How to choose your first pair of formal shoes

Advices le 23 October 2012 par Romano as "the garagerocker"

You could wear sneakers your whole life but one day comes and the question of getting your first pair of formal shoes can’t be avoided: an interview, an internship, a new job… This choice is even harder considering the fact that you don’t planned any budget for that, and a first pair of formal shoes may appear expensive.

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Which style?

As your first pair, you may choose it strategically: insofar as possible it should match your different outfits. You should also like it (not obvious when you buy this type of shoes for the first time). Also think your entourage may better like them, starting by your boss who would judge the way you are deressed including your shoes (that’s not a legend), you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Do not pick something too “fashion”, with a too much pointed toe. Bet on a big classic: a black pair of Oxfords with a cap toe. Nice shoes you could wear with a black/blue/grey suit as well as raw denim for more relaxed days or evenings.

What budget?

Ideally, allocate at least €150 for your first pair of shoes. Starting from such a budget can be found shoes in a decent leather, well finished, with a quality construction. Favour “Goodyear” shoes: a welting technique giving the shoes a certain sturdiness. Then you can consider keeping them 5 years instead of changing each year. On a long-term basis you will save money! Paying the price will also make you taking good care of them :>

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A second pair

If you have to wear formal shoe during the whole week, you have to get a second pair. Particularly because it is better not wearing the same pair two consecutive days: for feet health and if you want the shoes to last longer. It may be interesting getting your second pair in another color, another style: a pair or brown derbies for example, matching well blue suits. An option could be aubergine, such an original color matches everything!

Where do I get them?

Sarenza is a good online retailer: free delivery/return and interesting brands such as Finsbury, John Spencer and Marvin & Co. Also check Yoox with a lot of Italian brands like Maldini. They are restricted but their price/quality ratio is ok. See also Amazon.com for a.testoni and Allen Edmonds.

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