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    Recommend affordable shoes for 2 scenarios

    Looking to replace some shoes for 2 scenarios:

    1. Casual/bar use - Previous had John Varvatos chukka boots for this in dark brown. Want something not too expensive in case they are stepped on/spilled on, but also not too cheap looking. Dainite sole desired, no heavy commando soles. Max $200, but the cheaper the better. Ideally they would also be pretty lightweight - I don't want heavy uncomfortable boots.

    Possible candidates:

    a) Thursday Scout chukka boot in mocha suede - $149
    b) Thursday Cadet it walnut or similar - $190

    What other brands worth looking at? I'm ruling out Allen Edmonds. Their stuff just never fits me well. Might try Meermin if I can get up to NYC but dont' want to risk ordering online since shipping/returns would cost me like $35 if they don't fit. Alternatively could just pick up the cheapest chukka boot at DSW/nordstrom rack I see for like $70.

    2. Dressier - something to wear more often at nicer restaurants, conferences with a blazer, etc. Thinking medium brown wingtips.

    Current leading candidate is this Kent Wingtip from Beckett Simonon which would be around $170 after coupon. I'd be more open to splurge a bit on these wingtips, say $250.

    Other ideas? I'm not familiar with these brands but when searching around they commonly came up as more affordable budget options.

    #2
    Originally posted by zerostyle View Post
    1. Casual/bar use -
    I've been very happy with my Clarks Original Desert Boots (suede with crepe sole) which I got for $60 on sale. They're $150 full price, but many sizes in old colors can reliably be found on sale for just under $100. The Bushcare boots are similarly priced, and very well reviewed on Dappered.

    Originally posted by zerostyle View Post
    2. Dressier - something to wear more often at nicer restaurants, conferences with a blazer, etc. Thinking medium brown wingtips.
    Nordstrom Rack's website often has Allen Edmonds in the $125 range. Not a super wide selection of styles, but they have my size and I wear 13. I'm sure they'd be worth a look.
    Last edited by andrewrg; June 12, 2021, 05:19 AM.

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      #3
      I would advise caution with Meermin. Their shoes are notoriously hard to break in. I have a pair that I like, but they are still painful after a long days wear. Even so, full transparency, I ordered a pair of their unlined loafers because I heard they are easier on the feet. They are a great value, but read reviews about their break-in so you are fully informed.

      havnt tried them, but I have heard good things about Spier Mackay shoes:

      https://www.spierandmackay.com/produ...0tobacco-brown

      I’m not a boot guy, but I picked up a pair of Huckberry Rhodes on sale and have been happy with them:

      https://huckberry.com/store/rhodes/c...iABEgK4pvD_BwE

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        #4
        Herring is always one of my go-to websites. They carry many great brands of quality shoes in the price ranges you are looking for and their house brand is outstanding. Here are a bunch of wingtips:

        https://www.herringshoes.co.uk/searc...&submit=Search

        Also, a bunch on sale:

        https://www.herringshoes.co.uk/searc...&submit=Search


        Nordstrom Rack's website is often full of bargains--not always the best shoes, but decent in the price ranges you're talking about.

        These should be good. I believe they are blake construction, which for $85 for an Italian made shoe, is a bargain. I would get some if they were my size:

        https://www.nordstromrack.com/s/came...hoes&color=020


        BTW, with NR, my experience has been that the website carries much better shoes than the stores.
        Last edited by mebejoseph; June 14, 2021, 01:07 PM.
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          #5
          Oh--and if you can find something you like at the Brooks Bros. sale, you probably won't go wrong. They have a $700 chukka boot on sale for $200:


          https://www.brooksbrothers.com/sale/...d=leftnav-menu
          WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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            #6
            I also gave up on Meermin. I had a pair of wingtips that I just...stopped wearing because they were so uncomfortable. I've gotten turned on to Beckett Simonon and now have three pairs of their dress shoes. They are very comfortable and required little to no break-in. Those would be my choice for dress shoes.

