I feel that since I currently, and let me emphasize currently, work in the shoe business that I have an obligation to educate the public on what kind of shoes to wear and more importantly, what kind of shoes to avoid at all costs. Let me first start by saying this: if you are going to spend a substantial amount of money on one thing in your wardrobe, it should be a good pair of shoes. That said, let me get to the real purpose of this post. Guys, never ever buy chunky, square toe dress shoes. I’m not talking about blunt toe, run-off toe, etc. I’m talking about the ridiculous square toe shoes that were popular from 2004-2007. You know, the ones that nearly every 20-something year old guy had coming out of high school and in college. I blame this mainly on two things. Lack of education and . One is excusable to a certain degree, and the other is not. I’ll let you decide which is excusable. Well now since you are educated on the fact that square toe shoes are not cool and actually never were cool, go out and buy a pair of classic shoes. And if you do have a pair of square toe shoes, please do NOT keep them! Get rid of them. I don’t mean give them away. I mean burn them, blow them up, drowned them, or any other creative way you can think of to destroy them. Just don’t subject us to them anymore! Please don’t take this post the wrong way if you have square toe shoes for one of the two reasons discussed above. Just do something about it. It is never too late until you are buried in them.
Places to find a good pair of shoes:
1. Johnston and Murphy
-but don’t be fooled by the reputation. They have some shoes that you don’t need to ever be seen in. They do still have some classics and Italians that are reasonably priced ($150-395).
2. Cole Haan
-great dress casual loafers. Not a great selection of dress shoes. ($150-400)
3. Allen Edmonds
-Made in the USA. Classic looks. Good quality. ($175-450)
4. Ferragamo, Gucci, Tods, Prada
-Handcrafted Italian shoes and loafers. Most fashionable and highest quality leathers. Comfort varies from brand to brand and shoe to shoe. Ferragamo is my personal favorite brand to wear. These brands can be found at Saks, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, freestanding stores, and online. ($350+)