Best shoes for men according to redditors
We found 7,853 Reddit comments discussing the best shoes for men. We ranked the 5,513 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.
1. Clarks Originals Men's Desert Boot
Stabilizing suede lined heel counterPlatform measures approximately 0.5 inchHeel measures approximately 1 inch
2. Thorogood Men's American Heritage 6" Moc Toe, MAXwear Wedge Non-Safety Toe Boot
Polyurethane MAXwear Wedge soleAnkle-length work boot with handsome moccasin toe and cushioning wedge soleSlip- and oil-resistant outsole, Tobacco Gladiator Oil-Tanned Leather. Cotton drill vamp liningRugged metal eyelet and clamshell lacing , Rubber Midsole, Composite Shank, Soft ToeInsole - Remova...
3. Red Wing Men's Iron Ranger 6" Boot
The product is natural leather and its easy for scuffs to happen but they rub out.This can be removed by a soft dry cloth and lightly buffed out the scuffs. The shoe has a steel shankMany customers buy Red Wing Heritage footwear 1/2 size smaller than their normal size. Goodyear welt construction, tr...
4. Chippewa Apache Lace-Up Boot
Plain-toe ankle boot featuring debossed outstep logo.Debossed Logo May include Brand Name. .
5. Clarks mens Desert Chukka Boot, Beeswax, 10 US
ImportedCrepe soleStabilizing suede-lined heel counterPlatform measures approximately 0.5"Heel measures approximately 1"
6. G.H. Bass & Co. Men's Buckingham Oxford
Classic lace-up style featuring plain toe and subtle piping around collar and through lace
7. Clarks Men's Bushacre 2, Beeswax,10 M US
The finish or polish on these boots show marks which are not scratches.Cushioned insole Synthetic lining
8. Clarks mens Desert Chukka Boot, Beeswax, 9 US
ImportedCrepe soleStabilizing suede-lined heel counterPlatform measures approximately 0.5"Heel measures approximately 1"
9. Thorogood Men's 814-4200 American Heritage 6" Moc Toe, MAXwear Wedge Non-Safety Toe Boot, Tobacco Oil-Tanned - 10.5 D US
Polyurethane MAXwear Wedge soleAnkle-length work boot with handsome moccasin toe and cushioning wedge soleSlip- and oil-resistant outsole, Tobacco Gladiator Oil-Tanned Leather. Cotton drill vamp liningRugged metal eyelet and clamshell lacing , Rubber Midsole, Composite Shank, Soft ToeInsole - Remova...
10. Thorogood Men's 814-4200 American Heritage 6" Moc Toe, MAXwear Wedge Non-Safety Toe Boot, Tobacco Oil-Tanned - 10 D US
Polyurethane MAXwear Wedge soleAnkle-length work boot with handsome moccasin toe and cushioning wedge soleSlip- and oil-resistant outsole, Tobacco Gladiator Oil-Tanned Leather. Cotton drill vamp liningRugged metal eyelet and clamshell lacing , Rubber Midsole, Composite Shank, Soft ToeInsole - Remova...
11. G.H. Bass & Co. Men's Pasadena Oxford
Classic lace-up oxford with tonal stitching and slightly contrasting midsole
12. Bass Men's Buckingham Classic Buc
Timeless casual oxford with contrast stitched seamsFlexible sole
13. Clarks mens Desert Chukka Boot, Beeswax, 10.5 US
ImportedCrepe soleStabilizing suede-lined heel counterPlatform measures approximately 0.5"Heel measures approximately 1"
14. Chippewa Men's 20080 Boot,Chocolate Apache,10. D US
Plain-toe ankle boot featuring debossed outstep logo.Debossed Logo May include Brand Name.
15. G.H. Bass & Co. Men's Brockton Oxford
Smooth, suede oxford trimmed in leather pipingFlexible, non-marking outsoleGoodyear welt construction
16. Red Wing Heritage Men's Beckman Round 6" Boot
Plain-toe ankle boot featuring waxed leather finish and contrast stitching,Many customers buy Red Wing Heritage footwear 1/2 size smaller than their normal sizeTopline pipingLug outsole. Care instructions - Use warm water and a soft bristle brush to remove stuck-on dirt. Then use a clean, dry cloth ...
17. Chippewa Men's 6" 20067 Lace Up Boot
Plain-toe ankle boot featuring debossed outstep logo and American flag hardware accent at lacesRemovable cushioned insertDrill vamp lining
18. Red Wing Heritage Men's Work Chukka
Three-eyelet chukka with lightweight comfort; Hardware:Nickel EyeletsAtlas tred sole. Care-use warm water and a soft bristle brush to remove stuck-on dirtTrying on Red Wing Heritage footwear in a store is recommended to get the perfect fit
19. Chippewa Men's 6" Steel Toe EH 20066 Lace-Up Boot
Steel-toe ankle boot featuring debossed outstep logo and American flag hardware accent at lacesRemovable cushioned insertVibram lug outsole
20. Johnston & Murphy Men's Melton Cap Toe Shoe
Goodyear welt construction allows leather to mold to the foot shape over time to create custom fitFully leather lined insole is perforated to allow moisture dispersion and added breathabilityCork heel fillerPORON foam cushioned forepart and insole,Trampoline cushioning system.The tongue is stitched ...
If you guys are getting tired of these, let me know. Not trying to spam MFA with my shit
Jacket: Orvis Heritage Field Coat (Alternative) (Alternative 2)
Sweater: Sunspel Fine Merino V-Neck Jumper
T-Shirt: APC Embroidered Shirt
Pants: Rogue Territory Skinny 12.5 oz
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic
Watch: Timex for J. Crew 1600 Watch
Shoes: Neil M Cambridge Oxford Shoe
Jacket: American Eagle Field Jacket
Sweater: Uniqlo Lambswool Blend V-Neck Sweater in Navy
T-Shirt: H&M Stretch T-Shirt
Pants: Levi's 511 in Rigid Dragon
Sunglasses: Target Merona Sunglasses
Watch: Timex Weekender w/ Brown Leather Strap
Shoes: White GH Bass & Co Pasadena Oxford
Gap's "Basic Bastard 2017":
Total: $171 USD with free shipping.
Total w/ shoes: $271 USD.
Congrats! Although, for the record, "come back after you lose some weight" isn't very common advice in MFA.
As far as starting from scratch, the Basic Wardrobe guide in the sidebar is a great start, but you'll want to think about what works best in your climate, for your age, and for your job/school. It's a inoffensive baseline to help you be well-dressed while you learn and develop your own style. The incredibly abbreviated version is straight/slim-leg jeans in a dark, nondristressed wash, vneck tshirts, Oxford cloth button-up shirts with button-down collar points (aka ocbds), simple canvas sneakers in neutral colors like white or gray, and brown leather shoes or boots in classic styles.
Edit: More details for a basic wardrobe on a budget. I'm going to focus on things you can try on in person, since I think that's critical when you're starting from scratch.
You can pick up all of this stuff for $300-400, which isn't a bad investment for looking good.
2nd Edit: I just saw in another comment that you wear size 15 shoes, so mall stores may not work out for you after all. I put this guide to large-sized footwear together a few weeks ago, and you can see that most of the shoes I recommended above are available online in your size.
2 Lands End OCBDs (One white, one Blue ~$40 each (on sale) $80
2 Lands End Gingham or Plaid shirts ~$40 each ~$80
2 Lands End Tailored Fit Chinos (1 in light beige, one in khaki ~$40/each (on sale)) ~$80
1 pair Clarks Desert Boots in Beeswax ~$70
1 Navy Surplus Pea coat ~$40 at a Navy Surplus store
3 crew-neck Sweaters (different colors @ ~$50/each) ~$150
Levis 514s, dark wash or raw ~$50
LL Bean blutcher moc (not as ubiquitous as Sperry's) ~$70
Bean boots (For winter or snow) ~$90
Timex Easy Reader ~$25
Allen Edmonds Park Ave. (in brown) ~$200
That leaves you $75. Go to Target and buy plain short and long sleeve tee's from the Merona line and a few pairs of nice Merona socks.
That will be a very simple wardrobe that can be dressed up or down and should cover all of the basics that a 20 year old needs. The next pickups will be a blazer, more shirts, and more sweaters for variety. Remember that fit is everything; if you are slim, get the LE tailored fit, or take them to a tailor.
I just got Chipewa Apaches with big ole Vibram soles.
They're super sturdy, seem fairly weather resistant and look great. I bought some wax too, which is helping more with the weather.
Managed to get them at a reduced price and couldn't be happier. Hope yo make them last several years through resoling and upkeep.
If anyone finds Cheaper locations for these items or if I linked to the wrong product, let me know and I'll change it.
Per the wonderful suggestion via /u/barshat, an itemized list.
Left to Right, Top to Bottom
And because the CDBs were so controversial, here's a version that will make you guys feel better.
Sure! Obviously everyone has their own tastes, so some people may disagree, but here are some classic "must-haves".
Converse Chuck Taylors
Clark's Desert Boots
JCPenney Stafford Wingtips (more formal)
Those are pretty much the standards they will recommend to you over at /r/malefashionadvice. Check out that sub for a thousand more recommendations!
A good computer bag.
Not even joking. It's the one thing I always have with me when on campus.
After that, this is going to sound cliche, but take a look at the MFA uniform and draw inspiration from there. Some Clarks Desert Boots, a good fitting pair of dark wash jeans, and an Oxford cloth button down look great together, and are a great place to start. You'll probably want to look more towards fall/winter styles than spring/summer styles though (unless you live somewhere that is hot in the winter).
Unfortunately it is hard to give specific advice without knowing where you're starting at, but remember that fit is king. There is nothing more important in the world of fashion than making sure that your clothing fits properly, and definitely check out the sidebar (over on the right).
edit: Oh, and if you're in a business program, make sure you have business casual or a suit ready (if not both). You'll need them for presentations and events.
Chicago? Son if you're in Chicago and walking to classes, you may require something a bit more substantial than Vans to trudge through snow. You could go with [Bean boots](
http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/506697?page=llbean-boots), which have quite a polarizing aesthetic, or the Chippewa Apache. For those, I might wait until Black Friday to cop.
In addition to that, with the snow and such, thick wool socks would certainly be another recommendation. Smartwool is a good brand, but if you're looking for something a bit more frugal, Kirkland's wool trail socks from Costco are excellent as well.
On another note, you could certainly rock CDB's if you wanted to, however if you don't believe you would be able to work them into multiple outfits, then no need to get them.
I am afraid I am not much help on the other things however, I'm only decent at surviving Chicago winter.
EDIT: Bean Boots are cheaper than Apaches, sorry looked at the $235 version
I've been living with only the contents of my 46 liter Osprey and a single plastic tub of clothing for about six months now. I could do without the tub of clothing easily (and have for weeks at a time while traveling), just more convenient to not have to do laundry every 4 days and also get fresh clean clothes every day.
My recommendation is to break up with a long term partner and let her keep everything. I never wanted all that stuff to begin with and it's awesome to own so little. I could be ready (and have been) for an international 4 week flight in less than 30 minutes.
Contents are pretty basic.
Clothes/jackets all packed in packing cubes. Makes it much easier to get what you want without tearing your bag apart. Toiletries in their own toiletry bag.
The shorts and underwear can be hand washed very quickly and dry within 20 minutes. I can dress up nice enough for anything except formal weddings or funerals.
Oh, and some wool socks. One long pair for boots and pants, a few very short (no show) pairs for shorts and loafers.
Only thing I would change is making the khakis and shirts wool. But that shit is expensive. And reduce number of shirts to two or three since drying wool shirts is much faster than cotton and don't get smelly after a single day.
One more thing that is probably my favorite is a travel backpack that can stuff into a small pouch. I use it constantly and it's super small and light. I have the Amazon Basics one.
The tub of extra clothing just has a lot of extra socks (all the same pair so no hunting and matching needed), extra underwear (all ex officio), jeans (which I don't travel with but will wear at home, again multiple pairs of the exact same brand/style/size), extra grey v-neck tshirts (I own about a dozen of the same shirt, but only travel with about 4 or 5), and more dress shirts so I can look nice on a day-to-day basis. I care less about looking "nice" when traveling which is why I only take one. Tub also has several extra workout shorts and shirts, again all the same brand/style.
My dress shirts are the only thing I own that has variation. They're all the same brand and fit, just different colors/patterns.
Things I carry on myself: phone, gum, wallet, keys. Wallet is only driver's license, debit and credit card, folded up blank check, a single business card, and about $100 cash. I use a binder clip to keep it together because even the slimmest wallets more than double the bulk. Key chain has 3 keys and and a utilikey but nothing else. Very handy having a knife that makes it through TSA, in addition to a screwdriver and bottle opener.
Total: $171 USD with free shipping.
Total w/ shoes: $271 USD.
try these: http://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Originals-Mens-Desert-Boot/dp/B0007MCUTK
I disagree about graphic t-shirts, band t-shirts, and cargo shorts. Your beef with cargo shorts probably arises from everybody in the fucking world wearing them, so they're a bit overused, and sometimes too baggy. I'd say don't wear only cargo shorts, and don't wear them with the camo pattern.
Graphic tees are way to versatile to say, don't wear them! Lol, no one is wearing graphic tees to try and look badass (but don't wear skulls on your shirts for the love of god). 19, 20 is not to old to wear graphic tees. But there is a range. If it looks like someone threw up on your shirt, then no, don't wear that. However, there's nothing wrong with liking a band and wearing a shirt by them I think. The ones I don't like are the black background rock ones with 90% of the front taken up with some graphic and ones that have tour dates on them.
also this is a fucking awesome shirt, but I wouldn't recommend wearing it.
This however is better.
Funny t-shirts can come off as lame, but if you like it, then get it, wear it. Today I saw a kid in this as a t-shirt. I would not recommend that. This is alright, still not the coolest thing, but it can make you happy to wear it, and other to see it, so why not.
Not sure what is wrong with pac-sun, they have good shorts that fit this guys specifications, and some other good stuff. Just don't get the Volcom/Element label stuff, especially if it looks like someone threw up on it.
Don't wear too skinny jeans if you have no leg muscle.
He suggests wearing these and I've got to disagree. He's far off on the shoes in general. I think I have a better feel for you, and wearing dress shoes around is probably not your style. Get some sandals that aren't super cheap. I don't see anything wrong with New Balance, I'm sure the guy I'm replying too will, but only people who are really into shoes are going to look down on people who are wearing New Balance or the like. Just get something simple that isn't 20 different colors and patterns.
V-necks WILL make you look like a douchebag, the not so dipped collar, just a little bit to some people, and never, ever, ever the super low V-necks
Bass Brocktons are recommended quite a bit as a cheap, good looking suede shoe. If you have the money, however, go with the Buckingham.
GREAT boots, but beware: The color is not exactly as pictured. See my patina album, and on Amazon.
The boots you linked aren't that bad looking. Here would be another good option in your price range.
Henchman On The Left
Levi's Khaki 511
Clark's Desert Boots in Olive
Hager Classic Commando Watch
Lakehouse Leathers Watch Strap from redditor /u/lakehouseleathers who posts codes on here quite a bit
Clark's Desert Boots are a casual low profile boot. They're kind of popular here.
Not exactly them, but pretty damn close--just swap laces:
Robert Wayne Desert Blake Boot in grey suede, or, Clarks Original Desert Boot in distressed grey. I have a pair of Robert Waynes and they are incredibly comfortable, purchased at a retailer in the mall for $25 USD, on sale. Incredible value.
or search 'Desert Boot' in grey.
Chippewa makes some nice boots. I only have the non steel toe version with lugged soles, but I've beat the crap out of them and they're still going strong.
I use these for work and they are a little bulky, but they are really comfortable and the aluminum toe makes them real light.
I would not wear dress shoes in high school. Although if you like that style of shoes. Check out Bass Bucks. These are more causal but defiantly will stand out in a good way. Also Mocs or Boat shoes would be a good option.
These fit the bill.
Horrible. Rockport leather is notoriously bad.
Just get Clark's Desert Boots.
They are cheaper to boot (heh). They will look better and the leather will be better.
Get them in beeswax leather to fill a similar role that your shoes would fill.
Hoping to pick up these Red Wing Beckmans in the Nordstrom sale.
Clarks Desert Boots, Sperry Boat Shoes, and Vans Authentic in pretty much any basic color. Shop around on any of those you can find pretty good sales on them almost anywhere, with the exception of maybe the desert boots. 80 is the cheapest I have seen for those recently.
I feel like an asshole recommending these because it's become such an MFA cliche but Clark's Desert Boots are a pretty good transition from sneakers to shoes. They're casual but can be slightly dressed up when need be. I don't find them anywhere near as comfortable as sneakers but you could put some insoles in them. From how you described your wardrobe though any kind of dress/work boot (Red Wings Heritage, Wolverine 1000 mile, LL Bean Khatadin, Chippewas, Alden Indys) would go with what you normally wear. Those are just more pricey than Desert Boots. If you haven't already, check out the boot guide on the sidebar.
Suede bucks: Bass Buckingham
PTB: MFA seem to like PTBs on the high end. The Kenilworths used to get a lot of play around here, but they're on a very different last than Alden PTBs, much narrower.
The Leeds gets more attention on SF,
but again is constructed differently than an Alden PTB(edit: nvm, I was thinking of these PTBs). You can typically find them on the Allen Edmonds Shoebank for < $300
The shoes you've got go best with (casual or dress) shirts and chinos. You can also wear then with dark jeans (without distressing), but I think there are better shoes for jeans.
These are some shoes that I like wearing with jeans and chinos. The leather is more casual, and the shape is a little different than the derby you have.
Another option is blucher mocs.
Not sure if it helps but you can pretty much assemble the MFA uniforms:
OCBD - Uniqlo
Levi's 511s - David Jones, Just Jeans, General Pants Co. etc
Clarks Bushacres (beeswax)
Tees - Hallensteins (or Industrie if on sale)
Sweater - Uniqlo
Levi's 511 as above
Vans Authentics (True White) - eBay
OCBD - as above
Chinos (olive) - Uniqlo
Vans Authentics as above
Olive-ish jacket or parka
Blackwatch Flannel - Uniqlo (dark green)
Levi's 511 as above
Thorogoods (if you can afford it) or Clarks as above
What's the big difference between this one and Clark's Originals Desert Boot? Something about a crepe sole? It's something which I don't really like because it gets all dirty. I personally don't really love the silhouette of it, prefering this or this (in tan leather).
