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To boot/shoe help

bigbadbuff

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I am ready to move a step up in the dress shoe department. As of now, the oxfords and loafers are made by Skechers, JCrew, Kenneth Cole. While not bad, they're as you all know not great either. Since I can't bring myself to shell $300+ for shoes right now, I wanted opinions on makers who fall inbetween the ones I mentioned and the high ends like Ferragamo, Tods, Churches. To Boot seems to make nice shoes, all leather and classic styles for around/under $200. Would they compare more with the high or low end shoes? Any other makers one can suggest? I plan on trying on a few pairs of Ferragamos, etc. I like next time I can so I'll know my size for Ebay watching.
 

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In that range, I'm a big fan of Mezlan. Well-made, durable, stylish, fashion-forward (sometimes a bit too fashion-forward, so choose wisely; much of their stuff is simply too exotic to be wearable), Italian-style with Spanish (they're made in Spain) prices. I wear their shoes with most of my suits.

Check out their website (mezlanshoes.com, and they also have a nice selection at nordstrom.com)
 

Steve B.

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Friedman's in Atlanta has a pretty good selection, too. www.largefeet.com. Usually some Internet specials.
 

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I picked up a nice pair of Ferragamos on eBay.

If you're confident about your sizing, I recommend you puruse the online auctions.
 

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I own three pairs of To Boot shoes and like them a lot.  I'm no shoe expert, but the leather seems to be of good quality and compares favorably with the Bally and Bruno Magli shoes I own.  They can be bought for under $200 on sale.  Most importantly, To Boot shoes fit my C-width feet very well.  Ferragamo may make a great shoe, but I will never buy a pair because they are cut too narrow for my feet.  You should definitely try before you buy.
 

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I own three pairs of To Boot shoes and like them a lot.  I'm no shoe expert, but the leather seems to be of good quality and compares favorably with the Bally and Bruno Magli shoes I own.  They can be bought for under $200 on sale.  Most importantly, To Boot shoes fit my C-width feet very well.  Ferragamo may make a great shoe, but I will never buy a pair because they are cut too narrow for my feet.  You should definitely try before you buy.
I echo that sentiment AC. I bought a pair of Ferragamo oxfords off Ebay without ever having tried the brand on... big mistake (though I did resell them for more than I paid). Ferragamos are cut VERY narrow for my flat, wide foot. I understand they make widths but I'd rather find a brand of comparable quality and keep an eye out for those rather than concentrate on the probably rare wide Ferragamo offerings on Ebay or in the stores.
 

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