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    Help with some shoe game?

    Hey everyone,

    Iím in need of some new shoes and Iím looking at getting a pair of boots and a pair of loafers. Tax return and all that jazz.

    Seriously though, Iím looking for something I can wear to work (business casual) and wear with jeans and a t shirt. I have a couple ďfancierĒ pairs of shoes already so Iím not looking for anything that screams ďlook at me!Ē

    I wear loafers 90% of the time. Generally, I beat them up, so I buy cheaper pairs. My Clarkís driving loafers now have a gaping hole in the toe so case number 1 why Iím in the market for something new.

    So Iím asking for opinions on a pair of loafers and a pair of boots that are both attractive and versatile (and look good on thin people. Iím tall and thin with long, skinny feet). Iíll be working to take care of these but still letting them look nice and worn - me being a fan of the lived in look.

    Iíve been eyeing this pair of Fryeís, but I havenít seen much in the way of reviews on them: https://www.thefryecompany.com/mens/...ace-up-d-80432

    As for the loafers, Iím game for anything. I love me some loafers. Hit me with your favorites!

    Thank you!

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    So, I guess it would be a disappointment if I didn’t chime in on the loafer front. I will only recommmed models that I personally own.


    On the casual side of business casual, I would highly recommend these two:

    https://oakstreetbootmakers.com/foot...l-penny-loafer

    https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/m...r/SF69130.html

    In the middle:

    https://www.brooksbrothers.com/Suede...efault,pd.html

    On the dressier side:

    https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/m...er/SF4956.html

    https://www.brooksbrothers.com/Brown...efault,pd.html

    If you are patient and hunt the shoe bank for AE, you can get the cordovan patriots for $350 and the Sea Island for $150ish. Also try Dabondo1 on eBay. I picked up a pair of Alden’s for less than $300 off of eBay, and they had less than 10 wears. The Oak Street I lucked out at Nordstrom Rack for around $170. If you are in to bargain hunting, you really find some steals out there and get great quality for close to what others pay for cemented shoes.

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    Check out the last two days of the sale here to see if you like any of these:

    https://us.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com/

    I do like those Frye boots.

    Herring has a lot of loafers from different makers. l really like my Herring Premier monk straps


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


    You might like cobbler union loafers:

    https://www.cobbler-union.com/collections/the-loafers

    I love my oxfords from CU
    Intentionally overdressed for almost every occasion.

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    What do you think about:
    https://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/oak-s...loafer/3653021

    <<my mistake - realized our loafer master already shared these. I might try a new brand from Nordstrom because of the ease of return and points and the great bar they have here in NY>>

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    I used to buy at Land's End but their quality has gone down. If you can find any old models in new condition online from Ebay or something, then get those. They were usually formal but with a casual cut to them.

    Ibex is another option. Their shoes are a little funky. It could be hit or miss for you.

    Brooks Brothers carries a few good choices as well. I think they're usually English made.

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    The absolute most versatile boot/shoe I own is my chocolate suede chukkas. Between those and a nice quality pair of penny loafers you'd be covered under the circumstances you set in the OP.

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