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    Updating wardrobe - Shoes

    Hello all - first time user here. I'm finally getting around to updating my wardrobe after getting out of debt.

    So, here are the my brown shoes, any thoughts (keep, get rid of, start over)


    Here are the black ones


    I work in finance and am a marketing manager so dress is somewhat business casual around the office, except out of town meetings, conferences, etc.

    Thanks!

    #2
    Everything but the square toe in black and brown look good to me. You don't really see many square toed shoes around anymore from my experience.

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      #3
      First, you need to buy some shoe trees. Wait until JAB has one of their massive sales (they always have something going on) where you can buy a bunch for $7 each. Except for the penny loafers on the left, I can't say I care for any of the black shoes. You definitely should purchase a black cap toe oxford next as this is pretty much a wardrobe essential. After that I'd add a brown wingtip and then maybe a brown suede chukka.

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        #4
        Thanks for the input, appreciate it. Now, to find some black/brown shoes. I've always wanted some black cap toes and brown/tan wingtips.

        Any thoughts on these: http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/cat...016+4294966442
        Last edited by Wally; January 20, 2013, 01:27 PM.

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          #5
          You really do have a preference for loafers...

          What's your budget? Nothing in that link really is a black cap toe or brown wingtips that I would think is work appropriate. My favorite in that link would have the be the tan split toe at the bottom.

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            #6
            What's your shoe size? A lot of people on the forums (that aren't size 10-10.5) have had a lot of luck buying quality shoes on Ebay in great condition at absurdly low prices. The reason I say "that aren't size 10-10.5" is because those are popular sizes and so the prices tend to get jacked up a bit higher on those auctions. Still better than retail for cole haan shoes though.

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              #7
              Get rid of the two square pilgrim shoes you have. the loafers you can keep. I'd get a nice dark brown blutcher as my next shoe and add a black balamoral when you can

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                #8
                This is highly subjective and is only my personal opinion, but I tend to think of shoes in five different tiers price wise. You really should be looking at tier 3 IMO.

                Tier 1 - sub $100
                You're getting glued construction and corrected grain leather, but who cares since you're spending less than $100. Lots of junk but plenty of classics too, like Bass Weejuns, Clarks Desert Boots, Sperry Top-siders, etc. A personal fave in this category is Camper. You really shouldn't be building the core of your business wardrobe here though.

                Tier 2 - $100 to $200 retail
                This includes Cole Haan, Johnston and Murphy, and Florsheim, in other words pretty much what 90% of the American business folks wear. Obviously I'm way in the minority here, but I cannot understand purchasing these shoes. You are still getting glued construction and corrected grain leather but now are paying over $100! Many of these brands were once very well regarded made in the USA brands, but no longer. (Vintage Florsheim Imperial cordovan is awesome!) They are not resole-able and seem overpriced for the quality IMO.

                Tier 3 - Allen Edmonds, Loake, Meermin, Alden, etc.
                This is the sweet spot and where you want to be looking if you are going to up your shoe game! You can frequently find these at less than tier 2 prices by checking sites such as Dappered, Put This On, etc. These are all goodyear welted, mostly not corrected grain (Meermin's classic line might be), and can be found on sale at reasonable prices, often sub-$200. Get on the mailing list for the Allen Edmonds Shoebank - [email protected]. They carry AEs factory 2nds and always seem to have a sale on certain models. A couple times a year they have a 2 for $200 sale, and you can often get great deals at odd times. For example, I have the AE Fifth Street boot which retails for $350 but last spring the Shoebank had a 50% off factory second boots sale so I got it for $135. I still have no idea what the flaw is that made it a factory second. I highly recommend buying business shoes from the AE Shoebank. Most of Charles Tyrwhitt's shoes are made by Loake, BTW and can also be had for around $200.

                Tier 4 - Crockett & Jones, Alfred Sargent, etc.
                These or versions of these can be found on sale at Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Barneys, A Fine Pair of Shoes, etc, often for less than AE retail prices. A significant step up quality wise and what I'm usually bargain hunting for.

                Tier 5 - Edward Green, John Lobb, Gaziano & Girling, etc.
                Shoe porn. Beautiful, but unlikely I'll ever own these.

                Quality shoes get noticed, will last a decade or longer, and you won't change sizes if your waistline changes. If your serious about rebuilding your wardrobe, I would skip right to the "tier 3" brands if your budget allows.

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                  #9
                  I'd keep the horse bit loafers (and clean them up and take better care of them) and get rid of everything else. The penny loafers might be salvageable, but they look kind of beat up.

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                    #10
                    Wally, None of the shoes in your pictures are appropriate for a business environment. Additionally, all of the shoes are highly unattractive. I apologise for being blunt.

                    If you want to dress with style then I recommend purchasing a pair of black plain cap toe oxfords, a pair of brown cap toe oxfords, and a black or brown blucher for business casual days.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by bruschetta View Post
                      Additionally, all of the shoes are highly unattractive. I apologise for being blunt.
                      Glad I'm not the only one who was thinking that.

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                        #12
                        While not entirely my style, I feel like the 2 shoes on the left in each photo are workable. Maybe not the brown bit loafer. I think the tassel loafers (despite not being a tassel kind of guy) appear to be the best looking shape-wise.
                        "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Vicious49 View Post
                          Glad I'm not the only one who was thinking that.
                          Uh Vicious... your AE Cascades looks like a cross between the round toe loafers and the square toe browns

                          And for the above shoes...go on ebay and slowly find shoes, anything withOUT stitching along the top; like your brown laces ups...don't buy. I find that is just an ugly style and you will see most shoes now are either smooth, or have brouging.
                          Last edited by shad0w4life; January 21, 2013, 01:12 PM.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by shad0w4life View Post
                            Uh Vicious... your AE Cascades looks like a cross between the round toe loafers and the square toe browns

                            And for the above shoes...go on ebay and slowly find shoes, anything with stitching along the top; like your brown laces ups...don't buy. I find that is just an ugly style and you will see most shoes now are either smooth, or have brouging.
                            I think the square toe ones are the ugliest and have no place in anyones wardrobe. The rest of them are all loafers and I'm partial against them so I don't find them appealing. I didn't like the Cascades from the pics either but needed something for the winter so I decided to check them out. They looked much better in person which helped me to pull the trigger on them. They're boots that have a toe shape similar to the Alden Indys which I think contributes to me liking them as well.

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                              #15
                              Shadow, the AE cascades are based on the classic Indy boot look. I like the Alden Indy boots much better and the Cascades aren't my style, but they are not objectively unattractive. Let's keep the subject matter to the question that the OP posed rather than unnecessary personal jabs.

                              http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...8428/18428.jsp

                              Classic and great-looking.
                              "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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