Dress Shoe Recommendation

Anyone know of some good dress shoe brands that are decent quality but not very expensive? The last set of loafers I bought were shit. Also I'm not a fan of wingtips.

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Comments (120)

Jan 28, 2015

Cole haan are fine. Realistically you can get like florshines as long as they aren't square toed. No one cares what you wear at work.

Personally, once you get some cash, get nice shoes. They look better and last longer.

Jan 28, 2015

Go to Nordstrom Rack and find a pair of To Boot New York shoes. Usually half off, and very good quality. May take a few trips, but you can eventually find a pair for $200 or less.

I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

Jan 28, 2015
rogersterling59:

Go to Nordstrom Rack and find a pair of To Boot New York shoes. Usually half off, and very good quality. May take a few trips, but you can eventually find a pair for $200 or less.

Agree with this comment. Can find other brands like Allen Edmonds sometimes too for a great deal.

Jan 28, 2015

I recently just picked up some Magnanni shoes at Rack too. They were also close to half off, and are pretty sharp.

I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

Jan 28, 2015

Think I'd be better off getting some online or going to an outlet store?

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Jan 28, 2015

Nordstorm anniversary sale has allen edmonds at a ridiculous price.

Apr 11, 2017

Strand no contest

Apr 11, 2017

Strand is a must

Apr 11, 2017

I've never understood the point of holes (or what the sophisticated will refer to as 'designs') in shoes. If you want something different, then go with the monkstrap. They look great, and I really doubt anyone will care if you wear those once/twice a week.

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Apr 11, 2017

last shoes are absolutely not worth it, esp for an intern

happy to give advice; no asking for referrals please

Apr 11, 2017

buy the allen edmonds... although i would probably go ahead and look for a different brown tone as walnut is maybe not conservative enough (in london it would definatly be a no-go). I also think the quality of AE is above the higher priced ralph lauren shoes and even if not... they are fine untill you are CEO... then you can get some Alden shoes ;)

Apr 11, 2017

Monkstraps are more-than-likely not going to fly if you're an analyst. Get the AEs, but perhaps in a darker brown. If you want a bit of variety in your rotation, look into getting something from Church's or Grenson. That being said, there are those who would argue that Church's have gone downhill since the acquisition by Prada and even the made-in-England Grensons are roughly on-par with AEs.

Apr 11, 2017

Personally I'm a huge fan of the Gucci and Gamo loafers. I don't own them though but you can't go wrong with strands. As an Intern I only have Park Aves.

Apr 11, 2017

Of the three, definitely the AE Strands, but I agree with the lot, go for a bit darker shade.

Apr 11, 2017

Those three choices are terrible, are you 80 years old? Get a pair of AE Bradley's.

This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..

Apr 11, 2017

None of those three; AE is always a great bet, but perhaps more conservative than that color as mentioned previously

Apr 11, 2017

Herring Shoes. Significantly better looking than AE, same price, and better construction.

Apr 11, 2017

Nobody here thinks Strand is too busy for lower level employees? I haven't seen anyone wear patterned wingtips like that at those levels.

Apr 11, 2017

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Apr 11, 2017

There is no compromise on quality. I always prefer "Standard"

Apr 11, 2017

Since you said this is your first pair of real dress shoes, I'd suggest a dark brown or even burgundy cap toe which works well with both charcoal and navy.

Alden + Churchs is veryyy different from Ferragamo. I'd stay away from ferragamo in general unless you can get it on sale. Too much money for a brand name, although the style is appealing. Santoni would be a good option for you - it is formal enough to wear to work and looks good enough for denim.

Apr 11, 2017

Ever considered a pair of Allen Edmonds? They make great shoes that can last a lifetime if kept well.

Apr 11, 2017

I don't know how much money you've budgeted, but you don't really need Aldens or Churches right out of school. (I think they're overkill.) Get a nice pair of Allen Edmonds Park Avenues (cap toes), and they'll last until you make partner if you take care of them. Just make sure you get a pair of shoe trees and good shoe polish.

If you really want something that'll also go with jeans, you can go for their wingtips. Generally you can get really good deals on sale. I've never bought them at full retail

Apr 11, 2017

I agree with those above me, Allen Edmonds are great and if you're lucky you can get a pair at Nordstrom on sale.

Apr 11, 2017

You should buy two, one for jeans and one for suits. Go to Nordstrom rack can get all brands listed for 30% off.

Apr 11, 2017

There isn't much not to like with the Remigio. Stick with that and don't look back if you like them. They are very nice shoes.

