I feel like we talk about brown leather dress shoes… a lot.
I much prefer brown leather dress shoes over your typical black pair (because black is mostly uninteresting).
On top of that, guys seem to default to black dress shoes. You need to stop settling for default choices and saying to yourselves, “Meh, good enough.” It’s important to be a little daring, step out of your comfort zone, and do things the rest of your peers are not doing.
So brown leather dress shoes are a step in the right direction.
But, to those still stepping up their game, what makes a “good” pair of brown leather dress shoes? Can you just pick any pair that looks brown and leather-like? What qualifies as the “right” pair?
Well, what better way to explain than with pictures, am I right?
The WRONG pair of brown “dress shoes”
Here’s what you’re looking for… so you can avoid them. I say “dress shoes” because these aren’t really what I had in mind when I told you to go out and get a great pair of shoes.
I only pointed out a few things here, but you get the general idea. If you see any of these elements on a pair of shoes you’re considering, it’s best to back away slowly, turn around, and run.
The RIGHT pair of brown leather dress shoes
And here’s a good example of the kind of brown leather dress shoes you should look for when purchasing your first (or second, or third) pair.
These are the Fifth Avenue model by Allen Edmonds via Zappos. The characteristics I pointed out above are what you want to look for the next time you’re on the hunt.
Things like a narrow, sexy silhouette, leather upper and outsole, classic stitching, broguing (if you like it, i certainly do), the right heel height, and a Goodyear welt (the top-notch hand sewn construction, attaching the sole to the upper part of the shoe).
Depending on your budget, this particular brand might be pricey to you. Not everyone can afford $325 shoes. But if you were going to own one pair for years and years, Allen Edmonds is one of the brands you want to explore.
Not only are they of extreme quality, they look damn sexy, they’re made in the US, and they even offer a recrafting service for all their shoes.
For a fraction of the cost of a new pair, you can send your AEs in and have them resoled and cleaned up. After a few weeks, you’ll get your shoes back, looking better than ever.
Buying A New Pair Of Shoes vs. Recrafting Old Ones
Why not just buy a new pair? Because, don’t you think we throw away too many things as is? Plus, well-made stuff look better with age, and usually, well-made stuff is designed and constructed to age well.
Most cheap shoes aren’t meant to be worn years and years. Shoes like Allen Edmonds are (that’s why they offer a recrafting service in the first place… I’ve seen pairs that are 20+ years old looking as good as ever).
Plus, here at EG, we’re all about identifying and shopping for quality items, things that last, and using them for years.
Why buy a $50 pair of “dress shoes” that last one year before the sole comes unglued and the “leather” starts to flake, rendering them completely unwearable?
Find the right pair of brown leather dress shoes at any price point
Even if you can’t plop down four bills every time you need a pair of shoes, that’s fine. It’s not always about spending top dollar.
You can find these specific characteristics in a $100 pair, as well as a $1500 pair. Just keep an eye out for the details I’ve outlined above.
And if you want to prolong the life of your shoes, two basic tips:
- Buy cedar shoe trees. Put them in your shoes the minute you take them off, right when you get home.
- Buy multiple pairs of shoes. If you find yourself wearing the same pair every day, you should have 2-3 pairs so you can rotate. Try not to wear the same pair two days in a row.
Boom. That’s it!
Questions about brown dress shoes?
Unsure about certain parts of the right pair, or why a certain wrong pair are not ideal (and why you should avoid them like the plague)? Let’s hear it in the comments below.
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