I'm brutal on my clothing, too. A couple things to realize here:
Some examples of shoes that will last you years:
You might be able to get away with one of these, but they're newer companies and do skimp on some finishing/construction. They're definitely a couple steps up from DSW or Kohls, though.
I've got two pairs of Allen Edmonds that I've had for about 2 years now (Strands and Fifth Aves). I picked both sets up as factory seconds directly from their Charleston, SC, store (called in, very helpful folks). Prior to that, I'd wear out a pair of dress shoes in 6 months. These both still look VERY good. I just replaced the heel pad on both pairs ($5 for the rubber pads and $5 for a huge tube of Shoe Goo on Amazon).
Edit: Allen Edmonds has factory seconds sales every couple of months. Nordstrom has a lot of the mentioned brands, and have sales on men's shoes every 6 months or so.
In-Store and Online 2014 Sale Dates
• Half-Yearly Sale for Women and Kids—starts Wednesday, May 21
• Half-Yearly Sale for Men—starts Friday, June 13
• Anniversary Sale—starts Friday, July 18 and ends Sunday, August 3
• Half-Yearly Sale for Women and Kids—starts Wednesday, November 5
• Half-Yearly Sale for Men—starts Thursday, December 25 online, and Friday, December 26 in-store
Edit 2: This site has some very good suggestions for under $200.
Those are Red Wing Chukkas.
In the future please put quick questions like this in the daily Simple Questions Thread. :)
Coming in right around ~$350
White sneakers (leather preferred, canvas optional)
Converse Chuck Taylor II low - ~$50
or adidas Stan Smith's - ~$50
Leather desert boots
Clarks Bushacre 2 - ~$50
Slim/tapered dark wash jeans
AE Extreme Flex Slim Dark Jeans - $24
Khaki and olive chinos
Target Goodfellow Slim Fit Khaki Chinos - $23
Target Goodfellow Slim Fit Olive Chinos - $23
Pair of shorts
Target Goodfellow Blue Chino Shorts - $19
White + black tees
Can grab Kirkland at $3-5 per tee, call it 10 pair total (5 black, 5 white) at $4 avg. - $40
White and light blue OCBD
White + Light Blue OCBD from UNIQLO $19.90 x2 - $39.80
Sweater of your choice color
J Crew Harbor Cotton Crewneck Sweater in Heather Grey - $24.50
Gap Black Bomber Jacket $52.99
Viola! You've got the basic bastard look for $350. Kinda crazy looking at it - over 40% of the cost is made up by the two pairs of shoes and the bomber jacket so if you're able to find deals or steals on any of those things then that would likely save you the most money.
Actually, to be fair - taxes and shipping aren't included on a lot of these purchases so that's something to be mindful of... something else to be mindful of would be that not all of these items are on sales. Sales can bring these prices, or the price of competitors similar items markedly down.
>There is no silver bullet to dressing better.
Otherwise, dynamite post.
they are currently 77.75 on amazon.
In that case the bigger boots like Iron Rangers, 1000 mile boots and Katahdins are out. But I'd still consider some chukkas or desert boots. I currently own and love the MFA standard Clarks (beeswax is probably the color you want) and these Red Wing chukkas.
Fairly similar: http://amzn.com/B001QJ69V8
Had to be my boots. Nothing special, just Chippewa Apache's, but they really work with the Americana workwear style I've been moving towards. I especially like how they look with my red laces.
This year I made a big shift in my wardrobe. I had been dressing pretty well, but this year I made an effort to decide what "my style" is, and to really make sure my wardrobe matched with that. I settled on an Americana Workwear look, that I think matches well with how people dress in central PA, where I live. I used to feel out of place, like I was dressed a little bit too New England-y.
so closer to this one?
You really should ask about the requirements before buying anything they vary widely one plant I worked at required 1/4" raised heels for example. That said I have this pair of chippewa, and this pair of thorogood. I perfer the thorogoods both are good boots though.
You need to be realistic. Outside catching a deal on eBay, you are not going to find boots in your size for less than $100. Your best bets in that range are Thorogoods (Plain toe, Moc toe, Chuka boot, and Lace-to-toe) and Chippewa (Apache GQ - brown or tan, lugged or smooth sole) on Amazon.com
Chippewas go up to size 14EE. Thorogoods go up to size 14EEEE in some styles but mostly just to 14EE. You may not need to go all the way up to size 14 or all the way up to EEEE though. Boots typically run one full size larger than you sneaker size so you may be looking for size 13E or 13EE.
My advice is to buy from Amazon.com Their prices are already low as hell, and on top of that you get free returns (which is hugely important when selecting shoes) and they are running a permanent 20% off shoes coupon.
If you Google for "Amazon shoe email" and sign up for the email you will receive a 20% off coupon good for shoes. After you sign up for this email list and receive your coupon the next step is waiting for your size to restock on Amazon. Perhaps setting a camelcamelcamel alert for your size and a high price will help alert you when they are restocked. Size E-EEEE seem to go quick when they restock, so having this alert will help.
Here is my advice: I know you only want to spend $100, but that is unrealistic. You should do what it takes to make your budget flexible up to $120 total. This opens you up to the Thorogoods and Chippewas I mentioned above. Next, go checkout these: http://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-Apache-Lace-Up-Boot/dp/B004TK2RPS and these: http://www.amazon.com/Thorogood-American-Heritage-Plain-Toe-Boot/dp/B002QQ8XB4/ref=pd_sbs_shoe_3 They are both available today in size 14EE. Order them using the 20% off coupon. You don't have to keep one or both, but this will allow you to see if size 14EE is the right size in each company's boots. If you like a pair keep them, and send the other one back. Notice the large lugged sole on the Chippewas. This will not be as versatile and will be much more casual/work-y than the smooth soled Chippewa, but those are not in stock right now in size 14EE for you to have shipped and try on. Once you have your size down you can make a better decision exactly what shoe you want and you can wait for it to come in stock and at a price you like.
Desert boots are a type of chukka boots. They look great with jeans, I recommend Clarks in beeswax. Wait for a sale though, you can find them for around $60 if you are patient.
Yeah, I'm not in love with those GBX shoes either. I really like these or these. For something that works equally well at work or afterwards, this is a good option. Or perhaps these if you're feeling adventurous?
EDIT: I forgot to mention these.
Amazon Link $89.95 with free 1-2 day shipping if you have prime comes out to same price as nordstrom after taxes.
His might be a more expensive brand / pair. But the style is pretty popular. The Clarks Dessert Boots have achieved meme status over on r/MaleFashionAdvice due to how much they were recommended as a basic style piece.
Redwings will do you good. The chunk heel seems to be the most popular for casual use. I also like Clark's desert boots, which are a similar style but not quite as boot-y. I wear mine everyday.
A: Congrats on deciding to dress more fashionably. I don't think that you should necessarily conflate this with dressing "more grown-up." Many grown-ups dress sloppily/non-fashionably/wear clothes that don't fit.
B: Good job reading the sidebar. For additional information I am a big fan of Alan Flusser's book "Dressing the Man." It focuses on what, today, is a formal wardrobe for the average man. It explains many of the "why"s of wearing items/fabrics/patterns. I also recommend the "Basic Men's Fashion" series of articles on the website fashionbeans.
C. There are a few keys to spending your money wisely. First, fit is key. Ask questions and read up in order to understand how each article of clothing should fit. Second, certain things are in or out of fashion. Pleated pants, for instance, are really out of fashion (with the possible exception of suit trousers). When in doubt, simpler is usually better when it comes to styling. Third, figure out what colors work together and what colors work for YOU. Your complexion will play a part in choosing what to wear.
D: It sounds like you may want a separate set of clothes to wear in the lab if there are really accidents as often as you say. It would just be unfortunate to buy some nice clothes and ruin them the first week.
E: The shoes are rather unfashionable. Some would even say "ugly." Ideally, shoes should be shaped to fit your foot. A squared or extremely pointy toe is a no-no. The toe of these is rather bulbous looking. Rather than coming to a smooth round toe they kind of flare out. In addition, the sole gives them a chunky look. This contrasts with the leather and the stitching just throws everything off. The shoes seem unable to decide whether they want to be a work boot style shoe (brown leather, chunky sole) or a more casual sneaker type of shoe (toe shape, contrast stitching).
F. It is sometimes said that your shoes should be the most expensive part of any outfit. Shoes can be pricey but when well-cared for they will really last. It is also a lot easier to find shoes that fit (for most) than pants or shirts as foot sizing varies less than body sizes. I would recommend a couple of the following classics.
they're gray suede chukkas. You should be able to find several examples at deferent price ranges, and qualities.
I just bought "XYZ product in X color" for $xx.xx shipped with coupon code ABCD12 ($xx.xx off normal price).
They're just Clarks Desert Boots! Can find them a lot of places. I'd highly suggest sizing down a full size! I'm size 11 and got size 10 for them and the brown Red Wings.
That's a bush acre, not a DB. Amazon has them in beeswax for amazingly cheap at the moment.
It looks like a moc-toe boot, but it's hard to tell from only seeing the back. I'm not sure of the brand but here are some similar options:
For future reference, a question like this should be saved for the thread "Simple Questions".
Does that bot still work that tells you past prices?
Aren't they GYW, though? The boots in the images are these Thorogoods...
Check out the Chippewa GQs. I have the LL Bean version and they're great boots.
My style leans a little more workwear, so this may not be entirely what you're looking for. But, I'm losing weight and all about cheap clothes right now. Sign up for STP's mailing list so you get their (frequent) coupons. They sell a lot of Carhartt stuff -- the straight fit pants, especially in canvas or twill, work pretty well with boots and casual button downs. Tons of other stuff that would probably work is available there as well. I
Plain Toe, Moc Toe.
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It's a plain toe oxford affectionately known as a "buck"
Normally, they come in varying shades of suede; which is a type of leather with a napped (basically where the leather isn't sheared) finish.
Your best bet would be a pair of bass Brocktons, clocking in at under a hundred dollars.
Medium Range :
High End :
Also, here's a quick guide on suede care :
Hope this helps.
Easy basic recommendations:
$150: Thorogood Plain Toe
$160: Chippewa Apache
$220: Katahdin Ironworks Engineer
$250: Red Wing Iron Ranger
You go any cheaper than about $150 and they're gonna fall apart fast
Those are Iron Rangers I believe.
The link is just a preview of whats available.
Previously, I found a pair of Iron Rangers for $50.
Worth a look if you're in the twin cities area.
Obligatory Clarks Desert Boots. or Stinson His. Both are great, versatile, and comfy as hell. I'd also say look at some nice boat shoes like this or this. If you really want a great pair, also look at Allen Edmonds Shoe Bank for a great deal on 2nd quality. the prices are higher, but you could find a pair in the low 100's on a good enough sale. I really recommend their penny loafers, as they can be worn casually or dressed up.
this is the lugged sole version of the Chippewas
Lugged Chippewas. For most commutes that's probably fine, I've you're walking continually in 3+ inches of snow you may need something more, or maybe Snoseal.
Of course there's always Ice Cutters if you can get them on sale and Bean Boots are always a good value.
Your best bet would probably be Chippewa Apache.
Hey fellow midwesterner,
Try looking at /r/frugalmalefashion for deals. You can really get some amazing deals there.
But besides that, here are the few things I can suggest;
Tshirts: [Uniqlo Supima Tshirts] (https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/men/t-shirts/short-sleeve/supima-cotton/), H&M Basic Tees (Just because they are cheap and fits me perfectly), Wohven (Tshirt subscription for $8 per month which delivers good quality tagless plain t-shirts).
Shirts & Button Ups: [Brook Brothers Blue Oxford] (http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Solid-Oxford-Sport-Shirt/MG01372_____BLUE_MED______,default,pd.html?src=googleshopping&amp;cmp=ppc_us_GG_pla_Men%27sShirts&amp;gclid=CjwKEAiA2abEBRCdx7PqqunM1CYSJABf3qvaJzMdov7_cDkjagUYYv8vI7bsXNFBcoXyM6IgEsCkMRoCGY3w_wcB), Casual Shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt
Pants: [Levis Jeans] (http://www.levi.com/US/en_US/mens-jeans/p/045112110?camp=CAGPLA_DF:04511211003334:LEVI), [J Crew Factory Chinos] (https://factory.jcrew.com/mens_special_sizes/Slim/pantsdenim/PRDOVR~07310/07310.jsp), Jomer Chinos (Very hard to get hold of these, sign up for their newsletter and see when they are back in stock)
Shoe: Adidas Stan Smith (Currently on Sale), [New Balance] (https://www.joesnewbalanceoutlet.com/men/shoes/lifestyle/?Categories=men&amp;Categories=shoes&amp;Categories=lifestyle&amp;PriceRange=&amp;OnSale=&amp;Icon=&amp;Brand=0&amp;PageSize=24&amp;Page=1&amp;Branded=False&amp;ListType=Grid&amp;Text=&amp;Sorting=LowestPrice) (Good Prices at their outlet store), Clarks Original Chukka, [Golden Fox Boots for Snow] (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dfashion&amp;field-keywords=Golden+fox) (These are some of my favorite boots for cheap. They are extremely comfortable.)
Outerwear: [Parkas] (http://us.asos.com/men/jackets-coats/parkas/cat/?cid=12931), (ASOS usually have some good ones), Pea Coat (Not extremely sure where to shop for a good pea coat), Uniqlo MA-1 Bomber Jacket
Again, there are some of the basics, cheaper options that I can think of. Good Luck
What kind of shoes do you like? What's your budget?
Just some general suggestions:
Desert Boots - Standard "r/MFA uniform" boots. But they are very classy looking, I get compliments for mine all the time. They are very comfortable to walk in and are usable most seasons of the year (but not too great in loads of water).
Plimsolls - Come in loads of colors, help tie together your outfit/make a personal bit of flair. Very clean, very simple. Loads of people love them.
Boat shoes - Personally don't understand them but people seem to love them. They're more of a spring/summer shoe, IMO though. Just remember, no socks or no-show-socks.
These. MFA loves these and wants to have their children.
I think he could use some Clarks Desert Boots here is a purchase Link Beeswax is the most versatile color. youre welcome
Are you goddamn serious? Here, if the rest of your outfit is ultra casual, wear sneakers or a shoe made of canvas. If your outfit is casual, maybe a suede. If you're dressing to impress, something made of leather.
If that still doesn't answer your question and you don't know how to use Google.
I'm 16, so I may be able to help you a bit with what would look good on you, since I wear this stuff.
As a few final tips:
MFA is a great community, but a few people criticize things pretty harshly, don't feel offended if this happens, its happened to most of us here.
No like this
You need to read a lot from the sidebar. It will help. I know it's a lot to read and it's intimidating, but it's worth the time investment. Also start paying attention to what you think looks good. Movies, pictures, people on the street. whatever. with time you'll get better.
Everything is too big. Since corsair_002 did an amazing job, I'll try to just give a few specific recommendations. You dont need to take them, but it might help you get at least 1 good outfit going.
One thing you dont want to do is get some slim jeans, nice footwear, dope shades, a new haircut and then wear a big old baggy shirt like this. You are a slim guy. Keep it all slim.
Those aren't Clarks Desert Boots, but they're similar boots called Chukkas.
Beeswax is the most recommended colour here.
I'd absolutely wait http://camelcamelcamel.com/Clarks-Originals-Mens-Desert-Beeswax/product/B000WUAP9E?active=price_amazon
Steve Madden boots are usually bad quality and will not last very long. Some good examples of cheaper but still well made boots are:
Visit /r/goodyearwelt for more info
Could someone explain to me the difference between these Bass oxfords and these Bass oxfords? I'm looking to pick some up & can't ignore the cheaper price tag on the Pasadenas, but the Buckinghams are always the recommended ones.
They're Bass Buckinghams
Look for white bucks.
Bass Buckinghams are a good start.
If you're looking for sneakers, there's ton of options out there. 70s Chucks or new Jack Purcells are where I'd look. Highly consider the Adidas Stan Smiths too.
Honestly, I think these shoes are pretty ugly - I don't think the patch on the sides works very well and I think you could get a much more versatile shoe than these.
I'd personally recommend you look at some brown chukkas (CDBs etc), some plain tan bucks (eg Bass Buckinghams) or possibly some camp mocs (eg LL Bean camp mocs)?
These are all a lot cleaner and versatile than the Florsheim; and more often than not simpler looks nicer.
I usually recommend these Thorogoods for workboots in that price range. I have a pair and they are very comfortable despite being a little heavy. Also the plain toe version, which is a few bucks cheaper. I don't know if you can get them in Norway though.
You might have luck finding a pair of used red wings in good condition for around $150. Check the FMF weekly thread and ebay. Make sure you get something with a wedge or other thick sole. I like the vibram christy soles myself (same ones on the thorogood boots above).
Don't waste your money on this crap and buy some Thorogooods. They also make one in a Moc-Toe.
Thorogoods are made in the US with great quality leather, legit fit (similar to Red Wing - you may think you need to size down...I personally disagree because of the instep). I waited and got mine for $100 bucks. If you are looking for a real quality work boot you can beat up, or want that rugged vibram sole look, you can't really go wrong with these.
The Tobacco color is fly too.
Also, these Dickies are made of genuine leather and glued soles. Basically, this makes them completely and utterly fake. They will fall apart quickly and smell terrible after a few uses. A good rule of thumb is that if you can't afford real leather, you can't afford that style of shoe.
You're going to want to avoid shoes with large, unnecessary branding like those Ralph Lauren ones.
Also, sneakers are next to useless when dealing with lots of rain and snow. You're going to want some boots. LL Bean Boots are a classic option and highly effective against lots of rain. A work boot like Red Wing Iron Rangers are also often recommended because they look nice, are very sturdy, and can be somewhat weatherproofed with sno-seal or an equivalent.
Basically, don't get those shoes. Get some boots with minimal branding. It's your best choice for the weather.
Also, boot guide
I realized I've been been dressing like shit for my entire life after moving to the US last year (I'm 23). Came to this sub, found the "Basic Bastard" guide via the sidebar, and purchased a lot of cheap stuff from Amazon this Saturday to start a wardrobe. Here are the purchases:
Light blue OCBD
Clarke's Bushacre 2 (wanted to get the CDB, but these were $40 cheaper)
Super cheap black parka
I already had a grey t-shirt, and a white OCBD.