Apr 11, 2017

Can't go wrong with the cap toe Ferragamos and I agree with your assessment of the AEs, which I have a few pairs of but find a bit uncomfortable. I really like the stitching on the front of the Remigios.

Apr 11, 2017

I really, really like the Remigios. I got them $200 off, which also makes me love them. But I am looking for a shoe that, frankly, I could wear in an interview if I needed to. Do you think the rubber sole detracts from the shoe?

Side note: I went to my local Ferragamo store yesterday, and a majority of their shoes are rubber soled, so I guess that's the trend?

Apr 11, 2017

Where did you get the Remigio's for $200 off? Deals on Ferragamos are hard to come by, please share.

Apr 11, 2017

I got them at Nordstrom, during the anniversary sale. The price (with a $20 giftcard), came out to ~$340.

Apr 11, 2017

Both are fine. I prefer the Ferragamos; don't like the slight chisel-toe on the Santonis. Solid buy.

Apr 11, 2017

Thank you for your input. I've decided to keep the Ferragamos. Maybe once AE improves, I'll look to buying them again.

Apr 11, 2017

Ferragamos!!

Apr 11, 2017

Ferragamo 'Remigio' looks so great! I have always loved shoes of this style. They look really good with dark coloured suits and narrow trousers

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Apr 11, 2017

"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets."

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Apr 11, 2017

I agree with carlfox, but if you're like me and can't afford to drop $350 on one pair of dress shoes , Johnston Murphy Meltons don't look bad either. I found them on sale for like $130. Hope this helps.

http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/product.aspx?c=643&p...

Apr 11, 2017

If you plan to run around a lot buy a shoe that you can easily replace when it wears out. You can take a look at Murphy Shoes.

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Apr 11, 2017

I rock the kenneth coles, they're both affordable and comfortable! And held up very well through a wet Canadian winter.

Apr 11, 2017

Kenneth COles are a good option. You must at least visit the store and try them on before making the choice. But mostly they are a good and affordable choice.

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Apr 11, 2017
bar none:

I have tried the search option, but to no avail.

You obviously didn't try hard enough.

Apr 11, 2017

There was a thread like a week ago on this. Buy some AE's off Ebay. You can get them at a deep discount and they are recraftable so you can have them fully repaid if you need to. Good shoes last a long ass time.

Apr 11, 2017

AE, Cole Haan, Brooks Brothers etc.

Apr 11, 2017

Clarks

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Apr 11, 2017

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF27...

Just buy two pairs of these, one in black and one in dark brown. There you go - problem solved. If $350 is too much for you, then buy them used on eBay. Good shoes last a very, very long time if you take care of them well. I own multiple pairs of dress shoes that are over 15 years old and they still look great.

Apr 11, 2017

If you can wait a month, the Allen Edmonds Park Avenues that carlfox and Otter linked to above usually go on sale during Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale. I picked up a pair of those in black during last year's sale in late July, for around $229 instead of the regular $345.

If you want a 2nd pair of AE oxfords, you can pick up the Park Ave in dark brown but I've never seen those go on sale. You can wait til late Sept. for AE's Rediscover America sale at which time their Fifth Avenue oxford (similar to the Park Ave except it's a punch-cap not a stitch-cap) usually goes on sale for $229. A pair of black Park Ave and brown Fifth Ave is a good starter pair for office/professional wear.

These shoes are supposedly built to last for ~20 years if cared for properly (cedar shoe trees, never wear 2 consecutive days, polish often, resole when needed, etc.)

P.S. AE sizing tends to be weird. I'm a 12 medium in most shoes, but a 11.5 wide in the Park Ave. The shoe last that the Park Ave and Fifth Ave are built on is longer and narrower than normal, so adjust accordingly. Get your fit right if you're gonna invest in these shoes.

Apr 11, 2017

I have Church's cap toe oxfords that get constant looks from female MDs.

Apr 11, 2017

I like Ecco. Not too expensive and you can get some solid brown penny loafers. Also they are extremely comfortable and there is no break in period.

http://us.shop.ecco.com/ECCO-Birmingham-Penny-Loaf...

Apr 11, 2017

"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets."

-John D. Rockefeller

Apr 11, 2017
carlfox:

These:

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF27...

End of story

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Apr 11, 2017
carlfox:

These:

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF27...

End of story

these ones are similar, but I prefer them a little bit over Park Aves because they're just a little simpler. I recognize that I'm in the minority on this though.
http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF80...

