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As I was getting ready to write about choosing a good pair of leather dress shoes, I came across this well-written article that pretty much covers all the bases, and then some. I just had to share it with you guys. Why reinvent the wheel if it was already invented, right?

Read the article from here.

Take note that this article was written in 2008, but every piece of advice is still relevant today. It will still be relevant in 2018, and probably 3008. I can’t say that for sure, but I wouldn’t doubt me.

Don’t forget

I think one of the basic—yet most important—ideas in this article is to buy quality. Don’t sacrifice a couple dollars for a subpar shoe. You’re looking to spend at least $200-$300 brand new (or if you’re a slick eBayer, $200-$300 for a shoe that may cost $500-$600 new). There’s a reason a good shoe costs this much: the quality of the material and the quality of the construction.

Average your cost over the total days you will use said pair of shoes, and spending $200-$300 isn’t that outlandish. A quality pair will last you years, maybe decades, compared to a cheaper shoe made from synthetic material with crappy construction.

Also, a quality pair can be repaired, resoled, and refinished. There’s no point repairing a subpar shoe, so you’ll end up throwing them out and buying another pair. Save yourself the trouble; read this guide, then go out and find yourself a decent pair of shoes.

Let’s hear it

I’m sure there are naysayers out there. Or maybe not, maybe you totally agree with me. What’s your take on spending top dollar for a nice pair of shoes? Let us know in the comments below.

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