I am going to Sydney for two weeks where it's winter right now, where I'll be trying out these outfits. Please let me know if you have any (low-cost) suggestions!
gone are the days of payless.
If you're walking that much, on a budget, I'd enjoy seeing how much wear and tear you'd put on a some Chippewa Boots or Chippewa Apache The vibram sole lugged or sans lugged should do wonders in regards to comfort and durability.
with the 20% off $100+ Amazon Coupon and it's a solid frugal purchase. Code SPSHOEI4 at checkout may work as well for 20% off.
Throw some sno-seal or Obenauf's and you're set for most all terrains.
Some things that have lasted me a long time, and probably will continue to do so:
I've recently switched to Duluth Trading Co jeans after having countless crotch blowouts with Levi's, they seem solid and durable but I've read mixed reviews so the jury is still out on those.
Ubiquiti networking gear has been rock solid as well but I don't like to call tech "bifl" because it always goes obsolete eventually.
It kinda depends on the rest of your style - what does a typical outfit look like for you?
Clark Desert Boots or another pair of chukkas might be a good start - they can fit well into most any casual outfit.
Vans Authentics, Jack Purcells, or Chuck Taylors are also good starter shoes and are usually good quality for the price - you can probably find better sales on other sites. This may be better if you dress more like a typical college student. I'd avoid the bright/loud colors for fall shoes.
Those are just wide suggestions based on knowing nothing about you. Examples of your usual style would help.
Oh definitely. Unquestionably. They will look and feel so much nicer. and you're exactly right- they're not that much more; you can get them for as low as $71.00 on Amazon.
What kind of use are you looking for? Work boots, or Red Wing-style heritage boots?
For the latter best gyw options in your price probably are these three (if you know your size and are OK with ordering online):
All ship free to SG via Amazon Global, unless your size is out of stock.
Anyway GYW-type resoling in Singapore costs around $150 at Ed Et Al, so I'm not really sure $200 boots are worth resoling. If you get wedge soled boots like either of the Thorogoods Shukey can probably glue a new wedge sole on for less
I like these, considering they can be dressed up some, although they're slightly out of budget. Check out nordstrom rack, look for brands like Allen Edmonds, Loake, and Redwing.
More casual, you would look at the L.L. Bean Katahdin, which is made by chippewa. It's also slightly out of budget. The key is that the boots I've linked are all stitched construction. Instead of the sole being glued on, they're stitched instead. While they can be resoled easier, the main selling point is the fact that they won't fall apart in less than a year.
Edit: I wore these in highschool and they served me well. Not everyone's cup of tea, though.
Definitely agree with this. I'll just add a list of specific places you could start your search with.
Gap Modern Oxfords - My personal preference
Uniqlo Slim Oxfords - Highly rated on this sub and affordable
Dockers Alpha slim tapered cut - Try New British Khaki, Dark Pebble, and Gravel
Gap Lived in Slim Chinos
Clarks Desert Boots
J Crew Mcallisters
Red Wing Work Chuckkas
Dressy but casual, eh? I believe they call those "grown-up" shoes or "not-sneakers."
Here are some examples. Ignore the prices, you can find cheaper alternatives to these almost anywhere if you wish. These are just style examples.
There are dozens of other options too. I recommend reading the sidebar.
Clarks Desert Boots you can find them mentioned in the boots section of the shoes in the sidebar. You can also see a pair here: http://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Originals-Mens-Desert-Boot/dp/B0007MCUTK
I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on cdb's in beeswax for $80
Just so you know, if you really want Clark's you might be better off watching Amazon and Zappos than shopping at their stores, as you are likely to get a much better price. Right now you can get Clark's desert boots for <$85 on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Originals-Mens-Desert-Beeswax/dp/B000WUAP9E/
If you are looking for good shoes at low prices, I can't recommend /r/frugalmalefashion enough.
Clarks desert boots
beeswax is a good color choice
This is a little bit more at $100 for the all black ones but they're everything you asked for. Oil and slip resistant, and good quality leather construction so they'll last. I bought them myself and they're great, I also have another pair of thorogoods that are holding up well after over a year.
Yeah there's your problem. You need a pair of Thorogood moc toes. Most good moc toe boot companies don't size down to you but Thorogood go down to 5 D. The first time you wear them it will feel like your wearing snow shoes, but that's a good thing. There's a lot of surface area on the sole. The lace hooks are great at releaving pressure points on the upper foot/calf. Getting use to them will take a little time but you'll be dancing on rebar in no time.
Sorry, but I am not a fan of either of those. The straps on those Chelsea boots kill them for me, and the leather looks cheap and plasticky in the pictures. The Derbies also aren't a good pick for something to start building a wardrobe up.
I would start with something like this: Bass bucks or this Clark Desert London Oxford in Beeswax or brown suede. You can wear either of those with jeans or chinos and an OCBD. From there, you can move on to dress shoes, or a Chelsea boot, but get something nice, like this JE Chelsea.
Hi guys - moving to NorCal for grad school and trying to plug a few gaps in my wardrobe by then. Couple questions.
I need a pair of shoes to wear with jeans when I want to look a bit more presentable. Would bass bucks or CDBs better fill this niche?
What is your recommendation for a low rise shoe to wear with shorts? I've got a pair of grey/grey vans LPE but I'm not a huge fan of how they look.
Thorogood have great value boots. The ones you linked don't seem to be good quality and the design is a little tacky.
Get some Iron Rangers factory seconds. They go on sale from time to time down to $160. Great, great boot. I got some of the Red Wing insoles for around $25 that made a world of a difference as far as heat is concerned. Size .5-1 size down. If you have wide feet, don't size down to .5 size down, depending on your foot size.
You also have the Chippewa Service Boot. I got my brother some for Christmas and they are actually really nice. The "Cordovan" option looks lovely and is a lot more versatile than one might think as it's a more burgundy color. But it really works in occasions where you would wear this sort of thing.
The Thorogoods Moc Toe is a great boot as well for a different look. These can't be dressed up as easily IMO, but good boots the same. Red Wing has a similar boot if you'd prefer the look of it. It's also a good boot.
For all of these, get some nice wool socks. Darn Tough makes some good ones but I don't like the looks. Anonymousism also makes some good stuff provided you like the colors, but IMO are a bit overpriced. My favorite wool socks came from J. Crew last season. They are thick, warm, look good, and were reasonable priced.
If you have any other questions, let me know!
I'm about to become a grad student, and I joined MFA wanting to up my style quotient accordingly. I've gradually become interested in style over the last few years, perhaps partially as an outlet for the visual sense I developed through art and graphic design as a kid (I've since gotten interested in music and writing instead as creative outlets). I can also see that some of my interest in style has come from feeling insecure at various times and wanting to control and shape the way others see me. I've also undergone several shifts in personal identity and outlook that have provoked me to dress differently over these few years.
Right now I'm getting ready for a year of studying abroad (a philosophy masters program in Belgium) and I've been using MFA to get a sense of the possibilities that there are for personal style. Some of this amounts to just being aware of various products and brands. I think I first got clued into Bonobos on here; per MFA's influence, I bought my first pair of Allen Edmonds recently (then resold them since they didn't fit); I purchased my first MTM shirt (which I recently posted to MFA asking about the fit of) through seeing what difference a good fit can make in photos people post to MFA. Right now, I'm trying to budget so that I can get both a pair of brown Red Wings and a pair of APC jeans before I leave for a year abroad so that I can wear them both pretty much every day. I think I may need to save for living expenses instead, though. One thing MFA has helped to teach me is how to plan a wardrobe in advance (know what kinds of pieces to be on the lookout for) and to not only get a good price, but also to get the right item at the right time.
If I were to receive the coupon, I'd like to think I could justify the expense of the Light Gray Three Piece Suit or the Classic Navy Blue Suit for job interviews and class presentations in the coming year. It'll be more practical, though, for me to get the Partner Pink Pinpoint Oxford and a silver tie clip as staples to work into and enhance the wardrobe I already have. Thanks for doing this awesome contest, veroz!
Which one would yo prefer?
The Thursday’s Captain has a lug-sole which has quite good grip. That seems like you best move or find a sale on Redwing Iron Rangers .
For under $250, I'd recommend the Chippewa GQ or the LL Bean Katahdin Engineer boots
Steel toe casual shoes never look good. The toe box is too big and you just end up looking foolish. Get a pair of nice boots. Since you're in a factory, you probably dont need an insole shank like construction boots.
My 2 recommendations would be
Chippewa GQ boots
Salt and pepper wool socks
And a pair of Japan Blue 206
And some obenaufs for the boots.
Pretty standard MFA answer, but Bass Buckinghams should serve you pretty well for the casual end of the business casual spectrum at a reasonable price.
For more traditional brown leather oxfords, some options that might work well for you are Florsheims, Bostonians, or thrifted/eBay Allen Edmonds as per this guide. Another source that's been easy for me lately has been checking clearance DSW shelves for brands like Mercanti Fiorentini, Johnston & Murphy, or Cole Haan on steep discounts.
Banana Republic has some in blue.
Nordstrom has their house brand of suede bucks but I'm not sure if they come in blue.
Bass Buckingham in Taupe. ~$60 with the 20% off shoes coupon.
No those will be trashy. Guaranteed, I know AE...
http://www.amazon.com/Thorogood-814-4200-Moc-Toe-Boot/dp/B002QQ8XRI These are a much better option. They're cheap (you can get 20% off right now on Amazon with code BOOTUP14) and they are way better than AE's. Many options there on Amazon find your favorite/cheapest and make sure to use that code.
I got the thorogoods.
Only $118.xx after the discount code HOLIDAY25 (assuming you have amazon prime)
Need a belt to match these in taupe suede. http://www.amazon.com/Bass-BROCKTON-Mens-Brockton-Oxford/dp/B002U82Q20
Any tips? More casual look. With white/silver and navyish blue chinos. As you can tell by the shoes price point is pretty low.
Blucher mocs, wingtips, boots (option 2), chukkas (option 2), penny loafers, and bucks (option 2 & option 3) are all some great options.
If you can, try to introduce him to slimmer pants in a darker wash -- perhaps some 511's or 513's in 'rigid dragon' or 'bastion' respectively? Combined with some new shoes, he'll look great. :)
These look similar and are pretty frugal.
Edit: whups, linked wrong shoes
Red Wing Iron Rangers
Check out the MFA Boot Guide '11.
You can for walks in the park, but I wouldn't recommend them for anything more than that.
Above is assuming these are it.
Red Wing or Oak Street
If you're willing to step up your game a little to boots that are actually quality, there's Meermin, at $295 or Trickers at $350 with the 30% off deal flyer thing. Wolverine 1k's at $355 and Red Wing Iron Rangers at $250. In order of highest quality to low Trickers, Meermin, Wolverine, Red Wing.
Those are Red Wing Iron Rangers. A common, less expensive alternative is the LL Bean Katahdin Engineering Boot.
Tip— you can go on the 'offers' page and sort by 'lowest offer for each' (size and color).
Size 12s are even cheaper.
you might be right...
since you have the beckmans in cigar featherstone you can help me out, the cigar featherstone is suposed to be [this one](http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Wing-Beckman-09016-Leather/dp/B005PEOUXY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1410037186&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=BECKMAN+ROUND+STYLE+NO.+9016] or this one ?
Clarks Desert Boots is what CDBs means. Comes in lots of colors and here is a link
Size 10 is also $51 for Beeswax Leather
you don't really need a guide on how to wear jeans and polos. Jeans basically go with any color so go to marshalls or Uniqlo and grab 5-10 polos and oxford button downs in any colors you like. You can stay way under $50 a shirt. probably 1/2 that easily.
Then get a pair of Clark's Bushacres in beeswax, and maybe something like a Red Wing derby from Nordstorms Rack for casual shoes since you shouldn't wear the same shoes every day.
Posted this the other day -
Looking to buy my first pair of boots and want something that I can wear this Fall but will also hold up well in a Colorado winter. Want to wear it everyday in winter and most days in the fall. I looked at the boot buying guide and like the Chippewa Apache Lace-up Boot. Is this a good winter boot? What color should I get that work best? brown or black? Dark brown or light? I wear a size 12US in Nike running shoes and I tried on some CDB and the 10.5 was the most comfortable. What size should I get? I'm a little nervous that I will buy a size too small or have wider feet than I thought and the boot being too narrow. Is this a good place to post this or should I just make my own post?
Someone said it was weird to go down 1 size and half and not just size and recommended I get sized up.
Went and used the brannock thing·a·ma·jig and it seems I am in fact a 10.5? I don' know how to read the side part if I'm wide or not, can anyone tell me?
To add to that as well, these are equivalent to Chippewa's more "luxury" level line-up of service boots which make use of better materials than their entry level Apaches, which themselves are great boots and can often not be found for much cheaper than $120.
To summarize, this is a good deal.
Also, great username.
This is the lug sole version.
New boots came in! They're Chippewa Apaches in 9.5 with a coat of Obernaufs. Desperately trying to break them in while sick from home (walking out for groceries in them later, we'll see how that is). Fairly deep lug sole, the standard Chippewa 6" should look a lot less rugged in comparison but I appreciate the height boost this gives me. Yes, I'm standing on my coffee table to get the fit pic. I'll try to make a more detailed review of this in a post when I Have time.
Rest of the outfit is pretty standard, Levi's Rigids (just a week in and already getting slight fades), band tee covered up by black/navy Uniqlo fleece from last year.
5 years alternating between upstate new york and new york city so lots and lots of snow. I might suggest the utility version if you see really heavy snow. My one problem with the boots is that I wore the sole down somewhat and the traction is now lacking. They are waterproof, but they aren't super warm seeing as it's just leather and no insulation. But that's pretty normal for work boots, even the more expensive kind. I recommend you wear them with wool socks if it gets really cold.
Note: They're also more brown than these pictures make them look. They look like this irl. EDIT: That picture is actually of the katadihn engineers boots by ll bean but I'm pretty sure it's literally the same boot + a toe box and it's also manufactured by chippewa.
For the Chippewa, get them from Amazon here. You can also apply the coupon code "ERLYFALL" for an additional 20% off unless you're willing to wait until prices drop lower.
EDIT: It should be $124.20 after the code which is lower than the recorded lowest by PriceZombie.
So I know it's become a bit of a joke in MFA about how much we suggest these shoes, but I think you'd probably like the Clarks Desert Boot in the 'beeswax' or 'sand suede' color.
They're relatively cheap, of decent quality, and should be able to work in a wide variety of outfits.
like common_sense_ffs said, they're desert/chukka boots. They're versatile, often durable, and really basic. They work with a smart casual style (definitely not rugged) and they're one of the most recommended types of shoes for beginners here on MFA. You can get pretty good ones for under $100 from Clarks or L.L. Bean.
Clarks makes really nice Chukkas in various colors. I found some really cheap ones (compared to your $395 price tag) at Amazon
-wear them with any kind of long pants. Good chukkas fit everything from biz caz to caz caz.
-I'll break down some options:
cheap tier: sigh Clark's Desert Boots in Beeswax, $120
mid tier: Cole Haan Winter Colton Chukka Boot, $228
expensive tier: Red Wing Heritage Men's Beckman Chukka, $320
Dang. To be fair, the company closed down, so I'm not too surprised - they're essentially just selling the leftovers now.
To be honest, I just got into this fashion thing recently (2 months ago?) myself. I can't say I know too many others specifically like the Simple in that price range, but a google image search for "chukka" or "desert boot" yields a ton of examples.
I'd check /r/frugalmalefashion for sales - for example, the Lands End Jackson Chukka is a good cheap alternative to the now-famous (and MFA classic) Clark's Desert Boot. I just got a pair myself, and they're very solid for the price. Admittedly they're more on the formal side than the Simple shoes, but there are plenty of less fancy chukka options (Vans even makes a pair, but their sole is kinda ugly IMO).
Unfortunately, it looks like they're sold out of the Tan ones, but if you don't mind a dark brown (better for winter) look, they might have your size hanging around. Other good options are the current half-annual Nordstrom's sale, and the Anniversary Nordstrom sale which hits July 20.
I'd be patient and stay observant. Something always come along :).
$77.75? Think another $7.75 isn't to bad? What they go for roughly at my local Clarks outlet.
Available for less than $80 new on amazon...
UNIQLO ALL DAY
olive parka - 60
blackwatch flannel - 30
unbranded raw denim - 88
clarks desert boots - price varies but its in your budget
this is a good basic fall/winter starter kit.
Boots? Leather? Brown? 100 dollars? Clark's Desert Boots seem like a good match for you. Here
Suitsupply will last a while, it's comparable to Brooks Brothers not-premium end line. Great fit too.
I'd go with Johnston+Murphy for shoes. The melton oxford is a good budget pick
How old are you?
Those shoes aren't really conservative I'd say if that is what you are going for. In your price range I'd check out this new list that dappered did for shoes under $200.
Personally I'd go for the following Johnston & Murphy Melton. Good price for a Black cap toe and leather sole.
This is just looking at the 10.5 Beeswax but low was $66 and amazon has a 15% off coupon for first time buyers which you can setup using a fake email. But amazon has discounts/coupons on these all the time, you just gotta learn these things.
Anyone know where I can find these? I was gonna go crazy and get the beeswax color.
And I also needed a watch. Was thinking about this one?
How am I doing?
Surprised Amazon hasn't been mentioned yet. They're usually $20-30 cheaper depending on size/color. Link: CDBs on Amazon
The CDBs in beeswax on Amazon are showing up as 85 for me, am I doing something wrong?
Clarks Originals Men's Desert Boot,Beeswax,10 M US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WU8SBQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Bd6XBbVZENENB
Amazon offers beeswax CDBs in size 8 for $96 after the 20% off e-mail coupon. After you make your color/size selection, look to the far right panel that says "More Buying Choices" and click on the "Add to Cart" button next to "Amazon.com." This is important because the coupon only applies to items shipped and sold directly by Amazon.
However, I will note that CDBs were down to about $63 on Amazon last November and February. It's up to you how bad you want them. Can you wait several months or do you want them now?
Desert boots literally go with everything. Buy a size smaller than you wear sneakers. And don't pay more than $80.
Steve Madden Hamilten Chukkas. 60 bucks, perfect for my tight budget. I need a new pair of nice tan-colored shoes to go with my navy blue slims.
