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WHICH IS MOST IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER WHEN ASSESSING THE QUALITY OF A DRESS SHOE?

benglayton

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I have my eyes on several dress shoes that look nice, but since they are all in the $100 range none of them are perfect. Some have quality leather but use glue for construction while other are sewn but have poor leather quality. So if you had to list them in order of importance which would be 1st, 2nd, etc.?
1. the quality of the upper leather
2. the stitching/construction
or
3. The material of the sole (rubber, synthetic, leather)
 

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So if you had to list them in order of importance which would be 1st, 2nd, etc.?
1. the quality of the upper leather
2. the stitching/construction
or
3. The material of the sole (rubber, synthetic, leather)
Hey Benglayton,

At that price range, $100, a good year welted shoe may not be in the cards. So Sfroide, suggesting second hand, actually seems valid.

Having said that, my order is as follows:
1. FIT, plus stitching/construction

2. The quality of the upper leather

3. The material of the sole (rubber, synthetic, leather)

First and foremost, fit is the most important. If they do not fit right, it will not matter what shoes you purchase. Follow that up with construction. Construction comes into play for comfort, longevity, and last shape.

Leather follows because inferior leather creases significantly more than higher quality leather. Discoloration, cracks, comfort, aesthetics may come into play as the leather degrades.

Soles do not really matter. You can always change them thereafter. Saying that, an authentic leather sole feels wonderful.
 

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