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Old 07-11-2010, 06:19 PM
 
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What tier?

1. uber low end: discount store synthetic sole dress shoe
2. low end: Cole Haan, Bostonian, Rockport, Florsheim, Kenneth Cole
3. mid level: Allen Edmonds, Bally, Ferragamo, Magli, TBNY, J&M
4. upper mid level: Santoni, C&J, Mantellassi, Martegani
5. upper end: Edward Green, Silvestro, Bestetti
6. high end: John Lobb, Dama Milano

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Old 07-11-2010, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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I buy Bostonian. I never realized they were low end....

Honestly, I beat up my dress shoes with a lot of walking every day since I use public transportation, and I just refuse to spend a ton of money on those things. In any case, they look good enough to wear with a nice suit, so I don't see a problem.

I don't like dress shoes anyway. I much prefer running shoes and other casual type shoes.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:56 PM
 
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My dad was really into Wallstreet fashion so he got me into John Lobb, which is what I wear typically. On an odd note, I have a pair of Bostonians that I wear with some of my higher end suits for special occasions.
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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What tier?

1. uber low end: discount store synthetic sole dress shoe
2. low end: Cole Haan, Bostonian, Rockport, Florsheim, Kenneth Cole
3. mid level: Allen Edmonds, Bally, Ferragamo, Magli, TBNY, J&M
4. upper mid level: Santoni, C&J, Mantellassi, Martegani
5. upper end: Edward Green, Silvestro, Bestetti
6. high end: John Lobb, Dama Milano
I have no idea what these shoe brands are since I don't waste money on fashion. All my shoes and boots are from "Redwing" of Redwing, Minn. the American boot/shoe maker.
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Old 07-11-2010, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Wildside of Oahu
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I would say Johnston & Murphy and Cole Haan are about the same quality. Both primarily made in Mexico.
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Old 07-11-2010, 11:49 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Uber low end. I wear them to the interview and throw them into the back of the closet.

What a ridiculous way to judge someone's ability.
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:19 AM
 
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i've got 3 pairs of Allen Edmonds, a Ferragamo & a Bruno Magli. I don't even know where in California you can buy the higher end designer shoes like Mantellassi or John Lobb. Are they sold at Neiman's? They probably cost in the 4 figures and for that price they better be custom-fit!!
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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I wear Skechers dress shoes, which would probably qualify as uber low end on your scale. Although I have to dress really nice for work, i have to visit a lot of projects and these shoes take the abuse really well. Plus if i ruin them, I'm not out that much money
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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Birkenstocks for play.

Redwings for work. I laugh at the investment bankers I show around the work site every month for their progress reports. Their pretty little shoes getting all messed up.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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BF wears your "level one" for work. Your "level two" for weddings, etc. We don't go for all that other BS. We're Midwesterners.
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