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Old 06-02-2014, 12:55 AM   #1
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Default Most comfortable dress shoes? Must be skywaffles/kgb-approved.

I need some recommendations. I'm doing more and more work that requires me to be dressed all fancy, and my old pair of Ecco's are...old. And kinda boring.

Requirements:

1. Under $200, the cheaper the better. I would really put "under $100" if I thought it was realistic.

2. Must look bomb-ass-dope-tastic-sauce. If sky or kgb doesn't like them, out they go.

3. The more comfortable the better. Seriously. No linoleum slabs, please. I'll be spending long periods of time in them, and my feet are beat the hell up from a 15-year career of foot-punishment. I want to walk on unicorn farts.

Yes, I searched. Last posts are from 2008. Ain't nobody got time for that.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:17 AM   #2
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Something with a Nike sole has been awesome. I've had some Cole haan's like that, that were great.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:25 AM   #3
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Ecco. /thread
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:31 AM   #4
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Ecco. /thread
Yeah, the more I poke around, the more I keep seeing statements like that. But most of their stuff is pretty basic. Classic, but conservative. I'd kinda like something a little more interesting. Luckily, my dress code just needs to be dressy, not classic/formal. I can get away with being a bit of a fashionista (which would be a first for me).
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:36 AM   #5
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Rockports with Adiprene insoles are comfortable. I also have a pair of Bostonians that are cushy. Never found a pair of Eccos that fit right.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:51 AM   #6
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I don't see as you have much choice.

Either of these two:

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Old 06-02-2014, 02:09 AM   #7
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Rockports with Adiprene insoles are comfortable. I also have a pair of Bostonians that are cushy. Never found a pair of Eccos that fit right.
Thank you for this! I may have just found my shoes because of your recommendation:

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Old 06-02-2014, 02:22 AM   #8
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Thank you for this! I may have just found my shoes because of your recommendation:

How is that any different looking than the Ecco Atlanta?
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:17 AM   #9
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full leather uppers and lower or bust. Any of these fancy gimmick rubber soles (cole haan being an exception for a few) are not going to work well long term.
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:42 AM   #10
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I've been out of the dress shoes market for awhile...does Dr. Martens still make good stuff?
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:55 AM   #11
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I've been out of the dress shoes market for awhile...does Dr. Martens still make good stuff?
not if you want to be taken seriously when it comes to dress shoes.
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:58 AM   #12
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Penny loafers






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Old 06-02-2014, 07:24 AM   #13
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Do you even Allen Edmonds? Wait for a seconds sale and you might be able to score one for around $200.




Or look at Johnston & Murphy if you can't stretch budget.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:11 AM   #14
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http://www.shoebank.com/ Seconds from Allen Edmonds. They are the go to dress shoe brand. Made in America. You can also find used on eBay in great shape too. Most of them are Goodyear welted so your local cobbler can repair them or you can send them to Allen Edmonds for a refresh.

if you get shoes worth a damn, take care of them. Cedar split toe shoe trees greatly slow them looking like butt and you'll need some Totes overshoes from eBay to protect them from rain as water kills the natural leather sole.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:19 AM   #15
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http://www.shoebank.com/ Seconds from Allen Edmonds. They are the go to dress shoe brand. Made in America. You can also find used on eBay in great shape too. Most of them are Goodyear welted so your local cobbler can repair them or you can send them to Allen Edmonds for a refresh.

if you get shoes worth a damn, take care of them. Cedar split toe shoe trees greatly slow them looking like butt and you'll need some Totes overshoes from eBay to protect them from rain as water kills the natural leather sole.
oh my... i didn't know this existed. goodbye last bit of closet space.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:29 AM   #16
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I've settled on a couple pairs of Clarks because a) they fit my foot well b) they're comfortable c) they can dress up or dress down. "Un.Sheridan" - I have one pair in brown and one in black. I've got Johnston & Murphys, Bruno Magli's, etc but these are my daily "beaters" for work

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I've settled on a couple pairs of Clarks because a) they fit my foot well b) they're comfortable c) they can dress up or dress down. "Un.Sheridan" - I have one pair in brown and one in black. I've got Johnston & Murphys, Bruno Magli's, etc but these are my daily "beaters" for work


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not if you want to be taken seriously when it comes to dress shoes.
I'm wondering what line of work I'd be in if my shoes were important to my work image.

stripper? sure.
lumberjack? probably.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:06 AM   #20
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Clearly OP has never seen a photo of KGB. If he had, he would know he has no sense of fashion.
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Kill yourself if you get wing tipped dress shoes.

+1 to Cole Haan.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:39 AM   #22
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look this is our ugly shoes thread.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:42 AM   #23
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Do you even Allen Edmonds? Wait for a seconds sale and you might be able to score one for around $200.




Or look at Johnston & Murphy if you can't stretch budget.
These, last forever as well. I wear J&M boots on the daily to work, they are damn comfortable. But their dress shoes are amazing as well, I have two pairs.
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Kill yourself if you get wing tipped dress shoes.

+1 to Cole Haan.
There is nothing wrong with wing tips. I don't prefer them but that's just out of preference.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:32 AM   #25
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Do you even Allen Edmonds? Wait for a seconds sale and you might be able to score one for around $200.




Or look at Johnston & Murphy if you can't stretch budget.

Pretty much what i was going to say. I love my AE's - just be sure to stick with their all leather shoe... Not a fan of their rubber soled versions (not as comfortable + heavier. Some people love them though - YMMV)

Johnston & Murphy have very nice durability and i've found them to be a better choice if you want/need rubber soles.

Would also add my suggestion for any of the full grain rockports. You'll wear through a set of rockports quicker than the other 2, but with full grains you can have them resoled. Avoid the top grain rockports - while top grain in other brands is usually good - in rockports, they are thin and tend to deform the toe-box easily, and overall just look ratty after a short period of time.


Just a note about AE's - if you use your local cobbler to resole or anything but very minor repair - AE will never service them for you. I've found the AE refreshes to be absolutely excellent - They rebuild them using the original lasts (which the local guy is not likely to have a perfect match for) and re-sand/finish the surfaces as well (unless you ask them not to, to keep patina). When you get them back, it's really like a new shoe.

Also - do yourself a favor if you have never had one, or haven't been sized recently.. Get a proper sizing. The guy at footlocker measuring for kicks doesn't count. You might have been wearing a 10D your whole life with off the shelf shoes from a department store, but when it turns out that you're really a 9.5EE, and you're dealing with "better" brands - you'll be able to pick shoes based on the last (the mold, basically) they were produced on, and you'll notice little nagging pains that you weren't even aware of are now gone. I'll avoid certain AE shoes now, because their last isn't compatible with my foot shape.

Oh and the last bit of advice I can give (though this tends to be a hot debate lol) - all cotton socks.. no nylon blend. Added with a decent foot powder or spray deodorant as part of your morning routine - your shoes won't smell as much and your feet won't be slimy. All comfort goes out the window if you've got clammy feet.

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