All In The Details is a new series of punctual articles targeted at the distinct, often overlooked details of a particular article of clothing.

Expect each one to be quick yet ultra informative regarding the details you should look for (and the ones you should avoid) in the items you buy and how you wear them. The littlest things can make the biggest difference.

Some of these may be refreshers to you, some may be totally new. Just think of All In The Details as your style CliffsNotes when you need quick clarification.

Seems like some of you still aren’t hearing me out. Not all leather shoes are the same. Just because they’re brown (or black) and leather (or made in a material that resembles leather), doesn’t mean you’re buying the right shoe.

In order of importance when buying a new pair:

  1. Shape and silhouette
  2. Price
  3. Brand

Here’s what I mean. You can buy a pair of black, square-toed, thick-soled “leather” shoes for $150. I’ve seen ’em. They exist! You paid a price where you’d think you’re getting your money’s worth, but you’re not.

On the other hand, you can get a great looking shoe (classic silhouette, slim sole, rounded toe box… see below photo) for the same price. You can even find them for less. There are deals out there, just remember that it’s first about shape and silhouette, then price, then brand.

Price and brand can go hand in hand, and often with an increase in price, youre getting an increase in quality. Not all the time, but generally speaking.

Also, the better the brand, the better the quality (typically). Brands charge what they do for a number of things, one of them being the level of quality in their items.

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