Ben - Chicago sports fan, Proud Dad of twins
Rockports aren't really dress shoes, I know they have some dressy styles but they are not what you want if you want dress shoes. Allen Edmonds sells mostly dress shoes. I am a big guy and used to think that the more "cushiony" Rockports were better but the solid support of my Allen Edmonds ended up being just as comfortable. I used to have Rockports as my go to shoes, they were what I almost always wore, but the quality on my last 2 pair were disappointing and my Allen Edmonds are nicer and do last longer. I am done buying Rockports, the money spent AE is worth it (also Aldens are a great choice).
That being said I can't say I would last 10 or 12 hours constantly on my feet doing sales...however, my brother does and he wears Johnston and Murphy's (which I also own).
Johnston and Murphy, I think those are what you are looking for, shoes that are better than Rockports that look like dress shoes and would probably help you through your day and are in between the two on price. I like Bostonians too for that matter, but I like the Johnston and Murphy as a closer to the feel of my Rockports and closer to the look of my Allen Edmonds alternative.
And if you can afford it get a least 2 pair of whichever you choose (or at least plan on getting at least a second pair soon) and rotate them and use shoe trees as this will more than double how long they last.
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Please don't tempt me to buy anymore.
I'll echo the J&M sentiments. I have 9 or 10 pairs of J&M's and they are the most comfortable shoes in the $100-150 range. I do have a pair of Ecco's but I like the J&M's better. J&M may still have a walk in our shoes promotion (website says March only) - anyway, worth asking about a test drive:
I love mine. I'd be hard pressed to buy another brand for the money.
Allen Edmonds company stores have what they call seconds (I think that is the term they use) on some models and sizes. If you are fortunate enough to find what you are looking for, I would be comfortable in purchasing them. I am not sure if the private shoe sellers have that category.
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I am also in outside sales and on my feet a lot. I think good shoes are important if you are in sales.
This may or may not be an option for you.
I rotate through about 10 pair of good dress shoes like AE, Aldens, Florsheim etc.
I have not paid more than $20 for a pair of good dress shoes.
Believe it or not I buy mine at thrift stores. I just picked up a pair of AE's that might of been worn once or twice, they were basically brand new, retail $325, I paid $12.
I am very picky about my thrift store shoes, I generally only buy high end, like new shoes, although I do have a few pair of vintage wingtips because you just cant get that kind of quality in new shoes.
Some people wont buy from a thrift store, especially shoes, but I find that I can wear a lot higher quality shoes and clothing if I buy used.
Today I didnt find any shoes but did buy 2 like new Brooks Bros shirts for $6 ea.
I wore these shoes today...this is a pic from when I bought them, needed a clean and a polish but turned out looking like new and are fantastic shoes
I bought these 2 pair of Italian shoes, brand new, never worn, $10 a pair...retail well over $500 a pair
Like I said it may or may not be an option...I love good shoes...I just dont like the price of them
Here's my take. If you're going to wear them 5 days a week and can get two pairs of Rockports for the price of one pair of AEs, get the Rockports. I've owned many AEs and Aldens as well as Rockport/Florsheim/J&M and know that if you have one pair of shoes that you wear 5 days a week you will destroy them. It doesn't matter how much you care for them or how well they're built, 5 days a week in outside sales is HARD wear.
That being said, having two pairs of Rockports will allow you to rotate, allowing them to dry out between wears and last a lot longer. After a year or so maybe get a pair of AEs if you really want them and rotate them into your shoe cycle. At that point, as the Rockports die over the next couple years replace them with more AEs if you can and eventually you'll have 3 pairs or so which is enough to only wear a pair once or twice a week. Then for the next 30 years you'll never have to buy new shoes, just send them into AE for recrafting every few years.
I bought a pair of brown Rockports, they look really nice. I'll post pics tomorrow. I plan on buying a pair of black AE wingtips in the next week (I think I'm going to go with the MacNeils).
However...heres the wrench in the whole situation...I hear the news today that our company may be moving to dress code "2.0"--polos for summer/no ties in the winter. I'm not sure that wingtips will be a good look with polos/more casual look. Because the summers are so hot here in SC, I would do the "2.0" dress code in the summer but I still plan to wear shirt/tie/jackets in the winter. This may be a good excuse to grow my shoe collection to at least 6 or 7 pairs :)
Ben - Chicago sports fan, Proud Dad of twins