What Shoe Should I get next?

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by Kevin24, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. Kevin24

    Kevin24 Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    I asked this same exact question over at Ask Andy About Clothes and I thought I'd ask it over here.

    For reference here is what I have so far.

    Dress Shoes
    AE black Park Aves
    AE dark brown Fifth Aves
    AE Burgandy Strands
    AE bourbon Mora Monts
    J&M dark burgandy "cordovan" captoes(purchased before I started paying serious attention to clothes)
    Hugo black "oxford" derbys(see above)

    Casual Shoes:
    Brown Sperrys
    Black and tan Sperrys.
    AE snuff suede Cavanaughs

    Casual Boots:
    Burgandy Chippewas made for L.L. Bean
    Loake 1880 Dark Brown Suede Plimico's
    Classic Bean Boots.
    Italian Made driver like moccasins

    My day to day schedule for things like work doesn't have me dressing up too often . So I was thinking maybe I need to add something more to my casual rotation if I did decide to get something?

    For future dress shoes I was thinking ether an English shoe or continental European one?

    However, I was wondering what everyone here thought of the English brand Sanders? Or say some the better known continental European brands such as Magnanni, Mezlan, Satoni, Paul Evans, Monte Russo or To Boot New York How would they compare to the likes of say AE?

    (Please don't jump on me for asking lol) J
     
  2. Astaroth

    Astaroth Senior member

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    Would be easier if you had said what the shoes are eg black calf oxford full brogues rather than giving makes/models for those of us that arent die hard fans of your preferred brands :)

    Personally, I would be looking to add a derby suede number to your collection for a definitely casual shoe, which one would depend on your choice of toe and if you want to complement your chukkas or mirror them. You are also missing any full brogues which you can get either in an oxford closure and calf to put it more at the dress end of the spectrum or a textured leather and derby for more casual.

    Got my wallet set on a pair of C&J Fairfords in tan next :)
     
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  3. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    You have 13 pairs of shoes, but 4 or 5 of them are balmorals (not sure what the Hugo Boss is) and you don't need to dress up often? I would certainly say your next several purchases should be derbies.


    Sanders is a good value, the others not so much. Paul Evans seems to be ok for the price, and Santoni makes some fine shoes, but generally only at the upper tier. Their lower priced lines aren't as good a buy for the money IMO.

    Loake's 1880 line (like your Plimlicos) is definitely a good value. If you are looking to expand your brands I would look at Crockett & Jones, Alfred Sargent, Carmina, Meermin, Alden, and Enzo Bonafe before the others you mentioned.
     
  4. Kevin24

    Kevin24 Well-Known Member

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    Would Mezlan, Magnanni, or Paul Evans be that bad?

    JW what would you recommend in the $300-500 range?

    Esp in regards to European shoe brands?
     
  5. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    You can do much better than Mezlan or Magnanni in your given price range of $300-500. Take a look at the first two I mentioned, Crockett & Jones and Alfred Sargent. Here are links to C&J and AS derbies from Pediwear:

    http://www.pediwear.co.uk/crockettandjones/ranges/64.php
    http://www.pediwear.co.uk/crockettandjones/ranges/65.php
    http://www.pediwear.co.uk/alfred-sargent/country-collection/
    http://www.pediwear.co.uk/alfred-sargent/exclusive-collection/

    Assuming you are in the US (since you have a lot of AEs) remember you would pay the price without the VAT, so virtually all of these are sub-$500.

    Carmina derbies at $450 are a good deal too:
    https://www.carminashoemaker.us/mens-derby-shoes
     

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