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    I have been updating my wardrobe and one of the "final" products I need is a nice pair of dress shoes (or two). I'm not sure where to begin. I hear people saying good things about Allen Edmonds, Brooks Brothers shoes, etc. Can anyone provide suggestions.


    I work at a tech start-up which is very casual (think silicon valley attire). I get away with just a dress shirt and chinos/trousers to work. Currently, I have a couple suede dress shoes and a pair of Eastland mocs that I wear. They are all "casual" shoes so I need some nice dress shoes.


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    Budget? Preferred style (wingtip, cap toe, plain toe)? Color?

    "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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      #3


      Budget: 0 - 400 .... but cheaper is always preferred.


      Style: wingtip


      Color: Eventually want to have a mix of brown and a couple black dress shoes. Not sure what to start with.

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        #4


        General consensus seems to be Allen Edmonds park or fifth Ave black. Should be wearable most occasions

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          #5


          Stafford Ashton Wingtips.


          http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/stafford%25c2%25ae-ashton-mens-wingtip-dress-shoes/prod.jump?ppId=1b9aceb


          Went to check them out in person earlier this week, the sole is more dark brown than black. if I wasn't so broke from tailoring expenses, I would have purchased them on the spot.

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            #6


            They are cap not wingtip though. You could try players walnut from AE for more casual looking wingtip but will limit pant colour choices.

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              #7


              OP here with one important side note.


              I also have a slight disability and I run through shoes like none other due to how I walk. I don't have cerebal palsy, but my walk is characterized by dragging of the feet and instability.


              I note this because I always read on Dappered and Styleforum about getting 300+ dress shoes because "they will last a long time". And while they probably do for most people, I doubt they would for me. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to own one or two pairs of expensive shoes, it's just not practical for daily usage.

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                #8


                What part of your foot drags? Also, go with brown. Look into the variety of styles offered by AE. For the $ they are hard to beat. They should have a sale this summer sometime where you can get a great price.

                "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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                  #9


                  I've had really good experiences on eBay. I've purchased two pairs of Allen Edmonds, one for $60 and one for $110 and both are in great condition. If you want to buy new, check out a Nordstrom Rack store if you have one near you. You can often find several models for around $200 (that's $100-$150 off of retail).


                  If you're looking to go cheaper, Johnston & Murphy are alright, though not very durable. The Mercanti and Mike Konos from DSW that Joe regularly posts about look good too. Also, Florsheim sells some Goodyear-welted shoes for under $200.

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                    #10


                    I'm wearing the Stafford brown plain-toe derbies right now, I'm pretty pleased with them. You can get JCP gift cards for 25% off at cardpool.com right now, so they were about $40 total. Great shape and color, and while the leather isn't premium, it's not stiff and plasticky like other cheap shoes I've seen. It actually feels a lot like Mercanti shoes I've handled in stores. The wingtips and longwings look quite good as well. Worth checking out I think, for something below the full-grain, Goodyear-welted, leather-soled category.

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                      #11


                      @greg_s

                      It's usually the heel of my foot. Usually that area of the shoe will wear down very quickly.

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                        #12


                        There may be things you can get put on the heel to make it wear down less quickly (I forget the name). The beauty of a shoe like Allen Edmonds is that they will do a full resole for about $90.

                        "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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                          #13


                          I'm in CO and just contacted the AE Outlet in Ohio so I might pursue that 2 for $200 deal.


                          Even though they may be discontinued, it'll be good as my first nice dress shoes.


                          Thanks for the help folks.

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                            #14


                            amathew - You might be the perfect candidate for Topy - a piece that adheres to the sole and extends the life. Or taps - metal edges that would last for ages. If they impair mobility or make noise, you can forget about it, but it's worth checking out.

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                              #15


                              Amathew:


                              I'd recommend just mixing up a few basic shoes for your rotation:

                              1. Black park avenues (plain cap toe)

                              2. Brown fifth avenue (quarter-brogue cap toe)

                              3. Walnut or burgundy McAllister (full wingtip)


                              Definitely get toe and heel taps - they help a lot. I absolutely destroy the outer edges of my soles somehow.


                              Imagine this but 3x worse:




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