Buying High End Dress Shoes? 10 Mistakes To Avoid

Buying High End Dress Shoes? 10 Mistakes To Avoid

Buying High End Dress Shoes
[0:00:00] So, you walk into the store and you see them. You are in love. The most beautiful pair of shoes you have
ever laid eyes on. Shoes
are the foundation of your wardrobe, they’re worth investing in. That being said, nobody wants to waste their
money on a pair of shoes that they never use. In today’s video, ten mistakes that you
want to avoid when you’re going out there and investing in high quality shoes. [Music]
Mistake number one and the biggest mistake that people make when they’re buying shoes
is that they equate value with price. They are not the same thing. Let me introduce you to my style theory of
value. The style theory of value goes that value
is equal to the number of wears times the way it makes you feel divided by the price. So, you bought the shoes for 50 bucks thought
you were getting a great deal, but when it comes down to it, you put them on, they hurt
your feet. And when it comes down to it, you wear them
a total of five times. How did they make you feel on a scale of 1
to 100? We’ll be generous, we’ll give them a 10. So, we’ve got 5 times 10 – 50. 50 divided by 50, a value of 1. Now, this other pair of shoes cost you $500,
but when you bought them you just love the way they look, the way they fit, the way that
they feel. You wear them five hundred times over the
next few years and you think about, okay, how do they make you feel? On a scale of 1 to 100, they make you feel
like a million bucks. A hundred we’re going to give it. So, 500 times 100 divided by 500. This have a value of 100. Now, I want to stress, I’m not saying that
you got to spend $500 on a pair of shoes, what I am saying is pay attention to how the
shoes fit, pay attention to how they make you feel and those are the key factors. When you get a pair of shoes that you absolutely
love, you find excuses to wear them and they make you feel like a million bucks and that’s
what style is all about, building up your confidence, so you can go out there and be
the man you know yourself to be. The next mistake you want to be careful of
when investing in a high quality pair of shoes is overpaying. And two main ways you’re going to be overpaying. One is you’re going to go for a fashion
label, you’re going to go for a brand name, but oftentimes you’re just paying extra. A lot of margin to that brand simply to get
that name and no one’s going to be able to tell on the shoes. Another way you could overpay is you can go
with a particular brand that really just it’s a great brand like John Lobb or maybe Alden,
great companies. But, the problem there is not everyone needs
to be spending $800 or over $1000 on a pair of shoes. I personally believe that there are so many
options out there. With the internet, it has really leveled the
playing field. Nowadays, you can buy directly from companies
that don’t have big store fronts and are able to pass on the savings. And with that being said, gents, I want you
to check out Ace Marks, the paid sponsor of today’s video. I’m linking to them down in the description. What I love about this company, quality at
a great price. Gentlemen, these are $600 shoes that are selling
for a fraction of that. These guys are creating some of the most comfortable
shoes you’re going to find out there. And, what I love about Ace Marks is their
blake flex construction. Basically, the shoes are built so they’re
lightweight, they’re flexible, they don’t require a break-in period, they’re comfortable
right out the box. And I absolutely love all the options all
the different styles they’ve got. They’ve got your base foundation shoes. Then, you’ve got these fashion-forward pieces. These things right here, again, it’s not
too fashion forward, but I love the blue suede in here with a little bit of broguing and,
you know, right here the wingtip that can get you compliments every time you wear and
help you stand out from the crowd. And, guys, if you haven’t been to the website
lately, you need to get over there and check out this new tramanto patina. A patina is where you add layers and layers
mixing colors together. This is a sign of very high quality shoes
because it takes a lot of work. This is all handwork that goes in over in
Italy. It is going to stand out without actually
being over outlandish or anything. It’s just something that screams for attention
while still being subtle and stylish. I’m linking to Ace Marks down in the description
of this video with the best discount code you’re going to find out there. Use it or lose it, guys. Great company, I’ve talked about them for
years. Absolutely love how they bring you affordable
shoes at a great price. Take advantage of this. The next mistake you want to avoid when buying
quality footwear is don’t start off with an eccentric style. You want to go with a classic workhorse. Why? Because you’re going to get more wears out
of it. You got a black, you know, cap toe oxford
right here. This right here is going to work with any
type of business attire, a suit. Maybe you want something a bit more casual,
then maybe you go for a blutcher in brown, a little bit of a cap toe right here. If you buy something that’s eccentric, I’m
not saying that you’re not going to wear it and maybe it could be a great investment. But, I do think that you should start with
your foundations first. So, the next mistake men make when they’re
investing in high quality shoes is they can’t spot quality. Again, they think they got a great deal until
they notice those shoes are glued. These shoes are made out of plastic. Just because it’s shiny does not mean it’s
stylish. So, the issue with poor quality shoes is not
so much the gluing, I mean that’s bad because it’s eventually going to fall apart and
it can’t be resoled. But, really if they glued the shoes together
they didn’t use quality components on the sole, they didn’t use quality components
on the upper. [0:05:00]
When you’re looking at a pair of shoes, you want to make sure first off what type
of construction did they use. You want to look for a Blake stitch or you
want to look for a Goodyear welt. Both of those are great and, yes, some people
I know prefer one or the other. But, again, what you want to look at is the
stitching and on the bottom not always going to be possible. This one right here has a rubber sole and
