Quick Tip: Awesome looking shoes that don’t break the bank

April 2, 2012 · 61 comments

in Quick Tip, Shoes

Editor’s note: Just so you know, this isn’t a sponsored post and I’m not compensated in any way for writing this, nor are any of the below links affiliate links. I found the following to be interesting and worth your time, and so I’m writing about it here.

So, you’re in a predicament. You know the right kind of shoes to buy, and you want to invest in a quality pair. But, you know quality costs money, and you aren’t in a position to drop $500 on some Alden wing tips, or even $350 on a pair of Allen Edmonds.

What’s a dude to do?

Well, you shop at Aldo, that’s what.

Why you need to pay attention to Mr. B’s

And no, I’m not talking about myself (though you should pay attention to me as well). Mr. B’s is a small-scale operation within the larger Aldo shoe brand.

For the last few years, I’ve largely written off Aldo, mostly due to the construction quality of some pairs I’ve owned (meh), and my inability to find more classic silhouettes; they tend to skew overly-trendy or square-toed and thick-rubber-soled. Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum, right?

Mr. B’s, however, is completely different. The shoes are all leather, the silhouettes are classic, the toe box round. Here’s a more detailed description of Mr. B’s construction and quality.

The best part?

You can pick up a pair for around $150. Found a great pair on sale? Consider that icing. On the cake. The well-dressed, leather-swathed, carefully-constructed cake.

What? I’m not even making sense anymore.

Check out Mr. B’s for Aldo here

Awww snap

I know how hard it can be to find a good looking shoe with decent construction and quality at a price you can stomach, so hopefully Mr. B’s bridges the gap a bit. At least until you save five bills to drop on those Aldens.

Even if you are ready to upgrade, it wouldn’t hurt to keep a pair or three of these in your rotation. Just sayin’.

Till next time!

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Barron is the founder and editor of Effortless Gent, a site dedicated to helping guys figure out what looks best on them. He's based in San Francisco. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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