They are not cheap. For a pair of Alden Shell Cordovan, I could get a pair of Red Wing Beckman and a pair of Wolverine 1000 Mile.
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My favorite dress shoes are Provare, but it's a small custom cobbler in Rome. I bought 2 pair while on vacation (black and brown), I think they were @200 Euro each, but they're the most comfortable dress shoes I own. I went in, was sized, chose the leather, and they did the rest. "This is style you buy, other is no good. You will trust me, I make shoes for 40 years!" LOL!
I stick with Allen Edmonds. They might as well be custom. I have been wearing them for 30 years and they fit so well right out of the box.
Yeah, he was a funny guy.
Really liking these from Allen Edmonds:
I just love double monks! I have a very similar pair (ferragamos), I find their leather to be a bit more pleasant than most AEs
I dont think anyone suggested that monkstraps weren't fashion-forward (except the OP, though I hope he didnt actually wear them to an interview)
Oxfords are very formal, great for an interview or party to be sure, but I never wear mine to work
Part of the reason to buy shoes is fashion. In fact, it's the most important reason, right after comfort.