Good quality work/ dress shoes?

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Good quality work/ dress shoes?

Post by alex123711 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:55 pm

Any recommendations for some good quality work/ dress shoes? I'm not really too sure what to look for or where to look but i'd like some nice/ good quality shoes any ideas on what brands etc to look for?

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Post by mcraepat9 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:09 pm

alex123711 wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:55 pm
Any recommendations for some good quality work/ dress shoes? I'm not really too sure what to look for or where to look but i'd like some nice/ good quality shoes any ideas on what brands etc to look for?
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Post by runner3081 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:13 pm

I like Bostonian.

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Post by HomeStretch » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:43 pm

Take a look at Johnston & Murphy’s selection.

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Post by BobStrauss » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:46 pm

I’ve worn the same two pairs of Allen Edmonds shoes (a wing tip and an ankle boot) to work for the past six years. If you get something with a Goodyear well and a sole that can be replaced, any good pair of shoes should be able to last you a real long time.

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Post by stan1 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:49 pm

I have been happy with dressier walking shoes in the $100-150 range. I prefer synthetic over leather but others will prefer leather.

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Post by OldSport » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:56 pm

alex123711 wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:55 pm
Any recommendations for some good quality work/ dress shoes? I'm not really too sure what to look for or where to look but i'd like some nice/ good quality shoes any ideas on what brands etc to look for?
Have generally been happy with Johnston & Murphy $100-160 selections.

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Post by DameTime » Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:04 pm

What's your budget? Would you be willing to spend $2-300+ if they lasted you a decade (or longer) with proper care?

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Post by travelspot » Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:16 pm

I highly recommend you look at Allen Edmonds. I made the switch from Johnston & Murphy several years ago. Yes twice as much but way more comfortable and long-lasting. Just re-sole the AE shoes and they can last for many years. Also AE is much better at fitting to your proper size (width not just length). Putting decent money into shoes is worth it in my opinion, considering how much time we spend in them in our careers!
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Post by tigermilk » Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:21 pm

I bought a pair of Magnannis. Love them, and they are the only shoe I have owned that gets compliments. I went for the higher quality leather sole variety.

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Post by caffeperfavore » Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:49 pm

Third for Allen Edmunds. Mine have been comfortable and lasted, much longer than my Johnson & Murphy’s, Cole Hahns, and others. Switched to them years ago and never looked back. The only other dress shoe I would consider nowadays is Alden but the price gap is too large.

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Post by gpburdell » Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:09 am

Another vote for Allen Edmonds

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Post by lifeisinmirrors » Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:47 am

Allen Edmonds - in order of most to least dressy: Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Strand, McAllister. Wait for a 20% or 25% off sale if you can.

I would also pick up a pair of something cheap for inclement weather, such as Target's Goodfellow brand.

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Post by carolinaman » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:16 am

HomeStretch wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:43 pm
Take a look at Johnston & Murphy’s selection.
Just bought a pair of dress loafers from J&M outlet store. Good quality at a reasonable price, $99

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Post by gpburdell » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:20 am

lifeisinmirrors wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:47 am
Allen Edmonds - in order of most to least dressy: Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Strand, McAllister. Wait for a 20% or 25% off sale if you can.
I love my Fifth Ave in walnut. Also, I prefer the Dainite (rubber) sole instead of the standard leather one for the better traction. Not sure if it was because I had cheap dress shoes before, but with those I would feel like I was going to slip on smooth surfaces with the leather sole (fake leather maybe?).

OP, there is a sale going on right now. If you have a physical store near you, I recommend going in and get sized properly. I was going to buy online and go with my normal size but I decided to go in. I was very surprised that they said I needed smaller but with extra wide and they feel great.

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Post by poker27 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:47 am

I own one pair of manngani, to boot, and Bruno Magli. I probably own 10-15 pairs of Allen Edmonds. Take care of them, and they will last a long time.

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Post by btq96r » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:52 am

I'm quite a fan of Ecco. Took me a bit to find the perfect fit, but once I did, it's been smooth sailing.
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Post by J45 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:03 am

There is so much now a days.

If you want comfort of long hours, reasonable price, style and durability: Cole Han, Bostonian

CK, Stacy Adams are ok too.

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Post by J45 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:06 am

There is so much now days.

You want durability, style, reasonable price, I would go for Cole Haan and Bostonian.

CK and Stacy Adams are ok too btu not as comfortable.

I find Allen Edmonds, JM overpriced.

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Post by jebmke » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:16 am

poker27 wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:47 am
I own one pair of manngani, to boot, and Bruno Magli. I probably own 10-15 pairs of Allen Edmonds. Take care of them, and they will last a long time.
I wore these for years. The key is to have multiple pairs, always use wood shoe trees and take care of the leather. Rotating the shoes instead of wearing the same pair day after day allows the trees to dry out the moisture inside the shoe and help the shoe take its form from the tree. AE used to have a good recrafting program for when they need to be rehabilitated. Don't know if they still have that.
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Post by corysold » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:26 am

If you do go the Allen Edmonds route, there is a great "seconds" online store, shoebank.com, and also a big E-bay seller that has firsts and seconds for a big discount.

Seconds are basically perfectly fine shoes, other than a small cosmetic defect, usually hardly noticeable, that doesn't allow them to be sold for full price. A good way to get nice shoes at 50+% off. I have a pair of the Independence collection, usually $495, that I bought for $70 on E-bay. Only defect was a small tear along that back that was repaired and can't be seen since my pants cover that portion of the shoe. You wouldn't notice it even if it wasn't covered probably.

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Post by Triple digit golfer » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:29 am

btq96r wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:52 am
I'm quite a fan of Ecco. Took me a bit to find the perfect fit, but once I did, it's been smooth sailing.
+1 on Ecco. They are the ONLY dress shoes that I've tried that I find comfortable. They have a soft heel and don't give me blisters like many others do. All around, a great, comfortable, quality shoe at a reasonable price.

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Post by Tiguan » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:41 am

Allen Edmonds. After-Christmas sale is going on right now! I have also purchased two pair on ebay for half-price.

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Post by watchnerd » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:45 am

+1 Allen Edmonds.
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