EDIT: On second thought I might go with the Bushacres instead. $70.
EDIT2: Fuck it. CDBs it is. $100.
Well you can still get the 6 inch moc toes for [much lower price] (https://smile.amazon.com/Thorogood-814-4200-Moc-Toe-Boot/dp/B001QJ4I5C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1469193129&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=thorogood+american+heritage). As for my personal thoughts - I've had them for more than two years and love them. Break-in period is virtually non-existent and they go really well with jeans. They really are a great entry level GYW.
Flannel Shirt under a grey sweatshirt with dark wash denim and some brown boots.
A nice, simple and appropriate outfit for the occasion.
Thorogoods might fit your bill
The Bass Buckingham Perhaps?
Both Are Generally well reviewed on this sub as well.
This might be a fun exercise :
Rogue Territory $166 + hemming
Garrison Watch caps - Black and Olive together for $25 each
Sabah shoes - the particular style is a limited edition $190
Reigning Champ Tiger Fleece crewneck in Olive for $70~
JCrew Catskill Green Chinos for $45
Uniqlo U Grey Pullover and Green Cashmere crewneck - $109
Norse nunk Parka for $300~
A navy shawl collar sweater I picked up at a local Irish store for $150
Tate + yoko mystery bag for $180. Terrible purchase. I got a decent jacket out of this, but the denim fit was atrocious and I already had it hemmed to my inseam length which meant selling it is damn near impossible.
Following things from Topman : Grey Crewneck for $6 (Made in UK!), Pink checked shirt for $12, Burgundy twill shirt for $12, Band collar red and black check for $11, Collarless bomber jacket for $9.
I still think someone goofed up with these prices. I didn't even return anything. all of them fit relatively well
[Norse Projects Space dye sweater] (http://www.norseprojects.com/store/men-archive/knitwear/ss16-arild-space-dye) -- $101
Barbour x White Mountaineering casual jacket -- $169.
Abercrombie and Fitch 7in shorts for $20 bucks each. Fight me!
Nothing of note.
Gitman bros oxford for $55
John Varvatos suede derbies for $71
Barbour Netherby Crewneck $45
Cole Haan Oxfords $60
G H Bass isaac buc in olive $34
This doesn't include the random pickups from B&M stores which were mostly at Banana Republic, mostly shirts and a couple of chinos.
I was also gifted an Allen Edmonds Strands shoe for which I gave the wrong size.
The buying pattern clearly stepped over the second half and I became much better at realizing what I liked and what I wanted to buy.
Best buys :
Norse Nunk parka
Barbour x White mountaineering
John Varvatos Suede derbies
I am seeing some at 10 and 11 right now.
edit: couldn't add them to cart.
Java in 9.5, 10, 11 for 38
Tan 9, 9. 5, 10.5
Hummus 9, 9.5, 10.5, 11
edit: all these sizes have gone back except 9.5 in Hummus
http://www.amazon.com/Bass-BUCKINGHAM-Mens-Buckingham-Oxford/dp/B005PMNDWA These Bass Buckinghams in grey; worn mostly with dark denim jeans.
Maybe Bass Pasadena?
Bass buckingham's are similar but I am having trouble finding them quickly. Also, Bass pasadena's are similar but are suede.
Should be fine. Bass has similar suede derbies that look a little more classic and are a bit less expensive
Are these shoes welted? Try going to /r/goodyearwelt for more information on the shoes, considering I've never heard of this company. If they're bondwelted (the soles are glued onto the shoe, making resoling difficult to impossible), I would pass on them and look for some higher quality shoes. These Red Wing Beckman Oxfords are a little more expensive, but will last you much longer. Alternatively, these Bass Buckingham oxfords are very similar and cost half as much as the ones you linked.
to me it looks like they have a lot of extra stitching and components. the dr. martens sole looks out of place and the shoe's shape is bulbous.
if you want a less shiny look then maybe look at suede shoes?
i've had good experiences with bass shoes like the pasadena:
Those are the Pasadena's. Not sure why the seller listed them as Bucks
I've been wearing sperrys mostly and want to diversify my wardrobe. Had my eyes on these in Grenata color, not sure if they aren't too crazy for what I have going. Are these shoes versatile, or should I go for something else? Are these too formal for casual wear? Kinda have canvas shoes in mind as well...
I found these shoes in this color for amazon at approximately the same price here.
Here's a few I was looking at when I was in the market for some Oxfords.
There's not really any rules here and you're free to buy any shoes that fit your fancy whenever. CDBs and other brown/black dress shoes get recommended a lot as your 'first' shoes because of their utility. They're shoes that go with just about anything. It's hard to recommend crazy colors to people coming here seeking generic advice simply because they're hard to match with anything without knowing the specific contents of their wardrobe. If you wanna experiment with colors you should probably start with Converse/Vans because they're cheap and they come in any color of the rainbow, so you're not out a ton of money if they don't end up working out or are of only limited utility. If you want something dressier, I think you might like a pair of white bucks - these'll go great with all your pastels. And if you wanna get a little crazy check out the Cole Haan Air Colton. They make these in a saddle shoe and an oxford that you can get with some crazy neon details.
Edit because I fucked up the link format.
Clarks Desert boots
Bass Buckingham oxfords
Adidas Stan Smith
Those 3 are durable, offer a range of dress and are pretty comfy. Pair them with chinos, khakis or jeans, but not trousers or slacks. All 3 should hit your "not running shoes or anything too fancy" stipulation.
Of the two you linked to I'd take the Rockports but neither are good quality shoes. (or oxfords for that matter...)
You can expect about a year or two from a pair of Rockports/Eccos before they fall apart but they start looking old and clapped out within a few weeks. u/TheFranchize is right on the money with his suggestion of a decent pair of derbies on comfy crepe soles. A soft, rubber sole should also do the trick - from the Bass Buckingham on the lower end to the Sanders Jack on the slightly more expensive side.
Seems like you're looking for a pair of navy suede bucks. Bass is a solid brand and has a couple options like the Pasadena and the Buckingham. Check around for pricing, but they shouldn't run you down too much.
I can attest to the Thorogoods. I've got these and they're great. Nice quality leather, made in USA, easy break in, and they clean up well. I've got a coat of Obenaulf's on them and they darken a little.
These are the thorogood a that I am talking about.. They use the same Lester as red wings, use a very high quality wedge sole, and prity much only differ from RWs in that they have a synthetic mid-sole... I would probably consider these higher quality than the boots that you linked... Thorogood also has a premium line that goes for $150, but I honestly haven't heard much about them.
Also, something to note is that good leather will darken substantially with use (especially oiled leather)... If you were to water seal either boot it would darken quite a bit... I would check out "frostinhisbones" on tumblr and see what his boots look like... That is simply from wear and sno seal (they are the ones that i linked)
Gonna throw out some picks, depending on your style, take and pick what you like, sorry to hear about the flood bruddah.
Picking suiting is pretty standard and easy around these parts so I'm just going to pick casual stuff
Wolverine 1000 mile boots in Rust (Factory Seconds) ≈ $170 Depending on coupon. Grab these quick if you like them, since they rarely re stock this much. Made in America and Chromexcel Leather
Luther's Raw Selvedge Tapered - $115. Made in America
Orion Leather Belt - You Choose ≈ $45 or slightly less with first purchase coupon. Made in America
Levi Classic Trucker in Rigid ≈ $60
White / Black V neck T's of Your Choosing ≈ Varies
Handful of OCBD and Chambray Button Ups- Uniqlo ≈ $25 Per Shirt
Grey Suede Bucks - Bass or Banana Republic for the $60- $100 range or Walk Over brand for $200+ but Goodyear Welt and Made in America
Journey's No Show Socks - So you can wear your bucks and any slip ons with socks but look sockless
Dockers Alpha Khakis - $35 - $40 per Pair
Throw in a couple of merino wool sweaters (or cotton if you're not big on sweaters such as myself) and a thrifted blazer or two and you're ready for pretty much anything.
If you bought all of this you would only have around $300 for suiting, which probably isn't enough, but hopefully I've given you some ideas of what you might like to rebuild. Everything on the list is pretty solid quality and should last, with the exception of the cheaper suede bucks which might fall apart, or might not, who knows
That is amazing if you are. They unfortunately look like bowling shoes. If you want some nice leather casual shoes, look at chukkas , blucher mocs, bucks, work boots or alternatively some canvas sneakers (vans, converse, pf flyers, superga). Normally when a shoe tries to be both a sneaker and a "dress shoe," it does not end up well.
What about some taupe bucks? The taupe colour over brown makes it more passable with black pants, and still looks good with navy. No brouguing, and they're not boots. A question though: why would you not want them to be "too formal", yet want to wear them with dress trousers, a more formal piece of clothing?
If it were my money, I'd be looking at Golden Fox or Thorogood.
But, if they're for proper hiking, I'd get proper hiking footwear.
any thoughts on thorogood boots?
I'm not sure what websites ship to Australia, but I'd look into Red Wings Heritage 6"Moc Toes or Thorogood Moc Toes.
that seems to exactly fit your criteria. idk how no one else has suggested that, it's really commonly recommended. just cut off the flag thing.
I've seen those shoes in person, really don't like the quality of them. If you want a quality middle ground these Thorogoods are a great option. Just a tad it more than $150 but a better option for a cheaper, quality boot that isn't Red Wings and also made in the USA
Look like thorogood moc toe boots. You could look for one with an 8 inch height.
I would recommend the Thorogood Moc Toe.
Just got these on amazon for $134 ($145 after shipping) and i love them so far. Here's a fit
if you live in a semi-rural area, I'm sure there are boot stores that carry something very similar to try on before you buy. I agree with whirlyboy that the fit sounds sketchy.
if you're not sold on those, there's a Thorogood boot that is very similar but also only have one review, which is quite praiseworthy. personally, I am not a huge fan of the moc toe, but to each his own.
Lower quality options recommended here often are Thorogoods
These are quite nice, if you dig the wedge sole.
If ya can push that price limit a touch, you can find some Made in the USA Thorogood that you might like.
Sign up for Amazon shoe newsletter for 20% off and maybe these?
*Or these if you want sneakers
Try these or these
Clarks or Red Wings are non-crepe alternatives.
These are a little different from everything else you've posted, but with what you're looking for I think they'd be perfect. I'd go with the Red Wing Work Chukka. Not quite boots, not quite shoes, so no cuffs necessary. They don't have leather soles like Iron Rangers or Wolverine 1ks, so you don't have to worry too much about banging them up while working (Iron Rangers and 1ks are well made, but aren't made to be abused like other boots are). You can also wear them with virtually anything casual and they'll look awesome.
(asking lots of questions today, sorry!) Does anyone know a cheaper version of the Redwing classic chukka http://www.amazon.com/Red-Wing-Heritage-Work-Chukka/dp/B0032UYMEU . I know they look a lot like CDB but I really dig the flat sole on them as apposed to the heel on CDB's and was wondering if there was a cheaper alternative like them. Thanks!
Worth noting: Red Wing also makes non-heritage chukkas.
I believe both are an improvement over the leather quality and build construction of CDBs. Whether it's approximately $120->$200 worth of improvement is really up to you.
Red Wing Chukka Boots
Red wing iron rangers, worth every penny: http://www.amazon.com/Red-Wing-Heritage-Iron-Ranger/dp/B0032UYNKI
Redwing Iron Ranger Boots
Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot
EDIT: *Iron Ranger
You actually started out exactly where I was a few years ago. I'm still learning, but here are a few things that I've picked up along the way:
It's a pretty casual belt, in that it's very thick and hearty. Works great with streetwear/workwear, probably not as well if you're dressing up.
I have it in Sunset Brown and it matches my Amber Iron Rangers perfectly. They go together like they were made for each other. I'm now buying the Natural leather to match better with my Hawthorne Iron Rangers. Yes I own two pairs of IRs because I'm a crazy person.
I think the belt will look great with sperry's.
Allen Edmonds Strand
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars
Red Wings Iron Ranger
There are many others, but these are the mainstays. I really like shoes.
More like these. Or something in a darker, redder color, like these.
I used to buy a lot more stuff, but lately I've been trying to slim down to just a few, high-quality items. Of the things I own, here's a few that I really love:
These aren't crazy marked down, but if you check online retailers and /r/frugalmalefashionadvice periodically you can get them for cheap eventually.
Edited for links to various Etsy shops, etc. :)
Red Wing Beckman
and Wolverine 1000 mile
are two of the popular choices, any reason you aren't considering them?
Then you have two choices here.
I used mine on these Red Wing Beckmans, they're finally getting broken in.
My gf bought me these tan Chippewa boots for $89.99 shipped about 3 days ago. Theyre seconds but I'll be using them for work as they tend to look better with the shit beaten out of them.
Never had experience with anything other than 1000 mile, sorry. You can get these chippewas for under $100 when they are on sale.
Dude - While I was wearing that outfit I walked into a DSW and thought, "man, I need some nicer boots to go with this." So I picked up these. They were ~$40 and I'll probably get $40 of use out of them, but I think I'll spring for these when I'm ready to spend a little more. Maybe next fall? I'm really like the lighter colors on both of those pairs, but I'm digging the suede on the ones I got.
If I blurred out my face, how would people tell me all the celebrities I apparently look like?
I work in a blue collar job. Generally when I want to look a little nicer I'll throw on a chambray shirt over a white V-neck with some dark or raw denim (a cheap pair, think Gap or Uniqlo). I still wear my steel toes but I prefer a minimalist style boot that, I think, looks a little nicer. Like [this] (https://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-Mens-Steel-20066-Lace-Up/dp/B00413PX3G) or this which are my current pair (Red Wing's customer service is the greatest but thats an unrelated story) Honestly I have zero reason to do it but sometimes you want to elevate from a T-shirt and ripped jeans y'know.
Sweet! Thanks for that.
But just to be clear (I'm still a bit new to Clark's) you're talking about the Beeswax Leather pair, right?
This seems to be the best that comes from the ill defined term "smart casual". My recommendation is a pair of chinos, leather shoes, and an OCBD. And if you feel underdressed maybe a light jacket. I'm guessing you're new to MFA based on your post so I'll post some links to get you on the right track:
First post here as a rookie, looking for advice on a few shoes:
- My Clarks Chukkas (https://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Mens-Bushacre-Chukka-Beeswax/dp/B004DCNN64/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1536692195&sr=8-3&keywords=clarks+chukka) have fallen apart (soles are cracked straight through) within 10 months or so and I'm looking to replace them with a similar aesthetic (i.e. brown/dark-ish, not black), but hopefully more durable. Any recommendations? $100-250 price point
- My original thought what the chukkas above didn't hold up due to water, but maybe they are just cheap since apparently the soles are rubber? Either way water gets in through the soles VERY easily. I was thinking of (in addition to the above) buying a boot that's better in the wetter weather. I want something that can be semi-casual and worn with jeans/chinos. I like the aesthetic of the AE Normandy Boots in brown, but i'm afraid they aren't built for the purpose (i.e. light-medium water/rain) since they have leather soles. Does anyone have any other recommendations that are similar within the $150-300 price range?
(What would be nice would be to eliminate the need for this second option and kill two birds with one stone with the Chukkas.)
- Lastly, I'm mostly settled on getting some AE Park Avenues in Dark Chili to go with a 3-peice BL Midnight Navy suit I am ordering. No question here, just pointing out. These won out over the darker brown or Oxblood options.
Thanks for the help!
Nope, they're totally stock except for the mink oil. They're actually cheaper than CDBs too.
Mink oil link
To apply the mink oil I used a blow dryer to heat it up/essentially liquefy it, then used the blow dryer on the shoes to open the pores in the leather. Apply with a soft cloth, wait 15 minutes or so to soak in, then wipe off the excess. Let them dry overnight then you're good!
I created the info graphic myself in photoshop. I can try to help you find links for all the items if you would like.
Here are some links to the items. I couldn't find links for all of them:
Most people look to Chippewa boots as cheaper, yet still good-quality alternatives to Red Wing and Wolverine. The Chippewa Apache is particularly nice.
Obviously not as high quality as RW or Wolverine, but still good.
I think these http://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-20080-M-Apache-Lace-Up-Boot/dp/B004TK2RPS/ref=pd_sbs_shoe_1?ie=UTF8&amp;refRID=1WRTHY56PCB8DE0BVXYX hold up better in the ice.
Chippewa Apache is your best bet
These are the ones I just picked up. I need a bit more sole to my boots, sacrificing a little style for practicality. Otherwise exactly the same boot, just a lugged sole instead of the flat.
Treat it with Sno-Seal and you have a waterproof, breathable, functional boot that happens to look freaking awesome.
They were 90$ last week, wait for them to go on special or use 20% off coupon from subscription to get it for 110$
Chippewa's are good. They come in lugged sole's if you need them for snow/ice. The LL Bean Katahdin's are also made by Chippewa and I think they look a little nicer than the apache.
LL Bean's version
(I don't know about shipping to canada, sorry)
Your request has been asked hundreds of times. Under $150, and holds up in snow.
The LLBean Bean boots fit your criterias. Thorogoods are also always recommended here, and many people conclude they are not good in the snow or ice. They hardly have any traction. You need something with lugged soles.
I wore these most of the nasty winter days:
Any suggestions for items to purchase?
I plan on picking up a pair of Bushacres (my first pair of boots!) and need to spend another $100 or so for free shipping to my country.
I was thinking about possibly grabbing another pair of boots, although I'm open to other suggestions!
Chippewa Apache, Thorogoods and these Doc Marten's look good. Although I'm not sure whether they'll be too bulky / big for me.
here's the lug soled version.
Is there a significant difference between http://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-20065-Handcrafted-Lace-Up-Chocolate/dp/B0036VN8RC/ and http://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-Mens-20080-Chocolate-Apache/dp/B004TK2UG4/?
I'd be mostly in the rain if it matters, no snow.
Well, Clarks Desrt Boots are casual and look very nice, but you would have to break them in to feel nice. At $70 you can snag a pair from amazon in Beeswax.
I really don't like that (canvas?) panel on the upper. As played out as they are, I think CDBs probably fit your needs best.
Fellow big-foot here. The struggle is real. I have wide-ass feet (wide ass-feet?), and have a terrible time finding shoes.
MFA is split on the sneakers thing, but I love a pair of New Balances just because they have consistently made shoes in my size. Depending where you work and who you are etc some simple, classic sneakers can look good with jeans and a button-up.
