I wanted to do a series of profiles on different products just to inform our readers on what they should look for when buying. I’ll talk about quality, what brands make it the best and the different styles. I wanted to start with dress shoes first because I just picked up a great pair myself.
Decoding The Dress Shoes
The Black Cap-Toe Oxford by To Boot New York– This is the pair I just recently picked up for a great deal at Nordstrom’s Rack
To Boot New York is known for their classic looks. Adam Derrick their head shoe designer worked in Italy for 20 years and knows the art of shoemaking. As you can see the stitch in the bottom that shoes the detail put into the shoes. Nordstrom’s, Barney’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue all carry To Boot.
Brown Wing-Tip Brogue by Church’s Footwear
Church’s was founded in by Thomas Church and his three sons in Northampton, England. It takes up to eight weeks to produce a pair of Church’s shoes. Each pair undergoes 250 manual inspections before it leaves the factory. They offer great styles that are never outdated.
The Black Monk-Strap by Berluti
Berluti was founded in 1895 by Italian Alessandro Berluti and is now run by Olga Berluti. Their brand has very limited distribution and can only be found at their New York Store five select Barney’s locations and eight locations in Europe.
The Brown plain-toe loafer by J.M. Weston
J.M. Weston is a French luxury shoe company founded by Eugene Blanchard in 1927. Their shoes are only sold in their own boutiques and other luxury stores.
Now I know these shoes are high-end and very expensive, but their are a few companies who make quality and very stylish dress shoes.
Here is a video from GQ about shoes