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What exactly does makes great shoes great?

francisco_bt

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I'm looking to buy two pairs of captoe balmorals for my first job, which requires wearing a suit everyday. I been lurking around this forum, and I've seen many people recommending investing in a good pair of shoes. I was wondering what makes a great shoe great, for example, why Allen Edmonds shoes are so highly regarded? Is it durability, comfort, looks?

I was thinking about getting a pair of Park Avenue Allen Edmonds, and a pair of Bostonians, which I can get them for half price ($150 to $75).

Are these choices worth it and why? My strategy would be to use one every other day, with the Bostonians being the heavy duty shoe (rainy days, etc.)
 

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design
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construction
comfort
durability
 

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utility to cost ratio is the highest with the AE PA's. above it, every dollar higher yields you less marginal utility.

any less and opportunity costs start to rise
 

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Originally Posted by francisco_bt
I'm looking to buy two pairs of captoe balmorals for my first job, which requires wearing a suit everyday. I been lurking around this forum, and I've seen many people recommending investing in a good pair of shoes. I was wondering what makes a great shoe great, for example, why Allen Edmonds shoes are so highly regarded? Is it durability, comfort, looks? I was thinking about getting a pair of Park Avenue Allen Edmonds, and a pair of Bostonians, which I can get them for half price ($150 to $75). Are these choices worth it and why? My strategy would be to use one every other day, with the Bostonians being the heavy duty shoe (rainy days, etc.)
Good shoes use the highest quality corrected grain on the market. You really want to stay away from true calf and cordovan, as they lack durability and look quite cheap. Goodyear welting is also known to be quite flimsy. For better construction, you want to look for a sole that is attached to the upper with an adhesive. I find a lot of English and Italian shoes to be quite "blobby." American shoes from Allen Edmonds are quite sleek. .... Seriously dude, use the search function.
 

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Originally Posted by jrd617
Good shoes use the highest quality corrected grain on the market. You really want to stay away from true calf and cordovan, as they lack durability and look quite cheap.

Goodyear welting is also known to be quite flimsy. For better construction, you want to look for a sole that is attached to the upper with an adhesive.

I find a lot of English and Italian shoes to be quite "blobby." American shoes from Allen Edmonds are quite sleek.




http://the-last-shall-be-first.blogs...-welting.html#

If you can be bothered to read it all, this explains goodyear welting in lots of detail. This and the quality of the leather are the important things.

If you can't be bothered to read it (or use the search function) then just buy the shoes recommended by these guys, they tend to know their shit.
 

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