Apr 11, 2017
SirTradesaLot:

these ones are similar, but I prefer them a little bit over Park Aves because they're just a little simpler. I recognize that I'm in the minority on this though.
http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF80...

Don't get the melton. I owned a pair of these and they don't have the inner edge of the heal smoothed out. If you touch your heal to your other shoe at any point while you are walking then you WILL make a scuff that you won't be able to repair. If you buy the JM then smooth out the front, inner edge of the heals on your own.

"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets."

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Apr 11, 2017
SirTradesaLot:

these ones are similar, but I prefer them a little bit over Park Aves because they're just a little simpler. I recognize that I'm in the minority on this though.
http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF80...

Those shoes are fine, it's just generally accepted that that style (a blucher) is less formal than the Park Avenue that was linked (an Oxford). Erring on the side of "more formal" is usually the way to go for anyone just starting out.

Apr 11, 2017

Ecco brand is really comfortable.

Apr 11, 2017

Alden: no link

Apr 11, 2017

I agree with carlfox, but if you're like me and can't afford to drop $350 on one pair of dress shoes , Johnston Murphy Meltons don't look bad either. I found them on sale for like $130. Hope this helps.

http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/product.aspx?c=643&p...

Apr 11, 2017

Church's

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Apr 11, 2017

Anyone have a wallstreetoasis dress shoes link.

Apr 11, 2017
bar none:

Anyone have a wallstreetoasis dress shoes link.

Here you go: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/what-brands-...

Apr 11, 2017

fine

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Apr 11, 2017

they look fine

Apr 11, 2017

Thanks, I am from Florida and starting in NYC in a month, so I am not all that sure about what is acceptable or commonplace in the city.

Apr 11, 2017

your good bro

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Apr 11, 2017

Are these fine as well?
Or are they too stiff looking?

http://theshoebuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/...

Apr 11, 2017
reddog23:

Are these fine as well?
Or are they too stiff looking?

http://theshoebuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/...

The most classic shoe you can get for the money. Buy one or two pairs.

Apr 11, 2017

i wear allen edmonds, they're fine.

Apr 11, 2017

I vote for the edmonds

Apr 11, 2017

the AE are a pretty classic banker type shoe

Apr 11, 2017

If you're only getting one pair I would go black and get a style that you could wear with a suit if you had to. There are some things black just won't work with though, so try to get one black and one brown if you can.

I always recommend Johnson & Murphy as good entry-level shoes, they're comfortable and look good with a lot of things.

Apr 11, 2017

I would agree that you are better off going with black if you are looking to pick up just one pair of shoes. Although I like Johnston and Murphy, if your budget is under $100, I would recommend going with either Aldo or Spring, or a Johnston and Murphy outlet. J&M is a great brand, but you will need to spend probably in the mid $100s to get a good looking and well-made shoe. Cole Haan is another way to go, but again, outlets will be your best bet to get the shoes for around/under $100.

The other point to be made isthat you get what you pay for. So if you want to spend just $75 on a pair of shoes to go out with, walk around with, etc, don't be surprised if they wear down or go to crap in not too long. A slightly more expensive pair of shoes will definitely wear better and last longer - furthermore, with sales just around the corner for the holiday season, you can definitely get a good pair of shoes for under $200 - under $100, however, is a challenge.

Apr 11, 2017
bm5069:

I'm not a girl, I don't need a nice $500 pair of Aldo boots.....

lol, there is so much wrong with that sentence.

Apr 11, 2017
banker88:
bm5069:

I'm not a girl, I don't need a nice $500 pair of Aldo boots.....

lol, there is so much wrong with that sentence.

Agreed. If you want to spend less than $100, Aldo is probably one of the few stores within that budget. Or Wal-Mart.

Apr 11, 2017

:)

Apr 13, 2017

Bought these with my signing, but Ferragamo Livingstone loafers are some of the best looking shoes I have ever seen and because they're all black (even the horsebits are black) they're really subtle/not flashy.

http://images.bergdorfgoodman.com/ca/3/product_ass...

Jun 21, 2017

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Jun 21, 2017

I think this should probably be in the fashion portion of the site. That aside, Park Aves are probably the most suggested shoe that I've seen on the site. I personally bought some Johnston & Murphy Meltons for about $175 because of budget constraints, but definitely would have gotten a pair of Park Aves if I could have. Great looking shoes. Also, if you want more shoe/wardrobe suggestions, the fashion page literally has pages and pages of advice. Hope this helps.