that does not mean that it isn’t going to be blake-stitched or Goodyear welted. But, what you normally want to look for is
going to be a leather sole and you can see the stitching right in here. Now, with the Goodyear welt, I’m also going
to be able to see stitching right here on the outside. With the blake stitch you won’t be able
to see that, you would actually have to take out the inner lining of the shoe and you would
see the stitching on in there. I’ve got an infographic for you. Check this out right here. And, as you can see I’ve got tons of details
about the construction. I will link to that down in the description
if you want to go check it out in more detail. The next mistake is only buying one pair and
I’m not saying that you got to get the same exact pair. But, I would say you know what? If you like that little bit of contrast right
there, why not get two pairs of shoes that serve. The thing is you don’t want to have one
pair of high quality shoes that you wear every single day, you want to rotate. You want to give the shoes time to breathe. And, speaking of breathing, the next mistake
is not taking care of your investment. You want to have a quality shoetree. A shoetree made from cedar is going to basically
it’s going to pull a little bit of moisture out, but also it’s going to keep the shape
of the shoe. So, you want to invest in a quality pair of
shoetrees specifically those made for the shoe. The next mistake, some guys think that polishing
their shoes or using a conditioner somehow optional when it comes to your shoes. Guys, if you want your shoes to last especially
more than one winter, you need to take care of them. This is your first line of defense. What this does is when you put a wax on them,
it creates a thin film of layer. That layer will protect your shoes not only
from the elements from water and from salt, but also abrasions. So, whenever you knock it up against something,
guess what? It just knocks the layer of wax off, it doesn’t
penetrate the shoe. Now, sometimes it will, but what you’re
looking to do is create that thin layer of defense that’s going to help your shoes
last longer. The next mistake men make after they’ve
invested in a high quality pair of shoes is they do not store them properly. So, first off, whenever your shoes are a little
bit moist, do not put them next to heat next to heater, next to a fire, that is going to
damage the leather on your shoes. Also, you want to make sure to use that shoe
bag. If you bought form a high quality manufacturer,
they should have given you a shoe bag. And, also, keep the shoe box because you can
put them in the shoe box and that actually allows you to even stack them in your closet. So, the next mistake that men make when they’re
buying high quality shoes is they don’t pay attention to the details because they
don’t know what details to look for. So, first off, look at the heel of the high
quality dress shoe. It should be something that it’s broken
up into multiple pieces. This is layers of leather. Now, these layers of leather, yes, do have
a bit of glue in there, but they should have tacks. Basically, small nails that are right in here
in this, this right here is a sign of high quality. Another small thing I like is when they’ve
got a bit of rubber gives you a little bit of traction. Each company does this a little bit differently. Now, another thing, when you see broguing
on a shoe and those are small leather holes perforations here, you want to make sure that
they’re very clean. Another thing you want to look at when you’re
going in and you’re looking on the inside of the shoe is that it has a leather lining. So, if it doesn’t have a lining, then basically
there’s not protection from your sweaty foot to go to the outer part of the shoe. Another thing is the stitching. So, if they’ve got that lining, you want
to pay attention to the stitching. They should be a single stitch and it should
be pretty even around the edges. Another mistake, you want to make sure before
you leave the store before you leave the company that you find a belt that matches. This color right here is actually kind of
difficult to match, so you want to go in most companies they’re going to have a series
of belts that work. Another thing is to find a polish. Ask them which polish you can apply. But, in any case no matter what they tell
you, make sure to always test the polish on the tongue of the shoe and see if it does
any type of discoloration before you actually apply it right here on the upper. So, this next mistake I probably could have
started with and that is do not work with companies that don’t care about you. Basically, companies that have bad customer
service and they’re out there. I hate to say it, but there are some companies
honestly they don’t care. I like smaller companies or larger companies
that have great customer service because for me if I’m going to spend good money on a
pair of shoes, I want it to be something that’s going to last a long time. And if the stitching starts to come apart
which can happen on any company with any type of build, sometimes just there’s bad quality
or bad batch. You want to make sure that you’re going
to be taken care of. Now, at this point you may have questions
about which dress shoes to actually buy, which ones are going to be the dressiest, which
one is going to be the most casual. Guys, I’ve got you covered with this video
right here and I rank ten dress shoes from the most casual to the dressiest type of dress
shoes out there. So, guys, check out this video, I’m linking
to it down in the description. And, gents, don’t forget go check out Ace
Marks. I’m linking to them down in the description
with the best discount code you’re going to find out there. And, go check out these new – this new line
of shoes, this really nice patina. I can tell you, this right here is going to
help you stand out from the crowd. It’s just a small detail, but when people
see this, they’re going to be, wow, where did you get this? So, guys, go check them out. I’m linking to them down In the description. Gentlemen, that’s it. And like I said, I’ve got tons of resources
over at Real Men Real Style when it comes to shoes, so if you want to see some of the
infographics, you want to grab the E-book. Guys, I’ve got you covered when it comes
to footwear. And, that’s it. Take care. I will see you in the next video. [Music]
[0:10:33] End of Audio

