The Manly Art of Thrifting: Shoes (http://community.artofmanliness.com/profiles/blogs/the-manly-art-of-thrifting) There are some real classic shoes out there that will never go out of style and can be had for pennies on the dollar. Generally, these shoes will be good as new with a little leather conditioner, some polish, and cedar shoe trees. Before you go forth and thrift, here are some brands to look for: Johnson & Murphy Aristocraft Before J&M cut quality and sent most of their shoes overseas, they made high-quality American shoes. You can still find these tanks today in their Aristocraft line - but they cost upwards of $250.00. If you're able to snag a pair of vintage Aristrocrafts, you'll not be sorry! My pair I recently acquired. Florsheim Imperial Florsheim's story is similar to J&M's - started out as high quality American-made shoes until production was shifted overseas. Luckily for you, Florsheim's vintage shoes are worthy of their nickname "gunboats" - Long-wing brogues and plain-toed bluchers with double-thick leather soles. Be careful while walking though! While great for durability, their signature V-cleat leather heels and double rows of nails aren't known as "suicide soles" without reason. They can be slippery when walking on wet surfaces, pavement, or marble/granite. Nettleton Nettleton was founded in the 1870s in Syracuse, New York, and was considered among the best American shoe manufacturers until they closed in the 1980s. The "Rolls Royce" of footwear, be sure to pick up a pair if you can find them in your size. Alden Alden, one of the two American shoe companies left, crafts their shoes in New England. They are well known for their durability, quality, and classic styling more than their elegance. Allen Edmonds In my opinion, Allen Edmonds is the ruler against which all other shoes should be measured. While they are neither the most fashion-forward nor elegant, they are well-crafted and classically-styled. Moreover, AE offers a recrafting program once you've worn out your shoes from years of wear. The recrafting program is especially great if you are able to pick up an older pair of AEs from a thrift store for a few dollars. Simply send them off to AE, pay the recrafting fee (~$100), and you end up with a pair of essentially new shoes!