I love their classics line with jeans, and there are a bunch in size 15.
Generally, most classic, clean shoes work well with jeans and a button-down. I've been wearing a pair of white nike blazers recently which also come in a 15.
The MFA-favorite, the Clark's Desert Boot comes in a 15.
It looks like neither Apache nor Chippewa come in a 15, but you could probably peruse this post to find a brand that makes some. Even if they're a little expensive, always just buy the right pair of boots the first time! I skimped on my first pair, and I'm just counting down until next winter when I can justify buying the right pair.
It's a Clark Desert Boot.
Clark's Desert Boots
Note: these are oft' recommended by MFA.
I'm sure I'll get raked for this but...
You should start with the loved/hated "MFA Uniform."
Some of the big ones that are helpful for beginners:
Shirts: Given your claim of being tall/skinny/long armed I'd doubly recommend Oxford shirts and rolling the sleeves in lieu of t-shirts, as an OCBD is suitable for nearly all occasions. A rolled sleeve will disguise if the sleeves aren't the correct length, and will also help you to seem better proportioned. Prices vary a lot, but you should be able to find some affordable ones at virtually any retailer.
Jeans: Fit is obviously the most important for jeans. Trends favor "slim" jeans but not everyone can rock it, so don't worry if you end up with "regular," but for the love of God avoid boot cuts or the like. A big thing you need to know is that jeans fade over time, giving them a more desirable appearance (better contrast/visible texture). Because of this you should get dark jeans (which go better with most clothing) and allow them to fade naturally over time. Here is an album of Levi's 511 "Rigid Dragon" jeans after 3 years of wear, to give you an idea of just how radically the colors of your jeans will change over time. Wear them as often as possible and wash them as rarely as possible (wash inside out only, cold water, do not machine dry), as washing causes the color to set in. If possible just get some Levi's jeans, they're not that expensive and they'll last a long time.
Shoes: Three words my friend: Clarks Desert Boots. Get them in Beeswax and they'll not only go with almost any outfit, but will be appropriate for almost any occasion outside of formal ones. CDBs run big, so get them in at least a half size smaller than you usually wear. Try not to get them wet, they're meant for moderate dry weather.
That's some starter advice for you, I hope it helps.
P.S. Don't buy stuff right away, try to keep an eye out for sales.
It seems like you're already getting advice on the "new jeans" front (also check out the links on the side -->), so I can offer some shoe recommendations if you want.
Basically, there are a LOT of options in between "gym shoes" and "dress shoes." It really depends on your style. You could go with a simple canvas shoe like these if you want to stick with sneakers. For a slightly classier look, Sperry boat shoes are comfortable and never go out of style.
I love my Sperry Topsiders, especially now that it's getting warmer out, since you can wear them without socks and they go with shorts as well. But I live in an area where "preppy" style is the norm, so boat shoes are almost required :P
For shoes specifically with jeans, another common MFA recommendation is desert boots, especially Clarks. They're a great casual/going out shoe with jeans, and a good summer pickup as they are meant for warmer months.
Hope that helps! Also check out this guide for summer shoes.
You can always try some Clarks Desert Boots in Beeswax (the ugly-looking upper part doesn't show when you wear jeans, making them look much better). Those go well with what you have too.
Dark tan/light brown?
I don't know man, nothing comes to mind. In Beeswax.
Billy boot looks promising was trying to order one in black. Obligatory first boot recommendation: CDB in Beeswax Leather Wait for sale though
those are Clark's Desert Boots, or CDBs. They can usually be had on sale from a variety of sites (check /r/frugalmalefashion). Here they are at amazon.
I'm not a fan, personally. They're not most flattering and if you're just going to have one pair (I'd recommend having two biz cas shoes if one at least one is leather to give them a day to breath), I'd go with brown because I think its a little more versatile.
This guide is pretty helpful and has some links to further guides. But hard to go wrong with some oxfords, derbies, chukkas (the meme itself, Clark's Desert Boot in beeswax is your budget option), loafers, etc.
A lot of people will recommend getting some Allen Edmonds and similarly priced and they're not wrong. They're beautiful shoes that'll last you for years. If you can swing it, I would. But if you're not prepared for the investment and want something cheap, the Stafford shoes at JCP really aren't bad at all for the money. Here and here if you want boots. And they're on sale. But thats on a budget and they will crease, so use shoes trees after use.
Explore some of the styles I mentioned and check the guide. Don't just pick what I like, ultimately you have to like it.
Also, if you can get away with it at work, some nice clean and minimal detailed sneakers can be worked into a biz casual, depending on how casual we're talking. Like Greats Royale. But only if you can get away with it. I would definitely still get some nicer shoes.
The $200 ones are a bit too much considering I’m Australian. So what do you think about their $149 Scout boots?
And would these be good?? Cant find any other ones in stock anywhere else.
They look like a pair of Clarks Dessert Boots to me.
Well this is not so special; sorry. Everyone comes to MFA with some backstory but every wants the same thing; to dress better. And the best way to do that is to read the sidebar. But I'm going to help you out while you read.
The best way to dress like Tony Stark (in my own humble opinion) is to dress casual-formal; that is to say dress up to formal then take it down. What this is going to entail is wearing jeans/denim with a button down shirt. Lose the tie though. So basically, the first piece of advice I'd give is Denim+Button down. Check out the denim guide; I can't speak too much about quality (I get what fits) but I personally buy from Gap, and their stuff is decent quality for the price. If you want to take it a step up, Raw Denim is the way to go. I know almost nothing about that so I can't help you there. Now when it comes to button downs, there are a couple of places to go. If you are anywhere near a Uniqlo, go there. They have extremely good quality stuff FOR THEIR PRICE POINT. You could probably pick up a good smattering of colored shirts; If not there, some other places that will have interesting patterns/color+good quality are J.Crew, Epaulet, Gap/Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers. I would recommend getting a bunch of colors and patterns, along with a few solid colors. Blue and Red are good colors that will match many colors of Denim. Get a few patterned shirts as well; I would recommend trying to keep the over shirt color 'light' though; nothing like Black and Green. If possible, stick to a pattern that is one color and white (e.g. blue and white).
If you want to take it a step further up, you can try out the Chino/BD style, which is more or less wearing well fitting chinos with a button down. This requires as much work as the denim/bd look, but you will end up with a slightly more monotone look (the most common chinos are khaki/black/grey). For this reason I would recommend that you consider getting some multi-colored pants; Red, Yellow, Green, Blue pants along with the standard colors will make you stand out. Some places to get these things are (again) J.Crew, Epaulet, Gap, Levi's, LL Bean, Lands End, and Bonobos. Bonobos tends to have more colors/patterns than others, but they are also much more expensive (less so with a referral) but I would recommend going to somewhere like Levi's or Gap and getting a pair of their $30-$50 colored pants. This look requires a lot more color matching, but the result makes you POP to the ladies.
As for the shoes, the shoe guide is quite good. Avoid sneakers, and perhaps look into getting a pair of these or These, MFA's favorite shoe. Both are different than sneakers and different than boat shoes. These are most winter/full pants shoes, so you'll have to look into a different pair for the summer.
I hope this helps.
Shirts: Size, Medium
Pants: Size, 32/30
Shoes: Size 10.5
This was my list that I gave to Family/Friends. It's basically my first attempt at dressing nice, so any criticism/suggestions would be great. It was basically completely based on this, besides the jacket, watch, and sunglasses.
Quoddy's suede blucher is a great option that can be worn on the casual side of bizcas.
JCrew's suede bucks have a nice shape and similar color to what you linked.
Clark's DB make the ubiquitous casual-but-can-be-dressed-up, taupe chukka.
uh...amazon? look here. more colors and fabrics here too but none at such a nice price
are you looking to get three pairs for $150 total or each? either way, i'd try and just get one really nice shoe that will last you for several years rather than something that will fall apart in 2.
give us more info on where you live/weather/do you want to be able to walk in them/what your style tends to lean to
You can get the original CDBs here in brown suede and distressed grey in size 8 for under $75 with free shipping.
Here's a very solid cheaper option. All the other recommendations are surely good shoes, but will take some finagling and patience to actually get for $200. These are goodyear-welted (so sturdy and recraftible) with leather soles. As far as I know, this Melton and Florsheim's Veblen are the only shoes of this quality that are routinely at this low a price point.
i would not recommend wearing those with a suit. i would look at something like this or this instead due to leather (you don't want something that's shiny like that, and you want closed lacing with a suit)
Anyone have suggestions for a burgundy dress shoes under $150. I really like the colour but very few companies seem to make them. Willing to go used too. Need it for a wedding plus wear it maybe once or twice a month. Currently thinking about buying this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UUGZN6/
but its above my price range.
Edit: Changed link
Lose the shoes lose the shirt, wear a nice button down preferably something darker to go with the pants find a nice brown belt and some nice leather shoes or something more like this if you want to look extra cool I would prefer you wear a watch with a brown leather strap if you have one, also dont bring the smokes of you unless you KNOW she smokes, I have found girls that don't smoke find that unattractive. Good luck
Edit: Also I recommend you check out the sidebar
If you're going to buy CDBs (and you should, quality is good and price is affordable for us college students) try Amazon. It's much cheaper.
3.4 miles. Half commute on 1-lane roads where I kinda block traffic (no shoulder, no bike lane), other half is on a shared use path. generally flat.
I used to wear gym shorts/t-shirt and change on arrival/departure. now I just wear my business casual clothes, including these shoes more often than not: CDBs. I go about 3-4mph slower than my weekend long rides to not get too sweaty... it can still be pretty warm in the mornings in North Carolina in November.
My suggestions from time spent on here:
These three things all work as birthday gifts, they're all returnable, and they all look good on most guys. Check them out and let me know if you decide to go with any of them.
I was like you -- I only wore my running shoes or my birks for a long time. About a year or two ago, I got a pair of Clark's Desert Boot (src) at my friend's recommendation. Now, I wear them almost every day.
I went with the Beeswax Leather option: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WU8SBQ
In my opinion they are the perfect day-to-day shoe. I wear them with jeans and a tee, or chinos and a dress shirt, or anything else. If I'm not wearing a suit, I wear them.
Edit: You'll see them a lot on this subreddit... In the first 5 posts I clicked from this week's fit-check thread, two people were wearing them in their pictures.
American Crew Fiber
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner
Dead Sea Mud Soap
Beeswax Desert Boots
Tan 1000 Miles
Nike Killshot 2
Wool People Socks
Airism Boxer Briefs
Gray Supima Cotton Deep V Undershirts
Slim OCBDs - Blue, Navy, White
Brown Woven Leather Belt
Brown Orion Belt
Lived-In Slim Chinos - Green and Caramel
Aiden Slim Chinos - Khacki, Navy, Gray
Columbia Soft Shell - Black
Ebbets Atlanta Crackers Cap
Seiko 5 Watch
Costa Del Mar - Brine 580g
Um.. these aren't exactly stylish (in my humble opinion). If you're in the market for something comfortable and plain, why not give Clark's a shot. Their desert boots are great
EDIT: just re-read that they need/should be low cut. Here's their driving moc literally no heel/sole
Is there a reason you have to buy them from that website?
CDBs are ~$90 on Amazon.
But yeah, those are the right shoe. They're super clean like that for a good three days until you beat them up a little.
edit: .au Don't hire me as a detective.
Serious question: When was the last time you found them under $60 at Amazon?
I've been monitoring (almost daily) Amazon's price on beeswax US10 CDBs since the last week of February, and have not found them that low. Barring a coupon code one of the minor sellers had for a few days (took the price down to the mid-$70s), they haven't been lower than Amazon's current price of $81.xx. The suede versions are slightly cheaper, and although I've been checking them less frequently (1-2 times per week), I've not seen them at the $60 level either.
Here's what camelcamelcamel says about the pricing on US10 beeswax CDBs. They also say pretty much the same thing about the taupe suede version too.
In other stores, chances are you'll find the Bushacre 2 by Clarks, which is a budget version of Clarks Desert Boots. I don't know how they differ, really, other than the outsole.
I just wanted to give you a heads up in case you end up confused like me.
Hmm, neither of the two have them on sale, amazon is the cheapest I've found.
Do you know what the difference between D(M)/B(M)/M is?
This kind of thing is generally very open to interpretation depending upon your personal sense of style, so feel free to pick and choose from everyone's suggestions. Here are what I'd call the, "essentials" that make up my closet. [Note: Due to time constraints I will come back later and update this post with more items. For now here are some formal pieces and shoes.]
The color on shoemetro still looks duller than the color here: http://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Originals-Mens-Desert-Beeswax/dp/B000WUAP9E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1367814822&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=clark%27s+desert+boots+beeswax
I've been waiting forever for CDB's to go on sale and I don't know if I'm just being paranoid, but the shade and the fact that it says "true" color is beeswax is keeping me from pulling the trigger. I'm still picking the color "brown" on the site.
edit: Doesn't matter because they're out of stock already. Thanks anyway!
Clarks Desert Boots in beeswax; they are the most recommended shoe on MFA. :D
I had a question about some chukka style boots I'm interested in. You said be dubious of Cole Haan and I was wondering if it's because of the style or the workmanship. I was looking at these which are on sale for $90 at the moment. I was planning on getting a beeswax leather CDB instead but I thought the Cole Haan ones looked pretty decent too. Thanks in advance for any insight you might have.
I agree with the rest, I bought a pair of Clarks DB recently for $77 and the comfort and quality of the make are great. Check amazon.com for the prices (usually $83 and under). I had to get a half-size smaller, because they make them a bit wide, so check with your local store and try them on before ordering.
If you are willing to spend another $35 bucks I recommend these Thorogoods. They also have plain toe boots for a bit cheaper if you're into that.
Thorogood boots are nice
I finally was able to get some dark jeans that I've been searching for forever in buying Levi's 511 Rigid Dragon. However, I do have some newb questions.
Since the jeans are so dark they're practically black, do I treat them like black jeans when matching it with stuff? Do they go with a lighter brown boot like these? I love these jeans but I don't know exactly what to do with them before they get washed and start to fade.
In terms of better for the price, there is a lot of good options out there if you're patient and look hard. For myself, I paid $90 for Red Wing Iron Ranger Firsts, $80-110 for Allen Edmonds firsts, and $140 for Crockett and Jones Conistons for Peal & Co. However, if you go look for any of these right now, you won't find them, hence the patience requirement.
The thing about Thursday boots is that they're all $200 right now, so you can just drop that and have your boots in a couple days if you don't want to wait.
As far as what's available right now, I found these Wolverine Navy Suede 1000 Mile Seconds for $150, and firsts for $200 with more sizes left. Here's some Chippewas for $165-185, or $186 for these ones. Some Moc Toe Thorogoods for $185, or some Wolverine Kilometers for $150.
So there's an obvious catch here in that availability is limited, while the availability of Thursdays is not, but I do think it's fair to say there are better options out there for the same price or less.
Went from Timberlands to Chipewa's to Redwings and then landed on Thorogoods.
I love my Thorogoods. Easy break-in, longer lasting soles and look just as good as my Redwings. Still made in America. All at $100 cheaper. Easily my go to work boot now.
They have safety toe versions too:
I own a pair of thorogood plain toe that have stood up wonderfully throughout winter and a year of work in a receiving area.
They are just a bit slick in snow if that is an issue.
Chippewa are also recommend budget boots. They also go on STEEP discount when on sale. So track that or look on black friday for an Amazon shoe sale.
BUT, I also have a pair of red wing heritage and a pair of Wolverines. The difference in workmanship is definitley noticeable. And the good wear welt means replaceable sole.
Sierra trading post has great deals on 2nds, and the jump in price is not significant compared to a good pair of "budget" boots. I got my red wing heritage for a bit under 200. Usually not much more than a small scuff or random marking.
You just can't be cheap and want bifl... Unless you find used.
Idk if this part of Amazon delivers to Canada or not, but here are some Thorogood's for ~$100. Click Here
Looking to get some work boots and found these
Thorogood 814 - $135
Redwing Heritage Beckman - $265
Any experience with the Thorogood, or should I pony up the cash for the Red Wings?
These boots fit your description
I've heard really good things about thorogood for a cheaper option to things like redwings/wolverine 1000 mile boots, but I can't personally attest to their quality as I'm in a similar boat shopping for a pair of boots.
(I go to school in VT, so I'm going to have similar need for a rugged boot)
I have fallen in love with these CDBs. I can't seem to find that color anywhere though. They say they are taupe suede but when I looked at amazons taupe suede they looked completely different.
Whats stopping you from getting those boots then? Price? Sole? something else? CDBs in beeswax are the obvious suggestion. check out this awesome writeup by /u/root33r
http://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Originals-Mens-Desert-Boot/dp/B0007MCUTK this what you mean?
EDIT ~ i mean this http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0059710PI/ref=twister_B00B1I5KFU
Jacket: Kane and Unke Nylon Tone on Tone Jacket
Shirt: Wallin & Bros. 'Workwear' Trim Fit Chambray Sport Shirt
Pants: American Eagle Slim Straight Cargo Pants (couldn't find it online)
Boots: Clarks Original Desert Boots - Beeswax
clarks desert boot in beeswax, there's a reason why it's recommended all the time. Casual shoe that's not as casual as a sneaker.
If you think those are funny looking, you should run away now. Compared to what I've seen recommended in this subreddit, those Red Wings have a very "generic" look to them. I don't mean that as a bad thing, a better word might be "standard" or "conservative." It looks like an alternative would be the always suggested Clarks Desert Boot.
They're just regular Clarks Desert Boots in Beeswax as often get recommended here. I love them. Here's a link.
I KNEW someone would say that!
In all honesty Clark's Desert Boots are a great place to start. It's a well rounded boot that can be found easily under $100. There are also several different colors, materials, and you can find the cheaper Buschacre II variety which have a rubber sole.
I'd be amiss if I didn't also mention the Gafney Wingtip.