Jun 21, 2017
TexAg:

I think this should probably be in the fashion portion of the site. That aside, Park Aves are probably the most suggested shoe that I've seen on the site. I personally bought some Johnston & Murphy Meltons for about $175 because of budget constraints, but definitely would have gotten a pair of Park Aves if I could have. Great looking shoes. Also, if you want more shoe/wardrobe suggestions, the fashion page literally has pages and pages of advice. Hope this helps.

There is, it's under Forums marked "Wall St. Fashion."

This topic comes up ridiculously often. You'd think there wasn't a search function on the site...

Jun 21, 2017

Thanks, TexAg. I too was looking at the Meltons and they look really great. I have a toe issue where the Park Aves just feel better so thats why I am dropping the extra cash. Do you think coworkers will notice in a bad way?

Jun 21, 2017

Lol from what I've read, if they notice, they're probably gay. They say most people can't tell the difference between a $100 Bostonians or a $600 Ferragamos. As a SA the common consensus is to just use common sense, and let the quality of your work speak louder than your choice of clothes. Good luck!

Jun 21, 2017

No one cares what shoes you wear, even more so since you're an SA. Personally, I wouldn't drop $345 on shoes when I'm still in school.

Jun 21, 2017

Park Aves are awesome shoes but they go on sale for $225 at Nordstroms every summer for the anniversary sale

Jun 21, 2017

Spending 350 on shoes as a SA is stupid. So so stupid.

No one cares what shoes you have. Go to a place like Nordston Rack and spend 75-100 and you will be good.

Jun 21, 2017

agree 100% with ke18sb.
try going to an outlet store like woodbury outlets. they have ton of stores, where you can pick up nice pair for $100 w/o sacrificing on the brand name. but as someone already highlighted, at a glance, a very few can tell the difference between a $100 pair v.s. $600 pair

Jun 21, 2017

i disagree. if you're going to wear these shoes for a long time, invest in them. don't buy a piece of crap because it's cheaper. Buy something that you like, looks good, and will last longer. if you can't tell the difference between park avenues and a $75-$100 shoe then I don't know what to say.

Jun 21, 2017
WSJ123:

i disagree. if you're going to wear these shoes for a long time, invest in them. don't buy a piece of crap because it's cheaper. Buy something that you like, looks good, and will last longer. if you can't tell the difference between park avenues and a $75-$100 shoe then I don't know what to say.

agree.. unless you're really tight on money invest in a good pair of shoes. Its ok! yes maybe not everyone will notice but you never buy shoes to get noticed anyways. its the comfort of knowing you got some good shoes on, which will boost your confidence.

dont listen to these people who want you to buy $50 buck shoes, what the heck can you get. To Boot to New York also got some pretty cool shoes (more on the casual side)

Jun 21, 2017
iamamonkeybanker:

To Boot to New York

+1

Jun 21, 2017

1. if you go to the right store a 75-100 shoe was originally 200-300.

2. you are a bottom of the food chain summer analyst that sits in a cubical 14-16 hours a day with no one, I repeat, no one, is looking at your shoes.

3. if you are the type of person that would either call out a sa for not having really nice shoes or be the type of person that is insecure for not having super nice shoes than you need an adjustment in self perception because by and large no ones cares.

Blow 300 if it gets you off but it is literally burning money.

Jun 21, 2017
ke18sb:

1. if you go to the right store a 75-100 shoe was originally 200-300.

2. you are a bottom of the food chain summer analyst that sits in a cubical 14-16 hours a day with no one, I repeat, no one, is looking at your shoes.

3. if you are the type of person that would either call out a sa for not having really nice shoes or be the type of person that is insecure for not having super nice shoes than you need an adjustment in self perception because by and large no ones cares.

Blow 300 if it gets you off but it is literally burning money.

1. By that logic, you can find Park Avenues for $75-100 if you "go to the right store." Yeah maybe if you shop at stores like JCPenney--huge markdowns right?!

2. As long as you like them, who cares?

3. Sure, I agree but it depends on the person. I don't see how it's not the same for judging someone because they have park avenues?

Jun 21, 2017

Park Ave. Allen Edmonds are usually ~230 at Century 21 on Corlandt St.

Jun 21, 2017

The cost per wear will be lowest on shoes in the AE range. Cheaper and you're paying more per wear. And diminishing marginal returns begin once you pass the AE range. If you have the cash, I don't see why you wouldn't get shoes with the lowest cost/wear and that you'll enjoy wearing.

Jun 21, 2017

No one is going to care about your shoes. With that said I don't think 300 for shoes that will last 10-20 years is a lot. Buy them cause you appreciate quality and take care of your shit, not because someone will care.

