Looking for dress shoe recommendations (Range: $300-$900)

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  1. Themis

    Themis Member

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    Hi, I'll admit that I've never actually purchased a nicer pair of dress shoes and this will be my first. All I know is that the price of dress shoes can range from $50 to upwards of a couple thousand.

    I wear dress shoes everyday and I am looking for a solid pair of black dress shoes that will look above average, tasteful and will be up for the wear and tear.

    I know the budget I gave is quite large (300-900) but I'm either looking to spend closer to $300 or willing to invest more (close to $900) for a high(er) tier shoe.

    Any places to shop, brand names, etc. recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    For what it's worth, most of the suits I'll be wearing are black/grey and plain or pinstriped.


    Thank you.
     
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    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Do a search and you'll find plenty of info. But in that range you're looking at the following brands, along with some others:

    Allen Edmonds
    Alden
    Carmina
    Crockett and Jones
    Alfred Sargent
    Sutor Mantellassis discounted at Shopthefinest

    That should get you started.
     
  3. mcbrown

    mcbrown Senior member

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    Allen Edmonds Park Avenue is an excellent choice for your first "nice" black dress shoe. Don't go dropping $600+ on your first pair - you just won't know what you like and don't like about this brand vs. that brand or this style vs. that style, and you will not have a good basis for making a decision. Many very well-dressed men will never buy a more expensive brand than Allen Edmonds. It's hard to go wrong with them.

    Another recommendation: get fitted and buy in person if you can, even if it costs a little more. The salesperson won't be confused with a podiatrist, but they will have a much better idea of how the shoe should fit than you probably will at this point. Better to spend a little more and get a shoe that fits than get the best deal online and get a shoe that doesn't fit.

    Edit: I noticed that you want a shoe that will be "up to the wear and tear." No shoe will stand up to being worn every day. If $900 is your total budget for dress shoes, buy two pairs, not one pair, and rotate them.
     
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  4. Themis

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    Thank you to you both for the recommendations. I'm off to a great start. I'm actually leaning towards the Allen Edmonds Park Avenue. These are the exact style that I am looking for.

    Yeah, I doubt I will wear these every day. I was thinking about picking these up to wear for "nicer" occasions or important client events. I have a bunch of 50-150 dollar shoes that I'll use for everyday wear now that I think about it.

    Great advice! At 22 years of age...I didn't think I could be so excited about shoes ;) but there's just something about a nice pair of classy shoes that just pulls everything together... ahah

    Any other advice about shoe care, socks, etc. would be greatly appreciated.


    Regards,
    A
     
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    just the beginning.. and to wet your appetite....next thing you know, you'll be checking yourself to ShoesAnonymous :) ...Welcome to SF
     
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    Haha, appreciate the Shoe Porn.

    :)

    This place seems like a nice place for the business formal-minded people...
     
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    Check the "rock your socks' thread. You'll find a pretty good mix of brands/styles there. Admitedly all more or less work oriented - but not all conservative by any means.
     
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    Allen Edmonds is a great place to start.
     
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    First of all. If you are going to wear dress shoes every day you need at least a two pair rotation. You shouldn't wear the same pair every day.

    I would recommend Alfred Sargent exclusive for excellent quality and ease of purchase on line. I am not a big Allen Edmonds fan.

    The Hunt in black; Also comes in mahogany.

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    With the 900.00 budget you can then get

    The Moore in Oxblood ( you can wear this instead of black) also comes in black.

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    Check them out at http://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/collections/alfred-sargent-exclusive-collection-price-asc
     
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    ^i don't own any AS, but I have admired those shoes before. Very handsome.
     

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