These are highly recommend as a starter boot around here. The circlejerk is strong but they are a quality boot so many people like them: http://www.clarksusa.com/eng/product/desert_boot_men/26078358. There is a Clarks store near you at:
7875 Montgomery Rd
Kenwood Towne Centre
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Phone: (513) 791-0548
These are cheaper on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Originals-Mens-Desert-Boot/dp/B0007MCUTK) however if you have Amazon Prime you can get them shipped 1 or 2 day. Amazon is also running a 20% off coupon if you sign up for their fashion newsletter which brings the price even lower. Size down 1/2-1 size of what you normally wear. I am a 10.5 but I bought my clarks in a 9.5
On the cheaper end, you can get this same style at Target for around $50. They are called the Estes boot if I remember correctly. It's called a chukka. You get what you pay for though as these won't last long. http://www.target.com/p/men-s-merona-estes-genuine-leather-chukka-boot-brown/-/A-14238857
These are also options from Amazon for around what the Clarks would be: http://www.amazon.com/Eastland-Mens-Fidelity-Lace-Up-Black/dp/B003CIPSD6/ref=sr_1_1?s=shoes&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1393961365&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=eastland+high+fidelity
Just remember to use that Amazon code if you order any of these from there. The 20% works on anything clothing or shoe item
Alternatively, if you're looking for something to wear casually and not specifically for exercise, you might want to consider investing in a pair of brown leather chukkas if you don't have some already. My Clarks Desert Boots (beeswax) are easily the most versatile shoe I own, and I get a lot of compliments on them.
These Cole Haan Air Everett slip on shoes?
I'm thinking of using for casual to semi formal. I have super shiny Cole Haan Air Garrett shoes for more formal occasions and Clark's Desert Boots in Dark Brown Suede to cover my brown needs.
Which boot color should I get!?
I mainly wear dark blue jeans, brownish corduroys, and olive khakis
EDIT: I'm an 11.5!
Clarks desert boots There's also cheaper clarks that have leather soles. (the sole doesn't get as dirty as the crepe sole)
Or if you want a bit nicer quality:
I just got a pair of these:
Brown goes with any color of chinos and doesn't look bad with jeans if they're more tapered at the ankle
Depends on where you live though too. These might not be the best for a winter area.
Yeah I don't want to spend more because honestly 90% of the day my shoes are under a desk. I just really like the comfort level of the Sketchers. When picking out shoes, I would wear crocs if they were the most comfortable things on earth, looks are a far 2nd place.
That being said, if given a choice I would want what looks best if they are all the same level of comfort.
So you are suggesting these pair of shoes/boots? I gotta be honest, they don't look very comfortable. (I have sissy feet mind you).
They come in many flavours but I suggest beeswax
I like the blazer but am not really sure about the shoes, they are as you said a bit busy and that type of shoes with elastic fastenings tends to look a little lazy. They are also synthetic leather, and will get hot and sweaty really fast. Real leather breathes more and will look better in the long run. Maybe a pair of bucks of a pair of CDBs (clark desert boots)? They are more expensive but will last a lot longer than plastic leather boots and are quite frequently recommended here on MFA.
Edit: Amazon links:
I am :) I dont own a pair but i hear on their own they are fairly comfortable and they fit they way you dress fairly well try these ones in beeswax
It would be a lot easier if we knew your budget, but the go to on MFA for chukkas is going to be Clarks Desert Boots. But every major boot maker has a pair of chukkas as well.
What's the difference between the B(M) and D(M) sizes in these boots?
yeah, the brown laces come with the boots
Probably Clarks Desert Boot
The desert boots recommendation is great. I've got a pair that I get a hell of a lot of use out of.
A suggestion: go for the "Originals" Desert Boot, as opposed to the Bushacre. The higher quality and increased comfort of the Originals is well worth the price difference. Sometimes, you can even find them closer in price.
The Amazon price on the Originals is all over the place, ranging from $70 to $130 (source).
Either way, I find the "Beeswax" color option to be highly versatile and easy to care for.
It is fuzzy. Here is a pic. Sorry for the bad quality, but I think it shows what it is enough. Here is the Amazon link - it is the Sand Suede version.
People are straight up confused if I wear dresses to work. We are not a sartorial bunch.
re: shoes, I consider pretty much anything that isn't sneakers as nicer shoes. There are some nicer sneakers though. I think these look nice. Although, double standard, because I wear sandals meant for 'hiking' about 90% of the time. Most of it while not actually hiking.
here. Select "grey distressed"
awesome, those shoes arent really my style either, just sort of a safe, classic look at a low price. Honestly both those shoes you linked look pretty cheap and awful. How do you feel about these Allen Edmonds? Much higher quality, very classy, great dress shoes, and can even be dressed down.
Are you looking for casual shoes, work shoes, dress shoes, or a combination? another mainstay classic are the Clarks Desert Boots, a great shoe for at the office or at the bar with your friends.
If you still want to find a good solid pair of shoes that are in between causal and formal, as with most people on MFA, I would recommend the Clarks Desert Boot in Beeswax.
They're recommended here so much because pretty they're not terribly expensive, can go with almost anything, and can be dressed down for a casual night with friends or up for your first date with that girl from accounting.
However, they're only good for the Spring/Summer/Fall months because they have no insulation to keep warm from the cold and the soles are slippery when wet.
If the shoes are black, then I would go with a black belt.
The ideal situation would be beeswax belt and a similar colour of shoes. Do you have lighter pants?
You're right, they're pretty hard to see. Maybe Clarks Desert boots?
My mistake. Linked the wrong page; CDBs here
Sand Suede CDB. Will be my 3rd pair (beeswax/grey leather), Bushacre
Gap Linen Plaid. Kind of like the pattern
Edit: updated link to bushacre. 1099 CDBs
If you want something that goes with black and blue jeans, I would say grey is your best option. Depending on how casual you want to go, I'd recommend vans, CDBs, oxfords, or whatever else might strike your fancy in that color.
If you're careful, something white, black, or oxblood could also work as well, but the oxblood (if it's too close to brown) and the black might not go well with blue, while the white might have too much contrast with the black.
This really belongs in /r/frugalmalefashion but let me have a look.
Edit: notich cheaper, you are already looking at a pretty price effective pair, but Clark's is always an option: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0007MCUTK/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/182-5374533-8513748
Here is the mobile version of your link
I got a pair of Clarks Desert Boots in Beeswax leather for $62.20 (with the Amazon shoe promotion) last week.
They're my first pair of CDBs, and I'm pretty impressed. Comfortable, simple design, and they look great.
I didn't mean to downplay the shoe, my point was simply that it's not quite as good as Allen Edmonds, which are also much more expensive so it's to be expected. Another alternative is the J+M Melton. A good second shoe is something like the the Lexington in burgundy. Burgundy will also work with grey and black, and it gives you a different color option. However, if you want another black shoe consider a semibrogue like this.
404 decent not found. Decent starts at construction method and the cheapest cap toe goodyear welted shoes I know of are http://www.amazon.com/Johnston-Murphy-Mens-Melton-Oxford/dp/B000UUGZN6
You can also get some of them or Park Avenue or Alden flavor on eBay for less. I got a pair of Alden cap toes on eBay in Shell Cordovan for like $100 shipped and they will last 350 years.
Yeah, you're going to want a cap toe or full cut oxford.
MFA's annual favorite from Allen Edmonds
budget option from a new company
Meermin, better than Allen Edmonds IMO. Takes a while to ship
Well established budget option from Johnston & Murphy
e-bay can be a treasure trove of lightly used and new shoes for very cheap.
their are plenty more options up and down the price scale. But these are some of the big popular ones.
What about a shoe like this? https://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Originals-Desert-Boot-Beeswax/dp/B000WU6TN0/ref=sr_1_2?s=apparel&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1518577510&amp;sr=1-2&amp;nodeID=7147441011&amp;psd=1&amp;keywords=clarks%2Bchukkas&amp;th=1&amp;psc=1
What does that go with/how comfortable are they to walk around in -- say, walk around a big city for 5-6 hours?
sorry, I mean not suede. How about these: https://www.amazon.ca/Clarks-Desert-Crepe-Beeswax-Leather/dp/B000WU6TN0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1474781067&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=clarks%2Bdesert%2Bboots%2Bbeeswax&amp;th=1&amp;psc=1
These are the classic MFA recommendations. These have a slightly more durable sole.
As to if they are good for F/W that depends where you are. The soles aren't very good on snow or ice.
I've been wanting a nice, comfortable shoe. I've been on the fence between going cheap[er] with CDBs, because I've heard a lot of good things about their comfort, and these AE Strands. Any chance you can comment further on the comfort of the Strands (or even CDBs if you've worn them)?
I'm being overloaded a bit when looking for boots. That's the last step for me as far as building my basic wardrobe and I just can't decide. I assume buying [these](https://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Originals-Mens-Desert-Beeswax/dp/B000WU6TN0/ref=sr_1_14?s=apparel&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1538090363&amp;sr=1- 14&nodeID=679307011&psd=1&keywords=chukka+boots+mens) are a basic must. Should I also buy another pair of brown boots? Perhaps something like these ?
Is that the color of the clarks you mentioned? Or are they already sold?
Is there a difference between Clark's Original Desert Boots in Beeswax vs Beeswax leather?
I'm seeing 2 options on Amazon and I'm a little confused as to which is the famous beeswax one that everyone is speaking of.
Two weeks ago Katahdins went for $168. There might be another sale in a couple weeks if you are willing to wait. No guarantee it will be 20% off, though.
You like the Earthkeepers which are chukka boots and a lot different from the Boyd boots you love. The option for these would be Clark Desert Boots. I wouldn't pay regular price, and they can get down to the $80 range pretty regularly.
Options for NOW would be Thorogoods 1 or 2 from Amazon with the 20% off shoe email coupon or Chippewa's.
You can also get Iron Rangers on sale if you wait patiently. They'll never reach your budget though but they are quality. Toe box is a little big.
You can find more options if you search for boots on FMF. This topic comes up regularly so you might find more opinions. I suggested the more frequent ones, though.
I will keep this in mind for my next purchase although are you sure you have your information correct? Both the original and the Bushacre 2 DBs are said to have crepe soles. The color I wanted was available in both styles but the Bushacres were half the price.
Looking to buy two pairs of shoes...which fits the bill for a college student to wear casually with jeans?
Thinking of the classic beeswax clark db's
and maybe some oxford's like these?
Check this link. Looks like they're on sale to me. Also could anyone help me out with sizing on these boots. I'm usually a standard US11 and take a converse size9. Does anyone here know how true to size these are?
I would stay away from Puma boots. Especially since many of those look like high tops. Here are some of MFA's favorites:
L.L. Bean Katahdin Iron Works Engineer Boots
Chippewa 6" "GQ" Boot
Red Wing Heritage Beckman
Alden Indy Boot
And of course Clark's Originals Desert Boots
Take a look at these. It's guaranteed that they'll look better initially, with age, and that you'll be able to wear them much longer.
Would the sand suede clarks be a stylish decision for a wardrobe of mostly black jeans?
The style is known as a chukka. A very popular option here on MFA is the Clarks Desert Boot, or CDB
I would prefer Clarks Desert Boot in Beeswax
I was looking at Clarks Bushacres on Amazon, and the beeswax leather does not look like it does on CDBs (Here are the Bushacres, and here are CDBs).
Is this a mistake from Amazon, or is the beeswax leather actually different on these two boots?
lol you're probably looking for the particular type of Desert Boot. Here you go buddy. And if you're looking for something more durable there is the Clarks Bushacre Desert Boot. Same shoe different sole. I'm going to get me a pair of Bushacres soon.
Clarks Desert Boots are eligible.
Also all Allen Edmonds sold by Amazon.
They look a lot like Clark's Desert boots. And if they're not, you should get these anyway because they are awesome.
if you are able to return those i would, and purchase these
They're these and the watch is a Timex weekender with (I think) this strap
I think they're normally around $91 for most sizes on Amazon
I bought this sportscoat, v-neck and denim at J. Crew.
Pic. Is this good for an evening party ?
I am also thinking of buying these shoes. Do you recommend any other shoes that goes with this outfit ?
I got lucky and got them off Amazon for $67 in late July without the 20%. The price fluctuates quite a bit depending on the day and seller. I'd say anything under $80 for new is a great deal. Keep checking the price and use http://camelcamelcamel.com/Clarks-Originals-Mens-Desert-Beeswax/product/B000WU8SBQ?context=browse
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Clarks Desert boots Beeswax 8.5M and 9M
Condition: 9M worn once for about 20 minutes, while 8.5M is New in box.
Price: $60 for the 8.5, $55 for the 9M
[Keds Triump Chambray Size 10.5] (http://imgur.com/a/P8xgX) Condition: Brand new with box, got it as a gift but it was the wrong size.
I's love a pair of these stylish MFA essential [boots] (http://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Originals-Mens-Desert-Beeswax/dp/B000WUAP9E/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=3CASBSI5280M1&amp;coliid=IIYB0VG22QR1G&amp;psc=1)
I wasn't sure, so I looked it up. Nordstrom Rack is a clearance division of Nordstrom with discounts in the 50-60% range.
> Aren't penny loafers a little formal for jeans?
It would appear that way. But depending on the jeans, you might be able to get away with the less formal boat shoe. And I recently got my second pair of desert boots (versatile piece of footwear). If you go with Clarks desert boots, I recommend following this advice. The options are out there, and we're here to help. :)
I hate to ask another question regarding Clark DBs, but is there a difference between Beeswax and Beeswax Leather? As seen on Amazon.
I'm not sure your price range, but I would probably buy these if I didn't already have 3 chukkas.
Alternately, most people seem to get them on sales for around $50-70 or on amazon for around 80-100
So I'm in Canada and the actual Amazon.com export seller is selling Clark's DB's for a tiny sale at $120. There is also the current 20% off boots Amazon promo. It comes down to $101 USD. Add shipping to Canada and import fees and it comes out to $121 USD. Do the currency conversion and fees from my MasterCard and it's ~$140 CAD. As a comparison CBDs go for $160 CAD before taxes in retail stores & online up here in Canada ($180+ CAD).
OK deal? Will there be bigger deals over the weekend or is this the best we'll probably get for a long time? Unfortunately I won't be going to the US myself anytime soon otherwise I would just buy them down there.
I bought some Clarks for every day wear. I'm not sure how they are supposed to fit. They sort of slice my toes everytime i bend, they rub on my achilles tendon area and i get blister, and my heel moves up and down inside the boot. I should note that they feel sort of tight overall, but wouldn't my heel move more if
I went up in size? I don't know which of these problems if from them being not broken in and which is from other things. This is extra worrysome because a while ago I bought some hiking boots that just shred my achilles tendon area. Am I just not supposed to wear boots?
I managed to get them at $70 from Amazon, but I think I got pretty luck if you take a look at camel^3. I'd pull the trigger at that price though because who knows how long you'll have to wait. They're wonderful shoes and paying +-$10 is worth it.
Thorogood Moc Toes
I. Love. Boots.
Been looking for my first pair of boots for the coming fall/work and was looking at these Thorogood boots. Which do you think looks better?
The Moc toe
Or the Plain toe
Amazon has this 20% boots deal bringing these Chippewa boots: http://www.amazon.com/Thorogood-American-Heritage-Plain-Toe-Boot/dp/B002QQ8XB4/ref=pd_sbs_shoe_1 and these Thorogood boots: http://www.amazon.com/Thorogood-814-4200-Moc-Toe-Boot/dp/B001QJ4I5C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1383283337&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=thorogood+814-4200 both around 120 dollars. Black Friday is also coming up, and based on boot deals from past years, should I go with the Amazon deal or wait for Black Friday for maybe a $200 pair of Redwings or something of the sort?
Yeah I'm really digging them for my first real pair of boots. The sole's chunkier than I'd like but that seems to be normal. These are the ones I have.
Well those are one of the lower end ones outside the 1000 mile line. What you are really going to be missing out on is the Horoween leather found on the entire 1000 mile line. This would be a much better option IMO http://www.amazon.com/Thorogood-Moc-Toe-Boot-Gladiator/dp/B001QJ4I5C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1346377107&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=thorogood+boots
Sizing for almost all boots is .5 - 1.5 sizes down. I usually buy 1 size down from somewhere with a good return policy and hope for the best.
What coupon are you referring to?
The shirt is definitely too long, and may be a size large overall. If the next size down is too small, look into finding a tailor.
The shoes are kind of abnormally chunky. For a similar look, you may like these, but they're not my cup of tea. I'd recommend these work boots, but go with whatever fits your style.
Yeah, I definitely understand where you're coming from. I just got out, haha.
They aren't as deep a copper, but the Golden Fox Moc Toe has been recommended often over on /r/frugalmalefashion. They run pretty big, so make sure to check into sizing advice. Eastland Lumber Up and Thorogoods are other options at a little bit higher of a price.
Thorogood puts out the exact same boot available on Amazon this week for $108.
Should I get these boots in moc toe? https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001QJ4I5C/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1505308833&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=AC_UL420_SR280,420_FMwebp_QL65&amp;keywords=thorogood+boots Or plain toe?https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000I7H5T4/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1505308833&amp;sr=8-4&amp;pi=AC_UL420_SR280,420_FMwebp_QL65&amp;keywords=thorogood+boots
Thorogood American Heritage: plain toe or moc toe? Pros and cons, versatility, etc.? I'm looking for a casual boot. I feel like the plain toe has a "work boot" feel to it and I like the "character" that the moc toe brings, but I'd like to have other people's opinion. Here's some pics I found:
Also, if someone could help me with the sizing, that'd be great! I've searched a bit (a lot, actually), and it's either half a size or a full size down from TTS. I'm a 9.5 in Vans, so I thought I'd get a 9.0D, but I want to make sure I get the right size.
I got these Thorogood boots last year and I've really enjoyed them. I also made a post and put up an album when I first went through and put mink oil on them.
If you'd like, I can throw up a picture of them after a year of pretty heavy wear. I've really enjoyed having them and they're great "beginner" boots.
Is there a huge difference between those and these? Both of them are leather and welted and both weigh about 30 ounces.
If you're considering Red Wings, check out Thorogood boots. I have a pair of these and I think they're great. American made, Vibram sole, high quality leather, equal build quality to Red Wings at a considerably lower price.
I got these Danner Mountain 600s for my birthday. After I got them I decided I would destroy the finish very quickly, they are sued instead of smooth leather and they are just a little too "sporty" for me.
I am used to being able to abuse my Charcoal Iron Rangers and then easily clean/oil them and they look brand new. That being said...I need some brown boots, a not another pair of IRs. I will be using the credit from the Danner Boots that I'm returning ($140) and I'm willing to spend another $60-100 to get something better.
