Hi ! I'm a big fan of your site and it has been an inspiring source of styles for years now. I just moved to NYC, and though I'm familiar with good and affordable shoe brands in Europe, I cannot seem to find any here... What would you recommend for quality good-year welted leather dress shoes for 300 $ ? I would like to try them on too before buying. Thanks in advance, have a great day !
For that price range, I would check out Allen Edmonds. Find a store nearby and try on the styles you’re interested in, and then once you find your sizing, look around online - they are often on sale and the popular models should fall well within your price range. You can also look at the J. Crew shoes for a relative bargain on machine made goodyear shoes.
Have you tried Left Shoe’s New York pop-up in Chelsea to experience its unique measurement process where a robotic camera takes a 360-degree, 3D scan of your feet? Wouldn't it be nice to take your "prescription" to any shoemaker like one does glasses?
I’ve seen Left Shoe before, but I haven’t heard about the Pop up. Definitely sounds like a cool concept and I’d love to hear some feedback on how it works. Would be nice to have a scan of your foot surely, but there is also something to be said for the hand-measuring process performed by a bespoke cordwainer.
Hi Jake, love the blog. I am currently tux shopping for my wedding in February. What are your thoughts on Tom Ford and what else would you suggest at a comparable price point? Thanks!
Congratulations. Tom Ford makes a great Tuxedo, if you like his styling cues (they’re made to Zegna’s highest standards). You could also go MTM and get whatever you want, but you’d be paying a premium for his brand.
At that rather generous price point I would consider going MTM or bespoke from someone like Isaia, La Vera Sartoria Napoletana, or Attolini.
I own a beautiful Oris and a couple military/diver style beaters. I’m a big fan of vintage watches and would love an older Breguet some day. In the shorter term, a vintage Tudor flake would probably do.