Shoes to walk in and not just look at?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by regularjoe, May 13, 2004.

  1. regularjoe

    regularjoe Senior member

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    I've seen the list of high end shoes (EG, Vass, Lobb, etc.), but I was wondering if shoes like that hold up under lots of use (I walk everywhere and take public transportation - no car) and possible slick surfaces one may encounter.

    Would AE or some other mid-to-lower tier shoe be a good compromise?

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  2. Phil

    Phil Senior member

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    ive found over years of trial and error that the better made the shoe, the better it will hold up over the years. With shoes you really get what you pay for. I work in NYC, and walk everywhere, and nothing holds up better for me that a nice pair of Edward Green oxfords. There are a lot of things to consider though (shape of foot, height of instep etc.). While I find EG sublimely comfortable, a man with a differently shaped foot might find them like vices. Just remember to polish them regularly, dont wear them 2 days in a row, and use shoe trees. I have a pair of EG's that are 9 years old, and everytime I wear them I get compliments. Another thing to consider is get yourself a few pair of great shoes, and also get a few pair of rain shoes. Rubber soled rain shoes can extend the lives of your good shoes by letting the good ones stay safe in the closet on rainy days. I love my EG's, but you can bet the ranch that im not slogging through nyc in a downpour in them.
     


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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The only shoes I have seen, solely to look at, were in an exhibition of antique Chinese ladies shoes (for bound feet). Outch.

    In general the more expensive shoes use better materials and greater care in the production. This translates into better wear. Equally good manufacturers have an excellent repair service.

    In most items of clothing higher price indicates greater luxury and more refined materials, but not necessarily longer wear. If you compare cashmere and tweed for hard wear, tweed will win hands down. But compare them for softness or sensuality...

    In shoes there is usually a correlation between price and quality.
     


  4. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've worn Vass shoes to walk around New York City. It's the first time that my feet didn't hurt at the end of a day of walking up and down Madison Avenue.

    Shoes, even expensive shoes, are meant to be worn. Good shoes can take the pounding, often times much better than the cheaper shoes.
     


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    clarinetplayer Senior member

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    I have always been an AE person. Â These shoes support my feet well. Â But...the pair of Vass shoes that I have are many grades higher than AE. Â I can stand and walk in the Vass shoes all day and not feel tired. Â In fact, it is a pleasure to walk in them.
     


  6. General Koskov

    General Koskov Well-Known Member

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    Softer, more immediately confortable shoes, such as those made by Bally, do not hold up as well as tougher shoes. Tougher shoes will need to be broken in, but they would definitely be shoes for walking rather than shoes for talking.
     


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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Now that they're finally broken in, the Lobbs are extremely comfortable, in fact, strangely, they get more comfortable the later in the day it gets.
     


  8. regularjoe

    regularjoe Senior member

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    I was thinking of picking up some AEs as I think it's getting close to sale time and I need to stretch my $$$, but perhaps I should look into Lobbs and the like...

    A more specific question: Saks carries EG, no? Do those ever go on sale?
     


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    I called around to find out who carries Edward Green shoes.The Saks in NYC carries EG.I thought other Saks around the U.S. carried them but apparently that is not the case.You can buy them in Connecticut at Mitchell's and at Richard's.Maus and Hoffman in Florida carry a limited selection -more casual styles.Cuffs in Cleveland area and also Bass in New Orleans.Don't know if anybody else carries EG.Good luck with sales.My impression is that you'll have better luck with the EG shoes made for Ralph Lauren and sold in the NYC store if you're looking for a sale.
    My impression also is that EG shoes ship to the U.S. much too infrequently.When I talk to people at the retail outlets the salesmen tell me they have 3 or 4 month wait times.
     


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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    If you live near Denver, try Lawrence Covell. My gf got a pair of Lobbs there on sale for about 300 dollars. As stated above, your best bet is to wait for a Ralph Lauren sale (they do happen infrequently--naturlaut picked up two pair the last time for a very tidy sum), as I'm not sure the EG's at Saks ever go on sale. Crockett and Jones sometimes go on sale at the Barney's warehouse blowout in February.
     


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    they are rarely mentioned here, but I tried on a pair of Johnston and Murphy's Signature Line recently and they were VERY comfortable. I have flat, wide feet and most shoes, even high end, wear on me after walking around for a while (leather soles are not an option for me). These are cushioned really well. J&M
     


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    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    I would second that some J and M's are very comfortable. I have a pair of Cellini that I picked up cheap on Ebay. Very comfortable.
     


  13. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Debated some in another thread, but if you keep your eye on ebay, Footjoy casual walkers/dress shoes can be had for a steal. Footjoy usually makes golf shoes, but also does a line of street shoes. They're goodyear welted. The pairs I have (purchased off ebay) are Vibram soled and quite comfortable.
     


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    I have a pair of Rockports I use for when it's raining. I should get another pair in dark brown.

    My C&J Handgrades are finally on their way from plal.
     


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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm not in Saks in New York often enough ever to have seen them on sale, although I believe that I've seen a reference on this forum or the Ask Andy forum to some models being on sale there at some time.
     


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