I'm thinking either Danner Bull Run Moc Toes , Thorogood Moc Toes, or stretching the budget and getting some Red Wing Moc Toes.
Is there a substantial drop in quality going from the $250 Red wings to the $175 Danner to the $160 Thorogoods? I will probably still wear my IRs more, but these will get a lot of use.
Any other suggestions in that range (on amazon ~$150-250)??
Size 10 Thorogood Moc Toe Boots price down to $78
Yeah, CDB if you don't have them already. If you like mocs a lot, I have these and they break in great. Otherwise without going up to redwing a more winter boot would be this, this or this.
Personally, I'm a big fan of Thorogood boots. They're nice looking boots that won't break the bank.
These or these by that I mean from anyone whose worn both of them, what looks better and goes with more outfits?
Ha, thank you. The boots are the Thorogood Moc Toe
I would go with either these Thorogood Moc Toes or these Round Toes. They are well within your budget, look great, and will hold up well.
I got this one. Not too expensive and comfortable after a few wears. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QJ69V8
Judging by the slimmer toebox, I think they're the Bass Pasadenas
Bass buckinghams? They have black but I'd go with Navy or brown since they're much more versatile.
CDBs/Bushacres are okay too, like the guy below said, it's debate. Nobody's going to really care.
I have wide feet too, and I've found that Bass Pasadena fit's pretty wide, even in the normal width...and it comes in wide too (I've also tried on the Brockton, and it was way too narrow). You can find Pasadena's on a bunch of sites, and I recently saw them on sale for $50 at a Bass outlet. That's a good place to try them on if you have one nearby.
I just want something to wear with a button down. But i think if I do go for I will get the bass ones from Amazon they seem like a good price and quality because I don't really want those hard leather ones. I like these http://www.amazon.com/Bass-BUCKINGHAM-Mens-Buckingham-Oxford/dp/B005PMNDWA
Jeans are very dark. Which brown do you think would work best? I'm leaning towards the Taupe Suede.
I'm going to do hour-long hikes with these chippewa's after beez waxing them for waterproofing to see how they do in many different scenarios.
Maybe. Will probably go for their Pasadena shoes if I can not find anything closer to my good old shoes. Thanks!
Definitely check out Chippewa Apache. If you have to walk through snow and slush, get the lugged sole version. If not, then non lugged should do fine.
Amazon even has a 25% off promo for shoes now with code - 25OFFSHOE.
Non Lugged Sole Apache - http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0036VN958/ref=s9_simh_gw_d0_g309_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;amp;pf_rd_s=mobile-1&amp;amp;pf_rd_r=0WQKWDDS4XG4A1JCFA7H&amp;amp;pf_rd_t=36701&amp;amp;pf_rd_p=1824974342&amp;amp;pf_rd_i=mobile
Lugged Sole Apache - http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004TK2UG4/ref=s9_simh_gw_d0_g309_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;amp;pf_rd_s=mobile-1&amp;amp;pf_rd_r=0WQKWDDS4XG4A1JCFA7H&amp;amp;pf_rd_t=36701&amp;amp;pf_rd_p=1824974342&amp;amp;pf_rd_i=mobile
Other than these, you can't go wrong with Red Wings Iron Ranger or Beckman. Comes down to personal preference.
I'm looking to buy a pair of shoes or boots to go for a business casual look.
I recently bought these pants from JCrew and I'm having some trouble trying to pick a color to match. These are the shoes I'm looking at, and leaning towards the taupe or grey option.
I'm also looking at the Bass Plano Boot in taupe, but leaning towarsd the bucs right now.
the shirt is too casual for a banquet. try getting an ocbd to keep it a bit casual, but still formal enough.
the pants you have aren't even chino. they're styled in a 5 pocket design and from the looks of it, looks like jean material.
these are cheap but still suitable for a banquet. even if you don't have a banquet, you can still wear these. versatile.
also no bowties unless this is an extremely formal event.
You could go for some Bass Buckinhams
Or the bulbous version the Brocktons
Both are pretty good quality and the price isn't too bad either.
Chuck Taylors - high vs low in white? My friend says I need to get high but I really want the lows. Also, opinions on these in grey?
I'd say the most versatile brown shoe that can be worn with pants or shorts would have to be something like some Bass Bucks in Taupe. Some white Vans Authentics would be nice if you want to stick to tennis shoes, but you can actually dress up the Tan Bucks if you need to.
You can go with a derby shoe like this one from [Bass] (http://www.amazon.com/Bass-Buckingham-Mens-Oxford/dp/B005PMNDWA) or a casual sneaker. I'm wearing Converse IIs and on top of looking as great and classic as ever, they're super comfortable. But Stan Smiths, Puma suede classics, Vans, etc. are all good choices.
Maybe Bass Buckingham would be appropriate? You can get them in brown, and a taupe suede version might work too.
I feel like some [L.L. Bean Camp Moccasin](https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/10587?page=mens-handsewn-moccasins-camp-moc0 or G.H. Bass Bucks would work really well for you.
1901 oxfords or bass buckinghams? In terms of quality? The bass bucks are cheaper though. (not sure which color i'd get though). However, I have a $40 nordstroms gift card that i could use too.
I've been looking for some casual shoes that i could wear to work (college job...not that formal) but were a step up from sneakers. Hoping this fits the bill.
What colors are generally the most versatile?
Bass Bucks in java
Dockers Sayles in brown
Not sure how versatile black shoes are, I am assuming you are drawn by the color contrasting sole.
I would looking into some Bass Bucks
or something in a longwing
There is this Maliseet Oxford by Quoddy that's quite beautiful. It's not suede, but it's probably more versatile because of that. It is quite expensive however. You seem to really want a shoe like this and it would get a lot of use since you have many outfits to match... so why not save up and buy a shoe that will last?
Or just go with buckinghams. Also a good idea, though I don't know if they have a blue suede w/ red brick sole.
I'd probably go with these shoes then. I didn't particularly want to spend that much, but I couldn't find a decent color for any cheaper.
Looks to me like they're probably a pair of navy bucks. You can find them pretty much anywhere. Bass Buckinghams are pretty well regarded around here, and they come in navy, albeit with a much lighter sole. Their Pasadenas have a darker brown sole. The ones in the picture seem to be someplace in the middle, or maybe a red brick, though they look more brown to me.
Also, just for future reference, questions like this are the reason we have a Simple Questions thread four times a week, including one today!
Here is the $149 6" version and the $159 8" version
I'm not a fan but people do often recommend bean boots. You can also buy something like Red Wings moc toe boot or something similar and apply waterproofing product like sno-seal or Obenaufs to it. I did mine over a year ago and its still good, though I only really wear it during bad winter days, so your mileage may vary, but a jar is good for several applications. Also note that they will darken the leather.
I was looking at those the other day. Personally, I think they're just a bit too chunky and I think I'll probably end up getting Thorogoods instead.
Bet. You just saved me some money!
I need aesthetic advice. Black wedges or White?
Depending on how much snow is in your area, I would recommend these or maybe these. I think Amazon has a 20% off coupon FALSHOES. Not sure if it applies to both of these boots, I have not tried.
In addition to these boots, for warmth, get some wool socks like these or these. The costco socks are half the price, but owning both, I can say personally that the People Socks are thicker and nicer quality.
I'm not positive but I don't think roughout will do very good in wet conditions. Also I think if you don't like the color of the boot don't buy them, get some boots in a color you like. I'm guessing you want those because you can get them cheap locally, but if you're trying to stay cheap maybe something like this or this might work better for you. Or look for some used Red Wings.
Something with a lugged sole will grip much better than the wedge sole on all of these but I think unless you're running around in snow/ice very frequently you'll be fine, plus you could always get some cleats for them. It'll be pretty impossible to make any boot completely waterproof but they'll be quite water resistant as they are without any conditioner/wax.
Also, check out r/goodyearwelt.
If you're going for a more southern / work boot look try these:
Thorogood 6 inch. They look a lot like Red Wings at half the price.
If you want a more casual less "work boot" look, try DSW for brands like Steve Madden or Aston Grey. If you don't plan on wearing them too often, maybe even try H&M. They have a lot more boots online and in store this year.
These are the closest that you are going to get and you have to order them. Good boots, good price. If you are spending an extended time outside, wear thermal socks.
Save yourself some grief and get some real boots in that price range from thorogoods or thursdays
Can you give us some more criteria? For instance, what is it about Red Wings that you would like to avoid?
If it's the price, I would recommend Thorogood Heritage Boots (in either moc-toe or plain toe). I've worn a pair of the plain toes semi-regularly for 5 or 6 months and they're quite comfortable. I like the way they look too.
If it's the look of Red Wings that you want to avoid, that's tougher without specifics. Is there any style of boot that you know you like or dislike? For instance, if you don't like the big, chunky style of Red Wings or Thorogoods, you could try these Chippewas which everyone seems to like (but which I have never worn).
Yeah man definitely. I think the Thorogood Moc Toe is your best alternative to RW at your price. I personally have the 8" version but these are honestly your best bet. There are some different color options too.
As a fashion nerd Ill bet that the shoes are the Thorogood Moc Toe boots.
The pants could be from Levis. Not sure - H&M sells pants similar but I doubt thats what he is wearing.
Pants aren't from Levis, but the pants should be from a store that caters to bikers since theres reflective strips on there.
Thorogood Men's 814-4200 American Heritage 6" Moc Toe Boot For $100 they look irresistible.
Does it snow/rain a lot in your area or is it just cold?
MFA has its own boot guide, look here
Popular boots on MFA are: RW IR, RW Beckman, My current winter boot is the RW 875, Thorogood Moc, Thorogood Plain, Chippewa GQ, Bean Boots.
All of these boots can be found in your price range through sales and coupon codes. All would be good for light snow except for the first and the Chippewa GQ. Bean boots are the best for heavy snow.
/u/robmcc2, Thorogood 6" Moc Toe
I completely glazed over you using them in winter. Definitely don't get them then.
I went for Thorogood's earlier. Goodyear welted, pretty nice. Here they are.
I got mine on Amazon for about $130.
Golden Fox Moc Toe is supposedly good quality. Thorogood Moc Toe is the other option.
I can't think of any similar boots in that same price range right now, unless you wouldn't mind a chunkier silhouette and white vibram sole, which I'm guessing you would.
The main thing is to just look for a plainer boot, I guess. What I don't like about the Timberlands is those weird panels they've sewn on.
How should I size for a Pointer chore coat? I have a 40 inch chest so going by measurements I should get a medium but I've been told to size down. Would a small be what I need? How should I account for shrinkage in the wash?
Also, what are your opinions on jeans with a taper and moc toe boots like these? I feel like it would look a little off because of how chunky they are.
Any thoughts on these Thorogood Boots? I'm looking for a decent pair, casual pair of boots for under $200.
Eastland is kind of the bottom of the "passably good" tier. If you're strapped for cash then they'll be okay, but if you have a little more you'll be much happier going up a tier. Thorogood has moc toe wedge sole boots in the $150 range with a Goodyear welt and higher quality throughout.
Here they are at Zappos but I think you can find them cheaper than that. I'm not in the US so I can't recommend particular sources, but here's way cheap on Amazon for instance.
Dunno about UK options, but this will save you quite a bit. http://www.amazon.com/Thorogood-814-4200-Moc-Toe-Boot/dp/B002QQ8XRI/ref=cm_cmu_pg_t
edit whoops wrong link.
How about these Thorogood moc toes + these Chippewas? That way you get to have both your moc toe and your dark brown, super versatile boot. If you sign up for Amazon's shoe subscription emails you can get your entire shoe order discounted by 20%, which would bring your order to something like $225 before tax.
Iron Ranger Amber Size 8.5D -- $175 (Bought for 290 retail)
Lightly worn. Maybe a week or two. I have some dressier black laces in currently, but I still have the original laces. There's some slight creasing but otherwise looks pretty new.
Thorogood Moc-toe 6" (Galidator color) Size 9D-- $90 (http://www.amazon.com/Thorogood-814-4200-Moc-Toe-Boot/dp/B002QQ8XRI)
Worn maybe 2-3 weeks total. Hit once with Obenaufs LP (ready for winter!).
For reference I wear 9 in Chucks, 9D in AE Strand, 10 in Adidas Sambas
Pictures coming later tonight when I get home!
Here are a few pictures of each: http://imgur.com/a/jMGGw
Currently the Thorogood some leather laces on, while the Iron Ranger has some black dress laces. I have the original laces for both. If you want, I can include these alternative laces.
Edit 2: price drop on Iron Rangers and thorogoods
They look like thorogoods to me.
Amazon.com has the Thorogood Moc Toes on sale right now with the WORKSHOE code. After shipping and taxes, it adds up to ~160 euros to get them in the netherlands, which is about what you'd pay in-store for good hiking boots around here. Just ordered a pair myself.
I just bought these Thorogood mocs do you guys think they will be enough for Chicago winter? Or would i still need bean boots?
Can i match these camel cords with the taupe suede brockton bucks?
Also, what color socks would I wear then? I looked a little and should they be a darker brown?
Don't wear Birkenstocks.
something like this?
edit: I have a pair of Bass oxfords and I'm happy with them. they look nice and feel comfortable. just watch out for rain if you get something in suede
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Suede Bucs are always good.
$55 on Amazon. Though they were $38 just a few days ago. Prices seem pretty volatile.
As for the mocs, those are the cheapest I've seen. This being the alternative that I know of. :/
Thanks. I may buy those foreman chukkas. The other were very interesting, but not quite what I want for everyday use. I wanted to ask you about this though: https://www.amazon.com/Red-Wing-Heritage-Work-Chukka/dp/B0032UYMEU. They seem like they may be built more for comfort. The issue though about this and the foreman is that the soles look like they may be super slippery.
I would highly recommend these Redwings.
They normally sell for around $250 but I've seen them cheaper on ebay etc. They're by far the most comfortable boots I own.
something similar are Red Wing Chukkas.
I think your best bet is a Red Wing chukka with a lightweight foam sole
are a little less expensive if that helps
Dr Martens are a very specific kind of boot with a very unique look. Due to both look and cultural association, they're best left to punks, skins and the like. Skinheads wearing docs is definitely cool. Wearing a pair for the sole and trying to pass it off as a regular boot is not. I had a 5'4" teacher do it in high school. Nobody cared about his height, everyone cared about his shoes.
If you want a proper combat boot, check out these Corcoran Jump Boots instead. If you're not really after the combat boot look, go for a pair of Wolverine 1000 Miles, Red Wing Iron Rangers, Red Wing Beckman or the equivalent Chippewa boot.
Sweet man, Twin Cities?
I have Iron Rangers with lugged soles similar to the Brooks Brothers version, but the new Iron Rangers in Oxblood have a half-sole that would probably work well too if you want the style. Other "MFA-Approved" Red Wings would be the Moc Toe and the Beckman.
Out of those three I would recommend the Beckmans because their soles are the most useful unless you're willing to shell out the money for the Brooks Brother's Iron Rangers. I got lucky with mine and bought a pair of Iron Rangers with custom lugged sole off Grailed for about $200.
My boyfriend just bought these after owning a pair of their work boots for 10 years. I bought a pair of Iron Rangers and so far I am in love with them. I'm a U.S. women's size 7, sized down to a men's 4.5.
I'm petite (5'1, 108 pounds) and was worried that they'd look chunky on me, but the cork sole on the Iron Rangers slims them down quite a bit. They're ostensibly men's (they're not currently available in women's sizes yet) but they have quite elegant lines. Here are a couple of shots of them on (excuse crappy iPhone quality).
Personally i just need boots for casual use. Something that is fairly stylish but can take a beating without somethig getting lose or falling off etc. I would also really like something stylish along the lines of the red wing ranger boots http://www.amazon.com/Red-Wing-Heritage-Iron-Ranger/dp/B0032UYNKI
And my budget is something along the lines of 250 USD. But all recommendations would help.
similar to op and can last decades with proper care
The IR is actually all rubber: http://www.amazon.com/Red-Wing-Mens-Iron-Ranger/dp/B0032UYNKI
That's a good idea to cover the leather, though.
Part of the reason wee recommend nicer shoes is because they handle wear better -- higher quality leather, resoleable, etc. That said, if you want to go with red wings, they're sturdier and probably look better dirty, and will probably occasionally go on sale for a similar price.
They're on sale for $200 through amazon right now. Is this too good to be true or legit?
Nearly 200? I think you mean nearly 300.
I need help choosing a boot: Red Wing Iron Rangers or L.L. Bean Hawthorne boots
Only looking to get one of the following, but am new to buying boots, FRYE Mens Tyler Lace-Up Boot or Red Wing Iron Rangers.
I also can't decide which color will go with my usual outfit, this and this is what I normally wear, a nice shirt, sometimes a sweater, and jeans(or chinos).
I purchased a pair of red wing iron rangers for roughly $200 final sale after shipping and unfortunately they do not fit.. wondering if anyone would be interested in them here or if anyone knows of a place I could sell them. Thank you!
Red wing iron rangers size 11
Same style as the boots in the link provided
Oh man, MFA is almost information overload, but thanks for pointing me there.
Jackets, I like Filson's Mackinaw Cruiser, Tin Cruiser, and Packer. I think I might just have to bite the bullet and pay for the quality. I know my Grandfather has had one of the Mackinaws for close to 60 years now and it is still in heavy use. I really like the Packer, but it would need a wool insert to be warm enough I think.
For Shoes, I like this from Red Wing, but it is pricey.
As a Minnesotan I endorse the Red Wing Gentleman Travelleler or the Iron Ranger.
I was able to purchase both, after shopping around and using RetailMeNot for coupon codes, for ~$175 and I will have both for years and years.
Red Wing Iron Rangers have almost the same style. Great boot, even if its the posterboy boot on this site.
290-58 (20% off from shoe newsletter signup)=$232 when bought through amazon, + 2 day free shipping
My reservations: I already have CDB and a Chippewa GQ's, one year old each.
http://www.indochino.com/product/essential-navy-suit vs http://www.indochino.com/product/essential-blue-suit
Been reading recently that the blue is less versatile than the navy, but I feel like the navy suit is too close to black which I already have but maybe you guys know better.
Love this cardigan sweater
First boots: Alden or Amber Iron Ranger's? $75 dollar difference with the Alden's on sale, but I might be able to find the Ranger's cheaper somewhere? I like to save moneys.
I just came across these listings for some Redwing, and Wolverine 1k's that I'm interested in, even if they aren't the cap-toes.
