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New pair of shoes

Postby DoingHomework » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:43 pm

I need a new pair of dress shoes. I'm thinking of getting something pretty high end and I think there are a few guys on here that can give me some advice on where to look and what I should get.

Here's the situation - I consider myself lucky now that I live in a place and work in a job where dressing up means wearing running shoes and jeans rather than shorts and flip flops. Maybe that's an exaggeration but not much. I used to travel for business and have a decent collection of dress clothes - but I never worried much about shoes since most of my time was sent sitting on a plan/airport where I'd kick them off anyway. So a cheap but decent looking pair worked for me. But they are getting pretty worn.

I have gotten involved with a few groups/causes/etc. that have me attending events and meetings now (socially, not so much for work) a few times a year where I could benefit from some new shoes. I'm mostly interested in comfort but being a little more stylish and impressing a few people will now have more potential benefit than in the past. So I'm thinking of shelling out a few bucks (~$500) for something that will last. What's the best way to go about it and what should I look for?

Comfort is #1 because these "events" I do usually have me on my feet for several hours at a time. That probably means I want to try on whatever I buy. But I hate shoe salesmen and have pretty normal proportions so things off the rack or mail order almost always work well for me. Basically I'm saying that I probably will look in a b&m store but online is also a possibility, especially if I can return easily.

I might lean to something that is moderately impressive. I'm not sure how much that matters to me or anyone else. But if I do, what brands should I be looking for?

Anyway, any advice would be appreciated


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Postby djrez4 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:35 pm

Go to Nordstrom Rack and search for a pair of Allen Edmonds. $300-400 shoes for around $160.
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:35 pm

DoingHomework wrote:I need a new pair of dress shoes. I'm thinking of getting something pretty high end and I think there are a few guys on here that can give me some advice on where to look and what I should get.

Here's the situation - I consider myself lucky now that I live in a place and work in a job where dressing up means wearing running shoes and jeans rather than shorts and flip flops. Maybe that's an exaggeration but not much. I used to travel for business and have a decent collection of dress clothes - but I never worried much about shoes since most of my time was sent sitting on a plan/airport where I'd kick them off anyway. So a cheap but decent looking pair worked for me. But they are getting pretty worn.

I have gotten involved with a few groups/causes/etc. that have me attending events and meetings now (socially, not so much for work) a few times a year where I could benefit from some new shoes. I'm mostly interested in comfort but being a little more stylish and impressing a few people will now have more potential benefit than in the past. So I'm thinking of shelling out a few bucks (~$500) for something that will last. What's the best way to go about it and what should I look for?

Comfort is #1 because these "events" I do usually have me on my feet for several hours at a time. That probably means I want to try on whatever I buy. But I hate shoe salesmen and have pretty normal proportions so things off the rack or mail order almost always work well for me. Basically I'm saying that I probably will look in a b&m store but online is also a possibility, especially if I can return easily.

I might lean to something that is moderately impressive. I'm not sure how much that matters to me or anyone else. But if I do, what brands should I be looking for?

Anyway, any advice would be appreciated


I highly recommend a trip to:

Nordstroms
Saks Fifth Avenue
Neiman Marcus


My job doesn't make us dress up anymore. We are free to wear jeans and polos or button downs. I'm a fan of fashion. So, I'm wearing a pair of Prada loafers with my jeans. They feel as comfortable as house shoes, plus they are very stylish. I highly recommend a pair of Prada or Gucci loafers. Buy some that show you have taste and fashion sense; avoid buying gucci shoes that have the logo plastered all over them. Subtlety is key. They will last you forever and feel fantastic.


Preferably, go to Nordstroms. They have excellent service and will let you try on things to your hearts delight. If you have a Discover, go to Lowe's and buy a Nordstrom gift card. Then, go through shopdiscover to get some good cash back.
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Postby DoingHomework » Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:44 pm

FutureBillionaire wrote:I highly recommend a trip to:

Nordstroms
Saks Fifth Avenue
Neiman Marcus


My job doesn't make us dress up anymore. We are free to wear jeans and polos or button downs. I'm a fan of fashion. So, I'm wearing a pair of Prada loafers with my jeans. They feel as comfortable as house shoes, plus they are very stylish. I highly recommend a pair of Prada or Gucci loafers. Buy some that show you have taste and fashion sense; avoid buying gucci shoes that have the logo plastered all over them. Subtlety is key. They will last you forever and feel fantastic.


Preferably, go to Nordstroms. They have excellent service and will let you try on things to your hearts delight. If you have a Discover, go to Lowe's and buy a Nordstrom gift card. Then, go through shopdiscover to get some good cash back.


Thanks. Unfortunately no Nords, Saks, or NM in the backwaters where I live but I'll be near those stores on a trip in a couple of weeks.

I'll probably look for some nice oxfords rather than loafers. I kind of like some of the Bruno Maglis I've seen - not too flashy, classic style. But I'll check out the Guccis and Pradas as well.

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Postby Rory » Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:10 pm

If you wanna go with american made go allen edmonds, they are relatively good quality and have a great shoe repair program. I personally prefer italian craftmanship and ferragamo is my go to. Very comfy and extremely high quality handmade shoe
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Postby swipe_masta » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:27 pm

Rockports by adidas are really comfortable and look pretty good with anything.

I'm a huge fan of Sanuks! They are so freakin awsome!

If you're going for something a little more edgy, try Urban Outfitters. They have a variety of brands.

All of these places are affordable and are great wears IMO.



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