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Posted: 7/14/2014 12:56 PM

Shoes ? 


Time has come to get some new black dress shoes.  

Any recommendations on brands/durability that you've recently purchased?  Any good/bad experience with Clarks, Cole Haan, or GH Bass lately (I'm not too far from these shops at the outlet mall in Woodstock, GA)?

Most interested in comfort and durability.  Last pair was Dockers, and I've had them about 3 years.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 1:01 PM

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Allen Edmonds. If you take care of them, they will last almost a lifetime. They are made in the USA and you can send them back to the factory to have them re-crafted when necessary.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 1:11 PM

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Depends on how dressy you want to be. 

Thom McAn at K-Mart for $29.

Thom McAn Men's Kendrick2 Casual Shoe - Black at Kmart.com

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Posted: 7/14/2014 1:13 PM

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I've got a pair of black cap toe Cole Hohns. Love the way they look, but the leather is very hard. I've just never worn them enough to really get them broken in (partially because they weren't as comfortable). If I wore dress shoes every day I think I would have been happier with them.

I also have a pair of Johnston Murphy slip on dress shoes. Not as dressy as the Cole Hahns but a ton more comfortable. I can wear them either business casual or full suit so they get a lot more use.

http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/penn-moc-slip-on/859 9.html?dwvar_8599_color=Black%20Full%20Grain&d wvar_8599_width=M#start=1

Were about $90

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Posted: 7/14/2014 1:14 PM

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steeznutz wrote: Allen Edmonds. If you take care of them, they will last almost a lifetime. They are made in the USA and you can send them back to the factory to have them re-crafted when necessary.
+1. 

Still wearing a pair of AE Park Avenue cap toes that I bought in 2002.  Shoe trees and regular cleaning/sole repair keep them good as new.  I bought mine at Bennie's.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 1:19 PM

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+100 for Allen Edmonds. Def the best dress shoes around. Very high quality.
BlitzJacket wrote:
steeznutz wrote: Allen Edmonds. If you take care of them, they will last almost a lifetime. They are made in the USA and you can send them back to the factory to have them re-crafted when necessary.
+1. 

Still wearing a pair of AE Park Avenue cap toes that I bought in 2002.  Shoe trees and regular cleaning/sole repair keep them good as new.  I bought mine at Bennie's.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 1:28 PM

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Crocs, next question

THWG!!!

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Posted: 7/14/2014 1:28 PM

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I am on my feet (a lot) during the day. By far the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn are Doc Martens. Additionally, they last forever Believe it or not, they do make wingtips and other dress shoes (don't own any of those, I have a more casual pair - not the boots). It's rare for me to wear a suit so I've had a pair by Johnston & Murphy that I have had for a long time. With as infrequently as these get worn, it's hard to comment on their durability.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 1:42 PM

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Cole Haan

Nike insoles, and very affordable for the look and durability you want.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 1:48 PM

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GTJT622 wrote: Depends on how dressy you want to be. 

Thom McAn at K-Mart for $29.

Thom McAn Men's Kendrick2 Casual Shoe - Black at Kmart.com

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You still have a K-Mart?
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Posted: 7/14/2014 1:48 PM

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RoswellBuzz wrote: Time has come to get some new black dress shoes.  

Any recommendations on brands/durability that you've recently purchased?  Any good/bad experience with Clarks, Cole Haan, or GH Bass lately (I'm not too far from these shops at the outlet mall in Woodstock, GA)?

Most interested in comfort and durability.  Last pair was Dockers, and I've had them about 3 years.

Must consider Rockport!  Wide range and VERY comfortable.

Edit:  Here's one of the pair I've bought (black/dress loafers w/insole & rubber soles)--highly recommend if style fits your taste. 

Tips:  If you register your e-mail on their website, shop and log off, you'll probably get a discount coupon sent w/in a few days ... something I learned by accident before ordering my first pair.  Also, once you buy a pair, they'll start notifying you of sales & send additional discounts to your e-mail account if you allow them.





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Posted: 7/14/2014 1:49 PM

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Presjacket wrote:
GTJT622 wrote: Depends on how dressy you want to be. 

Thom McAn at K-Mart for $29.

Thom McAn Men's Kendrick2 Casual Shoe - Black at Kmart.com

biggrin
You still have a K-Mart?
Sure.  And, you do to thanks to this new thing called the internet.  Whooooaaaaa!  High tech schlitz!  biggrin
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Posted: 7/14/2014 1:58 PM

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Presjacket wrote:
GTJT622 wrote: Depends on how dressy you want to be. 

Thom McAn at K-Mart for $29.

Thom McAn Men's Kendrick2 Casual Shoe - Black at Kmart.com

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You still have a K-Mart?
I think he goes to the one in Cincinnati.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 2:04 PM

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It took me nearly 15 years into my professional career to realize this, but I will never again by "cheap" dress shoes.  Yeah, DSW may have a sticker on the side of the box that shows these "Italian" shoes have an MSRP of $395 but are now marked down to $59.99, but the glued-on soles will start separating in about 6 months and the leather won't be able to hold a good shine.

