Antrim wrote:This is all correct, but not everyone has $$$$ to invest in shoes among other things as a 1/2L. Now that I know I'll have some income yea I'm upgrading to real shoes, but back then I (and many other 1Ls going into OCI) simply don't have the resources to buy top-notch everything, so I got what looked best in the short run to look passable for the week.
I hear you. But the idea that its "f-ing stupid" to buy nice shoes, and "no one looks at your feet" and "no one is going to notice the difference" is just 100% false. I think it is pretty difficult to tell the difference from a distance and without touching between a nice suit and a cheap one, or a nice shirt and a cheap one, or a nice tie and a cheap one, without having Pufer-like knowledge of dress clothes. With those items, you can go cheaper very easily and still look good if they fit right. But with shoes, its easy to tell the difference, and even an untrained eye can do it. I've said it 100 times IRL and on TLS: nothing ruins an otherwise good look faster than crappy shoes.
If someone really can't spend more than ~$100 on shoes, then I'd say to go with some Bostonians or Florsheims (the NON-patent leather shiny garbage) in a captoe. They will be passable, but they 1) won't lost as long, 2) will be noticeably cheaper, and 3) may very well end up costing more in the long run. For a little more than that price range, you can find J&M and Cole Haan on sale in the mid-100s. Both are decent shoes, but like another person said, going for this "midrange" of prices is kind of silly. AE Seconds and non-seconds brand new on sale can be gotten for a little over $200, and I got a pair of the Brooks Brothers AE McAllisters for like $130 shipped last year.. Or alternatively, you can buy lightly used AEs and Aldens for under $200 on Ebay. I've gone that route many times and have never regretted it.
If I can just TL;DR my point:
Okay the shoes posted in the OP were terrible. But paying 200-400 for fucking shoes is just stupid. No one is looking at your shoes. I have used 40-80 dress shoes for the last two summers and it worked out great. No one notices what the brand is as long as the style is right. Just don't buy really crappy shoes and no one will be able to tell the difference.
LOL at posting Brooks Brothers shoes. What a waste of money. If you are a partner or an associate that has paid their student loans off then go nuts and splurge on BB shoes. Otherwise get some quality knock offs and put your money towards your loans.