Edit and these Iron Ranger Heritage
This is what I found
Really nice boots but I guess I'm looking for something very similar with a cheaper price tag. Thanks though!
I was looking into buying some Iron Rangers. I can get Copper ones for cheaper than on Amazon at a store nearby, but I think they only have Copper. I can't decide if I want Copper or Amber - the copper pair I tried on looks lighter than it does on Amazon, and I'd like a darker boot since I don't have dark brown shoes. Does anyone know how the Coppers looks like after some wear and tear and care (e.g. the red wing leather dressing)?
I'm no so sure it is.. This boot is linked directly from the MFA Fall fashion guide that has been added to the Side Bar. As well as on the Red Wing Website.. it says it's muleskin leather? I haven't the slightest clue of what that is.
I need to buy some boots for the first time. I was thinking of these Red Wing Beckmans, but they're kind of expensive for a college student. Is there something similar for a lower price point ($100-$200?)
At the very least, will these go on sale sometime soon?
No problem, these are good questions. The mini-lug sole on the Red Wing Beckman boot is good for getting traction in wet, muddy/nasty conditions. It's rubber so it's okay to get wet without worrying about care after the fact. You can see it better in these pictures. Think of it like a lower-profile hiking boot sole.
The Wolverine 1000 Mile boots have a smooth leather sole. That type of sole is lower-profile and can be dressed up a bit more, whereas the Beckmans are marginally more casual. Leather soles don't do well in wet weather, and they don't offer a lot of traction. Some people have a rubber half-sole put on the front of the Wolverines to protect the leather; it should run around $30 at a cobbler. Alternatively, you can wear the leather soles until they wear through and have them resoled with rubber soles like on the Red Wings, or another rubber sole of your choice.
The white Vibram wedge rubber soles that come on some Red Wings is a great-looking option and very distinctive. It has traction that's better than the Wolverine but not as good as the Beckman. It also can get dirty really quickly, so if keeping the boots looking sharp is important, you might want to stay away from those light colored soles.
I live in Southern California, so I wear the Wolverine 1000 Mile boots often. It's dry here and so the leather sole is fine. I plan to have them replaced with Dainite soles when they need to be resoled.
Anyway, let me know if you have further questions. You can't go wrong with any of those three; it's just a matter of climate and aesthetics.
Remember not to wear your boots two days in a row, and always put shoe trees in them after you wear them. This will let them dry out from foot sweat and will GREATLY extend the life of your boots.
Looking for feedback to compare the LL Bean katahdin plain toe with the Red Wing Beckmon.
I have a pair of Iron rangers and a pair of the LL Bean katahdin cap toe boots so I'm familiar with each. Basically what I'm looking for is a both that can take some snow, slush, rain and still be dressed up enough to wear in a more business casual environment.
I actually prefer the fit of the katahdins to the red wings but am concerned that they will be too casual for my needs.
Other boot recommendations are also welcome.
Newbie here, I've been in the process of re-inventing my wardrobe and one thing I'm severely lacking is shoe variety. What I have now are some Grey Vans Authentics, some Clark's Beeswax DBs (awaiting arrival), and some black Allen Edmond's Park Avenues.
What I'm looking to get next:
Personally, I'm leaning towards the Arkansas, but I want to be certain. Do I need them? Should I get a darker color, because I'll have Clark's as well? Which boot/color are most versatile?
(Pants selection includes: indigo, dark blue, black and black washed denim, and tan, khaki, grey and navy chinos.)
A repost at the advice of a friendly member of the community - I just nabbed a pair of Oak Street Bootmakers Brown Trench Boots and Natural Cap-Toe Trench Boots for a total of $326, tax included. I'm a little floored at that deal. These will be my first really nice boots, after a pair of Tan Rodeo Chippewa Apaches and a pair of Cherry Red 1460 Doc Martens (I got them for around $10 at Urban Outfitters... I couldn't say no, now they're my rain boots!) I have a couple questions regarding my most recent purchase...
(would swapping in waxed round laces bring them up a notch? I think the contrast of a darker lace on the natural ones would help them out, too.)
tan rodeo, rare breed
Chippewa is your best bet.
This or This, would be a great all weather boot, rubber sole, rounded toe, and highly durable.
Spend the extra $40, it will be worth the investment in the long run. Had mine about 2 years with F/W wear only.
there's this and with some conditioning and wear the brown will likely darken but those aren't on sale, at least not this one
Don't forget these.
you can get the Chippewa Apache with a steel toe https://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-Mens-Steel-20066-Lace-Up/dp/B00413PX3G
With your price range, you should look into Chippewas.
However, you're limiting yourself to some great boots at your budget.
These Justin boots are what I purchased mainly because they'll make it through a metal detector. And although I can't recall the name the little frill on the bottom of the laces is removable.
If you don't need to worry about metal detectors I'd go Chippewa all day.
[here] (http://www.chippewaboots.com/footwear/footwear/outdoor/shop-all-outdoor-boots/55074) are some composite toe chippewa boots and [here] (http://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-Six-Inch-Chocolate-Steel-Toe-Lace-Up/dp/B00413PX3G) are some steel toes that are better looking imo. I own the non-steel toe variant of this boot and after 3 heavy MN winters they now need a resole. If I had sized correctly the boots most likely wouldn't have creased as bad as they have.
If anyone likes the Chukka style but doesn't want to spend $229, I wore these when I had to wear business casual for years:
Clarks Desert Boot
Clarks Men's Bushacre 2
Tbh I have no idea. I can check for you tonight. I wear 10 and I do remember there being a little extra room so probably 10.5 TTS.
Here's the amazon listing I purchased from: https://www.amazon.com/CLARKS-Mens-Bushacre-Chukka-Boot/dp/B004DCNN64?th=1&amp;psc=1
they'd definitely work
Like the "Dark Brown" ones here (not the beeswax ones you see when you click the link):
if these are your "moccasin style dress shoes", then what you're looking for are chukkas (or the "desert boot").
I've got a pair of those clarks, and really like them, though the soles are a super weird soft rubber material that will wear at the edges and darken quickly, but they find a balance pretty quick, so you don't need to worry about eating through the sole super fast.
I also just picked up another pair from CK, which have a much nicer sole, but are super narrow for my usual tastes.
Yes, or a Clark's Bushacre 2, which is what I have.
I leave in two day, and I'm confused about if I need to bring my own running shoes or not. I know that the shoes that I need to bring need to be closed toed, but they don't have to be running shoes because running shoes will be proved? If that is the case, will it be ok to bring my boots Clarks desert boots?
The ubiquitous Clarks Bushacre 2 is worth mentioning, because you can grab them for less than $70 shipped in the US. I usually wear holes through the soles of shoes within 6-9 months, and while those holes have started showing up at the 10 month mark, the upper is fine even though I don't really take care of them. It's not uncommon for the Bushacres to be on /r/frugalmalefashion for $65. Journeys and Macys carry them for $79-$120. Let me know if you want pictures.
Florsheim and John Varvatos offer some options with a dressier look around the same price, though I can't offer any first hand experience with them.
Browsing through /r/goodyearwelt may be of benefit to you if you're looking for high-quality, made to last footwear. Goodyear welting means the upper is stitched to the midsole, so when the sole wears out a cobbler can replace it. These shoes tend to be pricier, starting around $200 new for the decent stuff with the diminishing returns coming in around the $800 mark for most people, but in general, you get what you pay for.
Here's a great article on chukka options to look into should you decide to spend a bit more.
Would mink oil also be a good fit for the type of leather used on the Clarks Bushacre 2 in beeswax? If so, would it make them a darker brown? I love the boots, but I do wish they were just a tiny bit darker.
I'm sure you're familiar with them, but here are the exact ones just in case.
Not sure what your size is, but if it's 9.5 D(M) US, it's $54.41 for beeswax with prime.
I've been planning on buying the Clarks Bushacre Desert Boots but I'll be travelling to New York in the end of December, and I wanted to know if it can handle, cold and wet weather? Is there anyone who's tried them out before and can vouch for them?
And contemplating on buying a AP Fitzroy backpack
I just got these, any suggestion for business casual belts that would match?
Also if I wear these with jeans, is there a specific type of belt I should wear?
Chippewa Handcrafted or Chippewa Apache
I live in North-ish Georgia so it's not like we get constant snow. But when we do, the ice and snow is pretty bad. Rain has been getting a bit more frequent in the winter, so that + cold = bad. I'm thinking Apache, any advice?
If you like the Chippewa's they have a version with a lugged sole so it should be better in the winter. Here it is
As far as sleekness goes, I think Tretorn would be up your alley if you like the look. It's basically a rubber rain boot with a lug sole and fleece lining. No personal experience but it looks like it would be nice, especially if you wore wool socks.
Or, if you wear lug-soled Chippewas with wool socks you'll be fine. They make the same boot with a normal flat vibram sole, but it wouldn't be as good in snow and ice.
Oliberte. I've got a pair of Domos and they feel great and are definitely tough. And a bunch of them happen to be on sale right now on Gilt and Jackthreads. The styling might be an acquired taste, but I love mine.
And they're similar to the Mali in that they're pretty minimally lined and structured, as opposed to something like an Apache with a more defined shape.
Okay, I don't know what his aversion to leather is so I'll ignore it-
Chippewa Apache (Lugged if he wants the extra traction)
Clark's Bushacre II
Maybe some New Balances or Nike flyknits; some low top trainers would look fine too (samba, killshot)
I've had the same experience. They're bad enough that I'm looking for another pair of boots for going out when it's icy. I was considering these which are the same upper but a better sole, but I might look around at some other boots.
these with 20% off coming to 120 ish and shipping
[or these that stay at 135 with free shipping] (http://www.ae.com/web/browse/product.jsp?productId=7211_1046_200&amp;catId=cat2770116)
I need boots for winter, im going to be walking around campus when it snows.
Lug sole version
My size (11) came down to $105 and some odd cents
No problem. I saw you replied to the other guy that you were from Northwestern, me too! I'm gonna be a junior in Weinberg. go cats.
Although I don't know exactly what socks you're talking about, I have heard of Darn Tough, and yep, that's the kind of sock I mean. I'm talking about wool hiking socks that you get from REI or another outdoor store. I got a nice thick pair of REI brand wool socks for 7 bucks last year, and they've been no worse for wear since then.
About the boots, I can't give you any personal recommendations, as I've been using a cheap off-brand boot for the past two winters (before I got into fashion) and am in the market for some Red Wing Beckmans or maybe one of Chippewa's new service boots. Another cheaper option that people suggest here is Chippewa's Apache boot, because the price sometimes drops below $100 on Amazon, if you use their coupon. Again, I do not own any of these boots myself, I'm shopping for them as well, so I suggest you look into it some more. Make sure you also learn to take care of your leather boots, that can really help stretch your money.
Worst months are definitely January/February. Usually when I go home for winter break it's only in the 30s or 40s in Chicago, and then I come back in the new year and the temps are in the teens. Yep, the fall months are pretty nice, they start getting down to 60s and 50s but that's pretty much sweater weather. So, you definitely have a lot of time before having to make any of these purchases.
Let me know if you have more questions!
Don't the Apaches have a big lugged sole? Seems odd if you're falling on those, since that's generally what's recommended in a winter boot.
I keep a pair of Yaktrax in my car for winter hiking, but they're a bit overkill in a city, I think.
Truman. $250-450 is a weird zone, you have Chippewa lug sole for under $200 (Don't know if they are also too bulbous for you).
It makes you wonder if $250-450 is a range for bulbous toe only...
Any recommendations on making these good for snow? I've heard sno-seal isn't always the greatest with this leather.
Are these different (minus the outsole) from the 20080 here https://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-20080-M-Apache-Lace-Up-Boot/dp/B004TK2RPS
I have a pair of Chippewa Apaches that are great all-purpose boots. I wear them in rain and snow; they're a bit heavy for hiking but they're great if you need adventure-proof boots. I clean mine with saddle soap and condition with coconut oil and I anticipate them lasting a long time. I've had mine for a year and a half.
Was looking for a pair of boots to get for winter. Nothing super heavy-duty, just some light snow/ice occasionally. I've seen people recommending the Chippewa Apache GQ lacer, and I like the look+price, but I had a few questions.
Try these instead. Essentially the same boot from the same manufacturer with a grippier sole. That said, you could also re-sole the other boot for about $70 with a grippier sole if you really like that one better.
Have your pick
I'd suggest this for snow, look at that sole!
or just pick any of the others that has that sole ;)
Chippewa Apache has very good sole for snow walking (they are not magic spikes but they are miles better than cork soles or gasp leather soles. - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TK2RPS/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687522&amp;pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&amp;pf_rd_t=201&amp;pf_rd_i=B0036VN958&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_r=1Z9V9J6J5Z2YVZ7VMQCA
Thorogood's are also viable options although I don't have personal experience with wedge soles but I have read online that they are good enough in terms of traction.
Lugged sole version is below. Far better on ice/snow. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004TK2RPS/ref=pd_aw_sims_5?pi=SS115&amp;simLd=1
You can buy the Apaches on Amazon
if it's just packed down snowmobile trails you'll be fine, but otherwise you might want to look into something like these
Planning on getting a new pair of boots, something that can handle Michigan weathers and be comfortable enough for walking to class on a regular basis. I was debating between the Lugged Chippewa or the Red Wing Lugged Moc Toe, but I'm open to other suggestions. Trying to keep the price below $175 (I found the Red Wings on sale for $150). Any thoughts?
The ones you linked aren't lugged dude. You might've been thinking of these
So of these boots, which one would you choose:
Chippewa Men's 6 Inch Rugged Boot
Chippewa Apache Lace-Up Boot
Chippewa Men's 8 Inch Briar Insulated Waterproof Logger Rugged Boot
Chippewa Men's 73100 Lace-To-Toe Logger Boot
Chippewa Men's 20085 Boot
Ah. I live in Canada also and I recently purchased these through Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-20065-Handcrafted-Lace-Up-Chocolate/dp/B0036VN8M2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418489691&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=chippewa+boots.
They're a good sturdy boot that will protect your feet from getting wet, but the sole isn't the best for when things get slippery. They'll hold up, but you might slip here and there.
There is also this model, but I'm not sure if that is too "hikey" looking for you. http://www.amazon.com/Chippewa-Mens-20080-Chocolate-Apache/dp/B004TK2UG4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418489691&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=chippewa+boots
For heavier winters (I'm from Illinois), would something like Chippewa Apache Lace-Up boots like these be a good choice?
Term you're looking for is bucks I believe.
Check these out in tobacco. http://www.amazon.com/Thorogood-814-4200-Moc-Toe-Boot/dp/B002QQ8XRI
Unlike most red wings they are made in America. Better quality IMHO
These Thorogood moc toe boots are somewhat similar, albeit a little taller and chunkier.
Here are some links for the product in the above comment for different countries:
This bot is currently in testing so let me know what you think by voting (or commenting).
Beeswax is the best and most versatile, but if other colours suit your taste go for it.
Clark's Desert Boots. They may not look like much by themselves on those pictures, but if you try them on they look awesome. They work well with casual clothing and can be worked into more formal clothing. They're not too formal, nor too casual.
Try searching Google Images for "desert boots wearing" for pictures of men wearing them, so that you know how they look.
If you google "chukka boot" or "desert boot" you may find cheaper. Urban Outfitters have them. If you ebay it, you may find even cheaper -- and, depending on what you choose, better quality, after a repair.
Nothing surprising about that.
I'd also suggest checking out Dappered and Primer Magazine. Both are very well run men's fashion blogs that focus on affordable clothing.
One thing that you'll find is that even guys looking for "affordable" clothing do not skimp on shoes. Shoes are an investment. $50 for a pair of vans are fine, but when you're talking about nice leather shoes/boots, you're going to spend some money. A $250 pair of shoes will be intimidating, but if you take care of those shoes they will last you a decade+. A $100 pair of shoes will be done in 6-12 months depending on how much you wear them.
For a college guy I'd suggest you get a pair of:
> Clark's Desert Boots in Taupe Suede.
> A pair of canvas sneakers in a color that's not too crazy. I like these.
> And a pair of Johnston Murphy wingtips. These are an affordable pair of shoes that can be used in a semi-formal environment and dressed down with jeans.
J and M Melton in Bordeaux would fit your requirements. $175 is a bit high for them, I bought mine for $50 from Amazon Warehouse and usually can be found on eBay.
The Thorogood is 20% off on Amazon with coupon code SPSHOE14. For a size 10.5 that's only $128, and you have it in 2-days with Prime.
And the 6-inch is even cheaper (obviously).
Timex Weekender- $30 FS http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004VR9I4C?ie=UTF8&amp;force-full-site=1&amp;ref_=aw_bottom_links
Spend a few more $ for this awesome watch, or wait for it to go on sale (happens fairly frequently).
Otherwise I would just hold on to it to buy some ~$40 levis jeans or dockers alphas
or Clarkes Desert boots ~$70
Thorogood makes this boot at a better price... And they're made in the USA. http://www.amazon.com/Thorogood-814-4200-Moc-Toe-Boot/dp/B002QQ8XRI
If you want do everything boots then why not get some more neutral boots like Chippewa Apaches? The Thorogoods are much more casual/workwear and would look out of place with business casual.
I don't think you dress all that poorly for a 19-year-old college student, for the record, but if you want to change your style to something (a) more mature and (b) that she will be impressed by, do the following:
Step 1: Go to J. Crew (probably J. Crew Factory, if there's one near you - similar stuff, and much cheaper)
Step 2: Buy 5 button-down shirts you like, 2 polo shirts, 1 pair of dark blue jeans (can also get this from Levi's, which might be preferable actually), 1 pair of Driggs pants (navy, brown, or dark green)
Step 3: Buy a nice pair of casual shoes. I've been getting a lot of compliments on these recently, and this is a great price for them (I paid 79 euros for them when I was travelling in Europe this summer, didn't know they had U.S. locations until I just checked). /r/MaleFashionAdvice has been recommending Clark's Desert Boots for a long time, and you can't go wrong with them either.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the same as those ?
Amazon has a sale on a bunch of different colors for it, including brown.
"Brilliant!", vorin chuckled to himself as he continued to break in his new J&M Meltons.
They are a Chukka boat. Cut just above the ankle.
Cheaper on Amazon.
i could use the karma.
clarks desert boots