            I bought some Thursday Boots a while back and ended up returning them for no other reason than they didn't fit my narrow foot. They looked to be sturdily built though. I ended up with Allen Edmonds Higgins Mills and have worn them to many bars and concerts. Concerts? Is that what they're called? Concert. That sounds funny. Anyway.

            I'm a fan of the Astorflex Greenflex chukka from Huckberry. Absolutely no break-in time and they feel like butter on your feet. The crepe sole is so soft. I've also worn those to bars and shows and they're no worse for the wear.

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              #7
              Originally posted by MediumTex View Post
              I also gave up on Meermin. I had a pair of wingtips that I just...stopped wearing because they were so uncomfortable. I've gotten turned on to Beckett Simonon and now have three pairs of their dress shoes. They are very comfortable and required little to no break-in. Those would be my choice for dress shoes.

              I bought some Thursday Boots a while back and ended up returning them for no other reason than they didn't fit my narrow foot. They looked to be sturdily built though. I ended up with Allen Edmonds Higgins Mills and have worn them to many bars and concerts. Concerts? Is that what they're called? Concert. That sounds funny. Anyway.

              I'm a fan of the Astorflex Greenflex chukka from Huckberry. Absolutely no break-in time and they feel like butter on your feet. The crepe sole is so soft. I've also worn those to bars and shows and they're no worse for the wear.
              With Beckett and Simonon did you go with their full-grain leather or their pull-up leather models? I just ordered 2 sizes of the kent wingtip to tryout for a dressier but not too expensive shoe. (I've give up on trying to fit AE shoes and don't like their quality).

              Now trying to decide on a good bar shoe - possibly a chukka - around $100 or less that I don't care to beat on. Trying to find a dainite sole. Don't want crepe because I wear down my outer heel edges SO fast and need heel caps.

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                #8
                Originally posted by zerostyle View Post

                Now trying to decide on a good bar shoe - possibly a chukka - around $100 or less that I don't care to beat on. Trying to find a dainite sole. Don't want crepe because I wear down my outer heel edges SO fast and need heel caps.
                $100 isn't much to work with for a pair of shoes. I couldn't "recommend" any shoes in that price range.

                If you like black, AE has these for $100 on sale (I'm surprised--big big sale on AE this weekend). My son has these and he likes them okay.

                https://www.allenedmonds.com/sale/me...chukka&start=1

                You can get these for about $130:

                https://www.allenedmonds.com/sale/me...chukka&start=1

                Same price, but with Vibram soles:

                https://www.allenedmonds.com/sale/me...&start=1&sz=18

                If you want John Varvatos, check these out for $69:

                https://www.nordstromrack.com/s/john...COAL%20LEATHER

                $142--My son has these and likes them:

                https://www.nordstromrack.com/s/tate...ults&color=200


                Nordstrom Rack has a bunch of cheap Chukka boots:

                https://www.nordstromrack.com/search...PriceHighToLow




                WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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                  #9
                  zerostyle , I went with full-grain. I wear these with suits, sportcoats/trousers and trousers/dress shirts, so full grain made the most sense for all of those scenarios.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by zerostyle View Post
                    Now trying to decide on a good bar shoe - possibly a chukka - around $100 or less that I don't care to beat on. Trying to find a dainite sole. Don't want crepe because I wear down my outer heel edges SO fast and need heel caps.
                    Tough to beat a Clarks Buchacre for <$100. Although, you might want to have a look at the Jim Green website and see if anything strikes your fancy.

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                      #11


                      I would like to say thank you for sharing these affordable shoes recommendations that can go for every occasion.

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                        #12
                        Indeed, check out Brooks Brothers as suggested above. Last I noticed, Golden Fleece were on sale for $199. I purchased three pairs and like the feel better than the AE Independence line which I have otherwise been getting lately...

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