDonuts Senior member

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