Most comfortable pair of dress shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by docgerrard, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. docgerrard

    docgerrard Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2010
    I am a medical student and have to be on my feet 12 hours at a time. I was hoping I could get some suggestions on what dress shoes are known to be extra comfortable.

    Hate to make things hard for you guys, but I'd really like them to be less than $100 (I know, not going to find much but I'm a med student with $200,000 of loans so I have to do what I can lol).

    I also prefer brown shoes to black, but obviously this is not a big deal. Thanks!!
     


  2. LeviMay

    LeviMay Senior member

    Messages:
    852
    Likes Received:
    246
    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Location:
    Alberta
    They don't get much love 'round these parts, but back in my hotel and restaurant managing days, I swore by Eccos. They're not all that bad looking, they last for a very long time, and they're pretty comfortable. Full retail is ~$200, but I'd imagine you could find them online for quite a bit less.
     


  3. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

    Messages:
    3,273
    Likes Received:
    5,026
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Location:
    Austria
    

    That was my exact thought when I read the OP. You won't hear them suggested often, but I still use a couple of pairs that I've had forever when it's nasty outside. They're cheap enough, rubber soles and can hold a polish to pass inspection. I don't expect much more from them, but you get what you pay.
     


  4. PASstudy

    PASstudy Senior member

    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    28
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2012
    Fellow medical student here. I can 2nd the eccos and also offer Cole Haans. A bit more expensive but CH makes some with Nike soles so they are pretty darn comfortable and look dressy enough to keep your attendings happy.
     


  5. docgerrard

    docgerrard Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2010
    I only want one pair, do you have a recommendation of the two?

    Are all Ecco shoes super comfortable or just some of them? LIke I know the Cole Haans with "Air" in the name are the comfortable ones.

    Thanks again for the recommendations!
     


  6. docgerrard

    docgerrard Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2010
    Hmm I couldn't find any pair of Eccos I really like haha. Any thoughts?
     


  7. Jumbie

    Jumbie Senior member

    Messages:
    4,136
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2007
    Location:
    127.0.0.1
    Recent ex-resident.

    I have several pairs of Allen Edmonds and two pairs of Santonis but I'll add another +1 for Eccos. Rockport dressports aren't bad either. I have one of those as well.

    On days when I knew I'd be on my feet a lot, I skipped the leather-soled shoes and ran around in my Eccos and it was perfectly fine. I have one pair that lasted me through clinicals and 3 years of an IM residency. They are square toed and look like crap but I really didn't give too much of a damn cause they were comfortable and at the end of a long day, the last thing I wanted to be concerned with was that my feet were sore.

    On call days, I'd be in running shoes + scrubs.
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2013


  8. Harvitz81

    Harvitz81 Senior member

    Messages:
    148
    Likes Received:
    24
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2013
    You can find barely used Allen Edmonds on the bay for rather cheap (sub $100 easily). I even bought a new discontinued pair of AE Hilcrest's recently for $100 shipped that had never been worn and sat in the back of someone's closet for years. A little renovateur and they were good to go.
     


  9. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

    Messages:
    5,386
    Likes Received:
    966
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2011
    Location:
    Sartorial Wasteland
    

    For under $100, it's going to be hard to find a pair of fantastic looking shoes. I would also recommend a pair of Eccos, they were a great transition shoe from sneaker to leather sole dress shoes. You are on your feet 12 hours a day, go for comfort and a design you can live with.
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2013


  10. wurger

    wurger Senior member

    Messages:
    2,887
    Likes Received:
    1,227
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2011
    Location:
    Sydney
    Ecco, and try them with comfy insoles, they make quite a difference.
     


  11. ckgs

    ckgs Active Member

    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2013
    +1 for Ecco. Their Windsor style looks less bulky and is very good quality.
     


  12. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

    Messages:
    14,723
    Likes Received:
    2,328
    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009


  13. docgerrard

    docgerrard Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2010


  14. GBR

    GBR Senior member

    Messages:
    7,771
    Likes Received:
    548
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2006
    Eccos are good robust long lasting shoes which are comfortable. Your feet and preferences are also relevant in this equation.
     


  15. docgerrard

    docgerrard Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2010


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by