Anyone else have a really hard time finding mens dress shoes?

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  1. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Ok, I've been searching for a WEEK now for descent looking mens dress shoes that are simply black with a little bit of shine. You think that wouldn't be hard but its impossible.

    The styles are either ancient (the tassled penny loafers), just plain ugly (the kind with the super pointy toes that look like leprechaun shoes) or have that "wild west" look to them with the weird pattern of leather.

    I did manage to find ONE pair that were perfect, except they were cheap and gave me blisters in literally 30 seconds of walking in them. Needless to say they sadly had to go back :(

    Anyone else have this much trouble? I've been to 9 different shoe stores (thats all we have here). You'd think a plain black dress shoe would be easy to find.

    Also I don't know if its just me but mens dress shoes seem engineered for discomfort. I've never had a comfortable pair in my life.
     
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  3. chrono1081 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yes but its hard to shoe shop online since dress shoe sizes vary greatly. Also I need them in a pinch :/

    I finally ended up finding a pair of plain black dress shoes at Kohls. I'm so pumped!

    The brand is....Nunn Bush *snicker* and they get the job done.

    Maybe regular dress shoes are just hard to find in my area. All my friends and co-workers complain about the same thing.
     
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    Just to add Steve Maddens are reasonable and I've had a pair last almost 6 years (still going) and extremely comfortable.
     
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    I have like $150 gift card to banana republic, which includes piper lime and like all there other online stores. Well i can find no dress shoes in a wide foot, even though i can go up a size and there is a 50/50 chance it will fit id rather not. Why is there no wide foot size shoes!
     
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    I find the selection at Nordstrom to be good.
     
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    Hmm never heard of those. I'll have to give them a look.

    We dont have any of those stores where I live :/ I also know what you mean about no wide foot! Sometimes I need them, sometimes I don't and when I need them they're unavailable.

    We don't have those stores here either :( I never even heard of Rockport but I'll give them a look as well.

    We don't have any of those here either but I'm willing to travel!
     
  9. ejb190 macrumors 65816

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    I can't buy shoes unless I try them on. I wear orthotics which raise my heal so a lot of shoes are not deep enough in the back to keep my heel from slipping. Dress shoes are the worst for me. I have a pair of brown leather shoes which are falling apart, but I can't be bothered to go try on 20-30 pairs at 7 different stores to find something that fits. I am so lucky that Timberland still makes the work boots I have worn for the last 6 years. I'm on my fourth pair!
     
  10. mgguy macrumors 6502

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    I have a pair of Cole Haun dress shoes that are comfortable. Also two pairs of Kenneth Cole shoes. The latter have more squared toes and hence are more comfortable. Both brands offer great support and provide a feeling of being well balanced when standing. If you are getting blisters, your shoes may be too big. Though, any shoe will take a while to get used to and form to fit your feet before they are really comfortable.
     
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    Payless $20 and you won't be able to tell the difference from that $100 pair from Nordstrom.
     
  12. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I own these, and I find them quite confortable as far as dress shoes go.
     
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    Agreed. I usually go to Nordstrom Rack. They have up to size 18 for us large folk.
     
  15. pooryou macrumors 65816

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    Allen Edmonds, try the fifth avenue or park avenue depending on preference.

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    Agreed. Those are classic or clean and simple styles. Allen Edmonds are pricey upfront, but when you consider how long they last - 10 years or longer with simple care - they are a pretty good value. The key is to keep some wax/polish on them, use shoe trees (also keeps them smelling fresh), and never wear them 2 days in a row if you can help it. I just alternate my black and brown shoes each day.

    Not to mention, even if you could get 3 pairs of $100 shoes to last as long as 1 pair of $300 shoes, they still wouldn't be near as comfortable as the $300 pair or look as good/well made. Shoes are one of those things where you get what you pay for. My .02
     
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    OP, where do you live that you don't have access to some of these stores?

    In terms of brand, I find Mephistos to be extremely comfortable.
     
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    pandora, they only go barefoot or use combat boots.
     

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