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What are the Best Dress Shoes for Work?

With regard to style, fit, and longevity?

Wall Street Shoes for Work

Opinions on fashion on wall street oasis vary wildly, especially when it comes to fashion. Some prefer form others prefer function. An analyst may not realistically have the option to spring for eight hundred dollar gucci or twelve hundred dollar Lobbs. Consider that you may get unwanted recognition for over extending yourself on these types of purchases.

GameTheory - Private Equity Vice President:

No analyst wears Lobbs, and if you did, you'd probably get made fun of for blowing your rent to spend 800+ on shoes.

However that doesn't mean that you should buy low quality goods either. With that in mind we will look at shoes that are highly rated in a moderate price range. These brands and styles come up consistently in conversations between users. These shoes are listed with style, pricing, and consumer ratings. Lastly, aspects like fit should be considered independently. Sticking with conservative styling is important. Therefore most of these will be cap toes, oxfords, and loafers. The brands are Johnson and Murphy, Allen Edmond's, and Cole Haan.

Cole Haan Shoes

  • Style: Men's Pinch Grand Penny Loafer
  • Price: 170.00
  • Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (74 reviews)
  • Complaints and considerations: Poor quality sole.

Johnston and Murphy Shoes

  • Style: Melton Cap Toe
  • Price: 179.00
  • Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (412 reviews)
  • Complaints and considerations: Needs to be broken in. Slightly more difficult entry and exit.

Allen Edmond's Shoes

  • Style: Cap Toe Oxfords
  • Price: 425.00
  • Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (1,039 reviews)
  • Complaints and considerations: Runs slightly larger but more narrow

These are some basic suggestions of "entry level" shoes that will get you through the work day. They are budget friendly and reasonably fashionable.

Here are some more helpful tips buying shoes from top rated user @energyHOU, a sales and trading analyst.

  • Stick with functionality and versatility.
  • Avoid buying a shoe online if you don't know how it fits.
  • If possible stick with all leather construction this includes the upper, lining, and outsole.
  • Have the soles redone every two years or so

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Comments (219)

Jul 21, 2018

You could get a lot of collections from Ebay. checkout with that.

Jul 21, 2018

Might catch some flak for this, but I just went to Men's Wearhouse and let them steer me in the right direction. My shoes weren't much above $100.

Jul 21, 2018

I second the Cole Haan and Allon Edmonds options. Not sure if there is one around you, but there is a Nordstrom Rack by me and I have been able to find brand new Allen Edmonds for about $175. Other than that, Cole Haan's are a great option. Quality shoe, I'm wearing a pair of wing tips now.

Jul 21, 2018

Thanks again for the comments. I'll swing by Nordstrom this next weekend and check their selection out otherwise I am going for those Cole Haan cap toes.

Jul 21, 2018

If you are a 9.5 E, I have a brand new pair of Allen Edmonds Lexingtons, that I want sell.PM if interested

Jul 21, 2018

I picked up some Gucci horsebits on ebay for $175. Definitely buy used and get 'em shined like new.

Jul 21, 2018

I have a pair of used black Gucci horsebits in 9D I got from my uncle that I'll sell anyone for $100. Thought maybe I could cram in, but no dice.

Jul 21, 2018

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