Additionally, most of the marque brands of yesteryear that represented fine craftsmanship and quality, are now mainly in business in name only, having outsourced most of their manufacturing to 3rd world countries and using inferior materials.  You can still find some decent offerings from a few of them (Johnston & Murphy for instance), but many others you're simply paying for the name at this point (Cole Haan as an example).

If you're only wearing dress shoes a few times a year for weddings, funerals or the occasional meeting with a client that requires you change from your sweats into a suit, then the $50-$100 shoes at DSW and their ilk are probably fine and will last you a while.  But, if you're wearing dress shoes every day for work, I would recommend getting a few pairs to rotate through the week, and to look for some of the brands that still make a quality shoe.  As some others have already mentioned, Allen Edmonds makes a good shoe and is actually a decent value when you consider what you're getting for $200-300 compared to other similarly constructed shoes.

There are numerous men's fashion websites/blogs that can lead you in the right direction.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 2:08 PM

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GTJT622 wrote:
Presjacket wrote:
GTJT622 wrote: Depends on how dressy you want to be. 

Thom McAn at K-Mart for $29.

Thom McAn Men's Kendrick2 Casual Shoe - Black at Kmart.com

biggrin
You still have a K-Mart?
Sure.  And, you do to thanks to this new thing called the internet.  Whooooaaaaa!  High tech schlitz!  biggrin
I'm not confident that they would still be in business between the time I placed an internet order and the time it was filled.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 2:12 PM

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Presjacket wrote:
GTJT622 wrote:
Presjacket wrote:
GTJT622 wrote: Depends on how dressy you want to be. 

Thom McAn at K-Mart for $29.

Thom McAn Men's Kendrick2 Casual Shoe - Black at Kmart.com

biggrin
You still have a K-Mart?
Sure.  And, you do to thanks to this new thing called the internet.  Whooooaaaaa!  High tech schlitz!  biggrin
I'm not confident that they would still be in business between the time I placed an internet order and the time it was filled.
Ahhhh...so you're holding out for the Going Out of Business Sale.  Smart.  Very smart.  That is, the officially announced one and not the one that started unofficially about 2 decades ago.

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Posted: 7/14/2014 2:32 PM

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I've been wearing Clark's dress shoes for the last 5 years but I typically go through a pair a year. They are about 1/5 the cost of a pair of Allen Edmonds but they obviously don't last nearly as long. I'm pretty rough on shoes and walk a LOT of miles during the work week (mainly airports or contract plant/warehouse floors) so I've never been comfortable spending a ton of shoes. I'd hate to drop $300 on a good pair of AE's and then gouge the toe on a pallet the next week.

I've had nothing but success with Clarks in terms of appearance or comfort.  I wear a lot of slip-on bicycle toe shoes and they are like slippers.

That all said, I may spring for a good pair of AE's instead of a $75 pair of Clark's next.

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Posted: 7/14/2014 2:37 PM

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Men's Kenmoor (Wing Tip Brogue)

Florsheim Imperial  $256.00

If you are over 30 years old, a pair of these should last you the rest of your life if you don't wear them every day.  I bought a pair in 1977 for $79, and they still look new.  They even have the original soles but replacement heels.

My original 1977 purchase was brown, but I bought a black pair in 1979 for $99.  They honestly look brand new.   And they are 35 years old.  I proudly wore them with my tux to the GT president's dinner this year.

Sure, they are expensive.  But they are the most economical way to go when you figure how many times you would have to replace a cheaper shoe over a lifetime.  They are very hard to find now since most stores don't carry $300 shoes.  You might be able to get them at Lenox Square;  I have heard that you can.  You can definitely order them off the internet.  They are leather sole and leather uppers.  If you don't like wingtips, they used to also have a plain toe shoe.  Don't worry about the latest fads; quality traditional men's clothes NEVER go out of style and your CEO knows it.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 2:38 PM

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steeznutz wrote: Allen Edmonds. If you take care of them, they will last almost a lifetime. They are made in the USA and you can send them back to the factory to have them re-crafted when necessary.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 3:00 PM

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ctmoore8 wrote:

Men's Kenmoor (Wing Tip Brogue)

Florsheim Imperial  $256.00

If you are over 30 years old, a pair of these should last you the rest of your life if you don't wear them every day.  I bought a pair in 1977 for $79, and they still look new.  They even have the original soles but replacement heels.

My original 1977 purchase was brown, but I bought a black pair in 1979 for $99.  They honestly look brand new.   And they are 35 years old.  I proudly wore them with my tux to the GT president's dinner this year.

Sure, they are expensive.  But they are the most economical way to go when you figure how many times you would have to replace a cheaper shoe over a lifetime.  They are very hard to find now since most stores don't carry $300 shoes.  You might be able to get them at Lenox Square;  I have heard that you can.  You can definitely order them off the internet.  They are leather sole and leather uppers.  If you don't like wingtips, they used to also have a plain toe shoe.  Don't worry about the latest fads; quality traditional men's clothes NEVER go out of style and your CEO knows it.
Ebay. I'm wearing a pair of these right now.
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