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Old April 25th, 2012, 03:05 PM
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As with most things, you have to take care of them properly if you want them to last.

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Have to disagree. http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...08_subcategory
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Replacing soles on leather shoes you walk on cement with is a fact of life.

That being said, Allen Edmonds have thick soles and tend to last longer.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 03:16 PM
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I should probably try to take better care of them you're right. Growing up I always just figured shoe trees were for old men since my dad had them for all of his shoes, and to me they just smelled like a rotten hamster cage with the cedar inserts.

I cycle between two pair of basically identical brown dress shoes which get almost all of the wear, black for suits or darker pants on a regular basis, and have two pair of boots dedicated for days when I know it'll rain or snow. In the Summer time I'm almost always in sandals outside of work, with 4 pair of those (even dedicated ones for rain).

Manhattan probably has something to do with it, since I walk most places, and sometimes walk to/from work. It has been a steady 6 month replacement on the 3 dress shoes listed above (so 3 pair every 18 months or so), with the black ones replaced less frequently.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 03:25 PM
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I have the saddle shoe style, but only for golfing.

------ Follow up post added April 25th, 2012 03:26 PM ------

With all of these Allen Edmonds recommendations I'm kind of embarrassed I had not heard of them.
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I should probably try to take better care of them you're right. Growing up I always just figured shoe trees were for old men since my dad had them for all of his shoes, and to me they just smelled like a rotten hamster cage with the cedar inserts.
Shoe trees help keep form and to help absorb moisture to prevent cracking. I can't help you with the rotten hamster cage. I know its just as hot up there in the city in the summer as it is down here.

Josh, with your powers if investigation, I assumed you would know everything there is to know about them by now! There are more expensive brands out there, but for the money, they are a damn good one. I've given up on shoes made in Uzbekibekistan.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 04:09 PM
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Replacing soles on leather shoes you walk on cement with is a fact of life.

That being said, Allen Edmonds have thick soles and tend to last longer.

I have a $900 pair and to be honest they aren't as good at Loakes I bought in the UK.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 04:35 PM
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hello..... remember your "introduction to keith thread" - i should be the guy you are asking. =)

are you wearing socks or no socks? although dress shoes are not my thing... i can help with driving shoes / moc's. donald pliner, borns, LV's.

listen to the above and do NOT wear them days in a row or you will go through them fast. i literally have more pairs of shoes than most of the peoples on here, wifes!
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I have had a lot of success with Floresheim shoes. They look good with a variety of clothing (jeans to dress pants) and important for me come in wide. That said, leather soles do wear quicker if you are doing a lot of walking on abrasive services.
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Russell Moccasin might have something for you. They make each shoe based on measurements of each of your hobbit feet. Looks like they have some Oxfords in their collection. I don't know if they will be dressy enough, since I wear Red Wing boots 99% of the time and I'm out of touch with office life

http://www.russellmoccasin.com/

Someday I would love to have a pair of Russels.
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Thanks guys! I'm just glad I can count on you guys for some of the finer points, as my girlfriend joked (I think...) that your ideas of dress shoes would be a pair of Merrell velcro sandals with black tube socks. Keith, she knew you'd recommend LV's...
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=) the pliners are actually comfier. the LV's are just for looks =)
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I would go with something like this but with perhaps an even more chunky sole to withstand the pavement pounding you do in NY. http://www.barbour.com/mens-clothing...es/brogue-shoe

Many different manufactures make this style shoe. you want one with a Goodyear welt so they can be resoled. I have both boots and shoes that I have had resoled a few times and they are as good as new. I use a good leather conditioner on all my shoes and boots. This helps the leather withstand the elements. leather needs lotion just like your skin needs it.
Also, as stated the key to shoes lasting and remaining comfortable is rotation.

thank goodness you are dropping the square toe!
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I have a $900 pair and to be honest they aren't as good at Loakes I bought in the UK.
$900 on AE? I can only imagine they are some sort of fancy type with thin soles.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 07:45 PM
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Bruno Maglis hands down. A good pair of colenhaans are nice too. I prefer rubber soles to leather. They dont slide all over and they dont soak your feet when its wet out.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 08:07 PM
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I am a big fan of Ferragamo's.

You can dress them up, dress them down, with or w/o socks....and they are extremely comfortable. A good compromise shoe and can be purchased for a steal at the Nordstrom's one weekend annual sale. I get 1-2 pair every year during the sale event.

I thinks its called the friends and family sale, but its open to all.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 08:11 PM
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What no Salvatore Ferragamo or Gucci?
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Alden or Peal.

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatP...=&sectionsize=

http://www.aldenshoe.com/cat_ane2.htm

I generally wear chacos birkenstock or muck boots, when I pull those out people are really confused.
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$900 on AE? I can only imagine they are some sort of fancy type with thin soles.
Nope thick soles ... Weigh a ton!

Probably paid the gringo premium in mid town manhattan..

Next time I'm in the uk will pickup some church's
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Ecco makes a very comfortable shoe if you move around a lot. I have several pair as well as Cole Haan. I have been considering Feeragamos sorry about the spelling but $200.00 is the most I'll spend. Just go to Nordstroms.
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Redwing Heritage make some nice shoes/boots that you can pull of with a suit if needed. You'll be looking at the $280-$400 price range. Order a size smaller than normal.
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