Save on Suede
Ryan Plett from [you_have_broken_the_internet] dropped a recommendation for these reasonably affordable Johnston & Murphy suede derbies, which weigh in at $135 full retail.
If you’re looking to cut corners on shoe spending, this is exactly where you can do it. The suede in casual shoes like these serves the same purpose as corrected-grain leather - it helps cover up imperfections in hides, allowing the shoemaker to save money on cheap leather. Unlike corrected-grain leather, though, it still looks perfectly decent. Maybe not quite as lustrous as fine-quality suede, but plenty good enough.
Similarly, the rubber soles on these casual shoes save the manufacturer money, but they’re also appropriate for the shoe style. Since you’re unlikely to re-sole a rubber-soled buck anyway, the advantages of quality construction, like ease of re-soling, are greatly reduced. These are knock-around shoes, and you should pay knock-around prices.
If you buy a wingtip at full retail and pay $125, you’ll get something that is very obviously of poor quality. The leather will be visibly cheap - shiny and plasticky. The shoe won’t be resolable, and will be unlikely to last. It’s simply not a good decision.
Buy a suede buck for $125, and it’s a different story. When it comes to suede casual shoes, $125 buys you a shoe that’s pretty darn close to what you’d get for $300, at least in practical terms. There will be a difference: the construction of the expensive shoe will be better, the materials better, the styling perhaps more elegant, but the performance gap is much, much smaller than with a dress shoe. And when you consider that shoes by mid-range companies like Cole Haan and Johnston & Murphy can often be found on deep discount, there’s no reason you have to spend more than $75 or $80 for a pair of bucks or suede saddles.

Save on Suede

Ryan Plett from [you_have_broken_the_internet] dropped a recommendation for these reasonably affordable Johnston & Murphy suede derbies, which weigh in at $135 full retail.

If you’re looking to cut corners on shoe spending, this is exactly where you can do it. The suede in casual shoes like these serves the same purpose as corrected-grain leather - it helps cover up imperfections in hides, allowing the shoemaker to save money on cheap leather. Unlike corrected-grain leather, though, it still looks perfectly decent. Maybe not quite as lustrous as fine-quality suede, but plenty good enough.

Similarly, the rubber soles on these casual shoes save the manufacturer money, but they’re also appropriate for the shoe style. Since you’re unlikely to re-sole a rubber-soled buck anyway, the advantages of quality construction, like ease of re-soling, are greatly reduced. These are knock-around shoes, and you should pay knock-around prices.

If you buy a wingtip at full retail and pay $125, you’ll get something that is very obviously of poor quality. The leather will be visibly cheap - shiny and plasticky. The shoe won’t be resolable, and will be unlikely to last. It’s simply not a good decision.

Buy a suede buck for $125, and it’s a different story. When it comes to suede casual shoes, $125 buys you a shoe that’s pretty darn close to what you’d get for $300, at least in practical terms. There will be a difference: the construction of the expensive shoe will be better, the materials better, the styling perhaps more elegant, but the performance gap is much, much smaller than with a dress shoe. And when you consider that shoes by mid-range companies like Cole Haan and Johnston & Murphy can often be found on deep discount, there’s no reason you have to spend more than $75 or $80 for a pair of bucks or suede saddles.

40% off one item at ColeHaan.com today. A decent value for generally well-styled, passable quality shoes.

40% off one item at ColeHaan.com today. A decent value for generally well-styled, passable quality shoes.

Episode 3: Clothing Credits

Intro:

Suit - J. Crew

Shirt - Thom Browne

Tie - Carrol & Co. (Vintage)

Square - Vintage (Courtesy: Grand-Uncle Philbert)

Shoes - Nordstrom

On Set

Suit - J. Crew

Shirt - CEGO Custom Shirtmakers

Tie - Courtesy  of Berg & Berg

Shoes - Gieves & Hawkes

Square - Holland & Holland

Nerd Boyfriend Picks

Jacket - J. Crew

Shirt - Uniqlo

Pants - Hentsch Man

Shoes - American Apparel

On Roxana

Shirt - Marc Jacobs

Skirt - Marc Jacobs

Rudiments

Tie - Turnbull & Asser

Q and A

Blazer - hickey

Shirt - Lands’ End

Pants - Incotex

Tie - Benjamin Bixby

Shoes - Sebago (Vintage)

Square - Grand-Uncle Philbert

John from Reading sent us this picture of an outfit he wore to work the other day.  In many ways, it’s a pretty quiet, straightforward work outfit, but John was proud to point out that he’d spent only $150 or so on the whole ensemble, soup to nuts.
Here’s his breakdown:
Jacket - Lands End Overstock - $500 down to $80 Shirt - Gitman Brothers - Thrift Store - $3 Trousers - Bills Khakis - Warehouse sale - $20 (I live in Reading PA) Belt - Brooks Brothers - Salvation Army Family Store - $1 Shoes - Cole Haan - $200 down to $50 Socks - Gold Toe - Clearance bin - $3 Tie - 100% Silk, made in USA, UPenn store - Flea Market in a retirement  home - 25 cents Silk Pocket Square -  Yard Sale - 50 cents
That’s something we can get behind.

John from Reading sent us this picture of an outfit he wore to work the other day.  In many ways, it’s a pretty quiet, straightforward work outfit, but John was proud to point out that he’d spent only $150 or so on the whole ensemble, soup to nuts.

Here’s his breakdown:

Jacket - Lands End Overstock - $500 down to $80
Shirt - Gitman Brothers - Thrift Store - $3
Trousers - Bills Khakis - Warehouse sale - $20 (I live in Reading PA)
Belt - Brooks Brothers - Salvation Army Family Store - $1
Shoes - Cole Haan - $200 down to $50
Socks - Gold Toe - Clearance bin - $3
Tie - 100% Silk, made in USA, UPenn store - Flea Market in a retirement home - 25 cents
Silk Pocket Square -  Yard Sale - 50 cents

That’s something we can get behind.