The best advice is often the simplest advice. Blogger Unabashedly Prep says, “Go Brogue, Not Broke.” Sure, at some point in his life, every man deserves a pristine pair of Church’s to care for and call his own. (It’s potentially the best investment he’ll ever make.) But, as U.P. explains, “A used pair can tide you over until you’re ready to splurge.” Last summer, I scored an immaculate pair of Allen Edmonds McAllister‘s (retail price $325) for $30 at a moving sale in the West Village. U.P. found the above Cole Haan’s for $20 on eBay.
Used dress shoes also make perfect “kick-around” shoes — ideal for rough treatment, and one’s off-hours when lesser men resort to ratty kicks and those inexcusable hybrids (part dress shoe, part sneaker). You know who you are.