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Old April 26th, 2012, 10:39 AM
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I'm a big fan of both Alden and Church's. They are not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for.

A tip on the soles, specifically leather soles...before wearing a new pair take them to a shoe guy and have him glue on a thin rubber sole. It doesn't change the look of the shoe and you'll only wear through the rubber sole, which is easily and cheaply replaced. The integrity of the shoe is maintained and you won't end up with dirt and water on your feet.
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As with most things, you have to take care of them properly if you want them to last. Don't wait for the soles to wear through before repalcing. Worn soles are not a reflection on the quality of the shoe. They are supposed to wear. Avoid rain and snow, cycle your shoes and don't wear the same pair days on end. Finally, use shoe trees whenever you aren't wearing them.

You get what you pay for with shoes, but you have to take care of them.
I have never had a pair but from seeing them at stores and reading about them Alden and Church's are the shoe to have if you are getting a classic lace-up.

Taking care of them is big. Grab a pair of something like an LL Bean hunting boots or some Wellies for when the weather is shitty.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 10:50 AM
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What no Salvatore Ferragamo or Gucci?
I have a few pair of Ferragamo's. Like Chris Vitale said, comfy and a pretty easy/no sock needed shoe.

I was going to get a pair of Gucci's one time but they were a little too much flash.

I also have a few pair of Moreschi and Donald Pilner. Neither are crazy dollars but both are very decent Made in Italy shoes.

Most of the time I'm in Garmont or North Face trail shoes.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 03:44 PM
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Timberland Boot Company (very different from Timberland) made an Oxford that is the most well made and comfortable dress shoe I have ever worn: http://mshop.timberland.com/product/...ductId=4208755

For those of you who are into handcrafted quality products the way they used to be, check out: http://www.timberlandbootcompany.com/

Also check out John Varvatos: http://www.johnvarvatos.com
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Old April 26th, 2012, 04:11 PM
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I'm going to get sized up for these Allen Edmonds tonight after work. There's a Stapleton Shoe just down the street that carries Allen Edmonds, Alden, but not sure about Church's Footwear. We'll see.

Thanks guys! The plan is to get two pair of brown shoes for work and jeans, and a pair of black wingtips for work and weddings.

Something like these:

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF2905_1_40000000001_-1

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF6215_1_40000000001_-1

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF2612C_1_40000000001_-1

The second ones aren't bad in either brown or black and they're $235 on sale which is pretty standard.

Johnston Murphy also said they're sending me a prepacked label to send mine back to them and they'll give me a gift card for the value of the ones I'm wearing (about $200) so that'll be nice - I can get another pair to mix in every once in a while. Getting some shoe trees as well.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 06:27 PM
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Please don't wear any of those with jeans. Please. Your too young for that look.

Get work shoes for work and other shoes for when you aren't at work.
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I live in a bit more casual world but I've had these for years and they still wear and look new. I've worn them to the office and in a few lumberjsck comps. Pretty versitile for sure.

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=blund...92&tx=75&ty=70

Just picked up a pair of these last year as well.

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=ariat...95&tx=87&ty=86
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Old April 26th, 2012, 08:51 PM
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You have got to be joking?...Do not get those!
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Are you calling them dress shoes cz you wear them when you are wearing a dress?
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Old April 26th, 2012, 09:43 PM
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I believe that for most things, but my experience so far with dress shoes has been that the $200 pair wore out just as quickly as the $400 ones I thought I'd be able to keep for a few years, so I just went back to $200 and have just gone back to sticking with the $200 price point the past few years. Ready to experiment again and see if I can get a few pair based on these recommendations and see how long they last me this time.
Buy 2 pairs and they will last much longer ...
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FYI for those who like Allen Edmonds shoes, one of my friends just sent me this. Allen Edmonds is having their annual Rediscover America sale

http://www.allenedmonds.com/wcsstore...filiate&ref=cj

and Amazon is also honoring

http://www.amazon.com/l/7418944011/r...d_i=B001TDKZEI

and with the additional 20% off that Amazon is offering with their e-mail sign-up, you're under $200 for most of their shoes

http://www.amazon.com/gp/promotions/...A0_6-si3_0_0_0

Full details here:

http://slickdeals.net/f/6300576-up-t...g-free-returns
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 11:47 AM
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Gucci, for sure in my opinion. I find they are the most comfortable, longest lasting shoes I have. I wear them everywhere and have a few in different colors etc. All are very comfortable. I've never had Ferragamos because I feel like they are an older design and aimed at the older crowd more. The Gucci's have a younger appeal and I seem to get a lot of compliments on them, for whatever that is worth.

I have a couple pair of LVs and they are comfortable as well, but the Gucci still are my favorites.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 12:33 PM
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Allen Edmonds, Ecco. Mostly because they come in Wides and have bigger toe box. I travel lots and these are my go to's.
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FYI, Allen Edmonds is having their annual sale through April. I've had a few of their shoes now for 2 years and couldn't be happier. I just bought a pair of their golf shoes yesterday, since my Footjoys were over 10 years old and were no longer ideal for walking the course. I figured if I use my brown Allen Edmonds more frequently than my sneakers when on vacation, their golf shoes must also be pretty comfortable! Thanks again guys for the recommendations!

http://www.allenedmonds.com/
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Old April 14th, 2014, 04:23 PM
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I spend a TON of time on my feet at work. Ecco have been the best quality. And wear great over the years. I have about 20 pairs of shoes in my closet that have been wore 1 time, based on fit and comfort..
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Bostonians have been a workhorse for me; but I wear boat shoes most days. That said, sperrys new 'gold cup' line is fairly comfortable and classic in its styling (concerning their dress shoe line)
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RM Williams if you don't mine the dress boot. I have a pair of Gardeners; good boot and can pass off as "dressy" if need be. But I'll jump on the Allen Edmonds bandwagon as my preference.
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