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Old 03-31-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I am looking for a pair of dress shoes to go with a new suit (Navy and charcoal gray...the basics). I have some interviews and a wedding coming up. My current pair are a nice Kenneth Cole from 8 years ago (still in good shape) but not sure those are considered 'current', and I want to make a good impression. I'm 40, white and am a professional in the Oil industry. Suggestions on brands or stores to check? Help!
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:43 PM
 
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go take a look at the models made by Allen Edmonds. They're not as sleek & high-end as those from some of the British or Italian cobblers but they're good quality & affordable. The best is to actually go & try out a few pairs at one of their company stores (Dallas or Plano), but then order by PHONE from their Wisconsin outlet : Store Detail

They sell seconds but the blemishes are imperceptible. I've bought 3 pairs from them & they look near perfect.

Oh, another American brand that's been around for quite some time is Alden. Their designs seem more clunky & traditional but my boss swears by them and they were a favorite of my grandfather. You can find retail outlets here : Alden
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:43 PM
 
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Neiman Marcus
2600 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX

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Old 03-31-2011, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
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Whatever they sell at Neiman's is the way to go.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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I am looking for a pair of dress shoes to go with a new suit (Navy and charcoal gray...the basics). I have some interviews and a wedding coming up. My current pair are a nice Kenneth Cole from 8 years ago (still in good shape) but not sure those are considered 'current', and I want to make a good impression. I'm 40, white and am a professional in the Oil industry. Suggestions on brands or stores to check? Help!
As the others have said, just go to Neiman Marcus or Nordsrom and pick out some shoes that you like. We guys dont really care about what brand shoes. Just pick out something that you like and are comfortable.

You cannot go wrong with Kenneth Cole or Bruno Magli though.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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The gold standard for a conservative men's dress shoe is the Allen-Edmonds Park Avenue.
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I've never met a guy who I liked who knew about or cared about dress shoe brands.

Go with what looks nice. If your shoes are classically styled, they won't get dated.
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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If your dress shoes are still in good shape, what do you need new ones for?
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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If they've gotten a lot of wear, he may need new ones.

The last pair I bought were cheap black shoes with laces, that I could wear for either job (as long as I didn't get paint on them). I needed them more for my primary job than for the office work, so I got a pair that was serviceable for both.

I also have a pair of slip-ons I bought years back that don't get a lot of wear for days when I don't work at both jobs (mostly Sunday). Same thing, classic black, goes with everything.

The only "brand" I've heard of in men's dress shoes is Cole Haan. I usually prefer to wear short boots any other time. Which reminds me, I've seen a style in the work boots area that was called Executive or something like that, which is styled more like a dress shoe, but is serviceable as a work shoe, with the steel toe and oil resistance. You might look into that.
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: CasaMo
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I've never met a guy who I liked who knew about or cared about dress shoe brands.

Go with what looks nice. If your shoes are classically styled, they won't get dated.
^This. And keep the shoes clean and shined and you should be okay.
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