Go on ebay and buy a pair used. Get some shoe trees, some kiwi and find a cobbler and you're all set.

Jun 21, 2017

I would never wear 345 dollar shoes my first day on a job. Seems to fall in the "don't wear a nicer watch than your boss" category. People probably won't notice, but if they do, they'll probably assume your parents bought them.

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Jun 21, 2017
TakeItToTheBank26:

I would never wear 345 dollar shoes my first day on a job. Seems to fall in the "don't wear a nicer watch than your boss" category. People probably won't notice, but if they do, they'll probably assume your parents bought them.

I keep seeing people say this. I don't get it. Has a 20-year-old not had time to acquire currency? I'm 20 and I've had like 6 jobs, done a bunch of other stuff for money, and am trading most of my money. I understand that people have all kinds of circumstances, but it's not at all unreasonable that a young adult could put aside half a paycheck for great shoes that will last a decade+.

Also, I don't do the shoe polish. But I apply mink oil to all of my leather shoes. It darkens them slightly, but the leather becomes more supple and it waterproofs them to a degree. Look into it. It's like $3 at Jewel.

Jun 21, 2017
Little Engine Would:
TakeItToTheBank26:

I would never wear 345 dollar shoes my first day on a job. Seems to fall in the "don't wear a nicer watch than your boss" category. People probably won't notice, but if they do, they'll probably assume your parents bought them.

I keep seeing people say this. I don't get it. Has a 20-year-old not had time to acquire currency? I'm 20 and I've had like 6 jobs, done a bunch of other stuff for money, and am trading most of my money. I understand that people have all kinds of circumstances, but it's not at all unreasonable that a young adult could put aside half a paycheck for great shoes that will last a decade+.

Also, I don't do the shoe polish. But I apply mink oil to all of my leather shoes. It darkens them slightly, but the leather becomes more supple and it waterproofs them to a degree. Look into it. It's like $3 at Jewel.

Couldn't agree more.. Invest in a great pair of shoes. Try to get it at a discount in some summer sale.

Done and start appreciating quality.

Jun 21, 2017

Right, I just think that if I am going to buy shoes that they should last. If AE does this and I can front it now, why not? Then I won't be buying as many in the future. If my boss does care about my shoes, that is where the problem is. The Park Aves are pretty conservative and they aren't Ferregamo. They look like the Jonston and Murphy Melton shoes though, but the J&S won't last as long. I'm not trying to impress, that is actually the opposite. I just want good, comfortable shoes which I can wear for 15 hours a day.

Jun 21, 2017
sfkid101:

Right, I just think that if I am going to buy shoes that they should last. If AE does this and I can front it now, why not? Then I won't be buying as many in the future. If my boss does care about my shoes, that is where the problem is. The Park Aves are pretty conservative and they aren't Ferregamo. They look like the Jonston and Murphy Melton shoes though, but the J&S won't last as long. I'm not trying to impress, that is actually the opposite. I just want good, comfortable shoes which I can wear for 15 hours a day.

Your boss won't care as long as they're not flashy or stupid looking.. In fact he might appreciate it if you dressed decent with some nice shoes..

Go with the AEs

Jun 21, 2017

The Johnston and Murphy Hyde parks are like 275 and are pretty similar looking. Couldn't tell the difference between them and the park aves.

Jun 21, 2017

Basically ignore all the people telling you no one cares what shows you wear they are probably square toeing around in the back office or unemployed. Just pick up a pair of classic oxfords at a price within your budget and your good to go. DO NOT BUY square Toed shoes.

Jun 21, 2017

No square toed shoes of course! I think I will stick with the Park Aves. They fit great, aren't too flashy, and will last forever making it the best deal.

Jun 21, 2017

1901 oxfords. kind of casual but I love them

Jun 21, 2017
packmate:

1901 oxfords. kind of casual but I love them

Thanks for the suggestion. Are you referring to the Nordstroms?

Jun 21, 2017
rkstelma:
packmate:

1901 oxfords. kind of casual but I love them

Thanks for the suggestion. Are you referring to the Nordstroms?

Yes, but I believe other brands make shoes that look like that also
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/1901-carson-oxford/322...
If you go to the store you can get them in brown. I have brown one's and i think they look better than the tan ones

Jun 21, 2017

heels look a little high but, yes, those are perfectly fine. honestly, you'd be fine buying something used off ebay as well.

Jun 21, 2017

be a trendsetter and rock some hushpuppies

Jun 21, 2017

Those look perfect for khakis. I might get a pair myself. That's a steal for $99.

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