Saturday, June 30, 2012

Affordable Essentials - Dress Shoes

It's all about the Brannock, baby. Of course, I'm referring to the Brannock Device, that odd chunk of metal you'll find at any shoe retailer. This is where your shoe shopping experience begins. Just as it goes for clothing, most guys never wear the correct shoe size throughout life. So...

Go somewhere to figure out your shoe size.
Leave that somewhere and visit every thrift shop in town.
But first, watch this excellent video from Put This On.
And remember
  • Allen Edmonds and Alden are the gold standard of American dress shoes today
  • Older Florsheim, Johnston & Murphy, and Bostonian are solid if made in America
    • also Italy and England
  •  Avoid shoes with ripped leather, as there's no way to fix this
    • However, shoes can always be resoled, polished, and given new laces

Put This On, Episode 2: Shoes from Put This On on Vimeo.

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