100 Replies to “Buying High End Dress Shoes? 10 Mistakes To Avoid”

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    Video Summary:
    DO NOT equate value with price – 0:32

    Spending too much money – 1:51

    Starting off with an eccentric style – 3:58

    Unable to spot quality – 4:27

    Not using a quality shoe tree – 6:08

    Not using a shoe polish or conditioner – 6:24

    Not storing them properly – 7:01

    Not paying attention to details – 7:48

    No matching belt – 8:53

  2. Hey Antonio do u keep the shoe tree inside the shoe as long as its not in use of do u keep it in for a specific amount of time after your done wearing it?

  3. I love shoes and it seems like I can never get enough of them lol, however, I take your advice Antonio by buying good quality and take care of them so they last me a long time and I get my money out of them.

  4. Here's a tip.

    1. Find your size for Allen Edmonds shoes.
    2. Go to shoebank for their factory seconds.
    3. Buy a wingtip, an Oxford, and the most absurd looking shoe such as the Dalton or Broadstreet spectators, because man needs a high quality clash shoe.

  5. I am a big fan of your's and have learnt a lot from you about style. You are literally an inspiration for me…….. But sir, i just wanted to ask, the wax that you said to apply on the shoe rather than a polish (cream), but the wax is applied only in the hard surfaces of the shoe (like the toe cap area)….. Otherwise if the wax is in the middle portion of the shoe, then it creates creases while walking…… So just to ask you, does applying wax to the whole shoe have any bad effects on the shoe?

  6. Love your videos, ive been binge watching them non stop. I never cared about dressing nice, but do now, and have started small. But I have a problem. I'm a bigger guy, with huge feet. I wear a size 15 wide normally. And the rockports I have are fine, but not amazing. What kind of dress shoe style would compliment my feet instead of accentuating it weirdly? Plain toe, round for, square toe, Oxford, etc.

  7. Could it be a coincidence that I received a pair of Ace Marks dress shoes (wholecuts, specifically) before watching this video?

  8. I backed their last kickstarter, looking forward to my 1st pair from them hopefully in the next week! I ordered a more loud oxford that's blue and grey. It's going to look stunning!

  9. You’re amazing Antonio ! That’s why I like her videos, RMRS is enough,You don’t need to subscribe many channels.
    Much love from Pakistan 🇵🇰

  10. The value equation should also include something that accounts for the business value of shoes. Frankly I don't like oxfords (I like Derbys) but I own them for the office and job interviews. Your shoes do create an impression and that has value. I doubt your shoes alone would get you the job but the wrong one certain can cost you the job with observant interviewers.

  11. Personally if you go Italian and pay a resonable price you won't be disappointed. I keep mine for years and just buy a different style as and when the mood takes

  12. These companies talk about keeping the prices down by ‘cutting out the middle man’. That’s funny. There’s me thinking I bought my Tricker’s, Church’s and Crockett & Jones directly from the manufacturer.

  13. Antonio you should go ahead and patent that equation. You might even want to quantify "the how does it make you feel" part with a questionnaire that you fill every time you wear the shoes or after 10 wears or so

  14. Going from the low key, relaxed early videos to this one is pretty shocking. This is almost like an extreme sports video. Wow. Pretty damn intense.

  15. Great Vid, helpful for sure

    A comparative video would be awesome

    Maybe something like Allen Edmonds compared to a couple online companies like ace marks and beckett simonon

  16. I really love your videos. Superb content. I love that it’s not just about style but it is very informative too. This is one of my favorite channels.

  17. Antonio 3 to 5 pairs of very good Cowboy boots round toe, horseman heel, leather sole, army midsole, saddle vamp, single stitch, pull holes. 15" Upper $200 to $300 per pair are better than Dress Shoes no Mistakes To Avoid, Your Shoes Get Wet the smell of wet shoes not nice, I do not worry about bad weather as much in Cowboy boots apply some water protector to the boot to help keep water running off the boot instead of being absorbed into the leather. Conditioner, Polishing from time to time your set

  18. For the love of god no REAL man will ever say that these are the most beautiful shoes he has ever seen.. Stop it and change out the word beautiful with stylish or modern but never, ever say out loud these are beautiful shoes.. Antonio I award you no points and may god have mercy on your soul..

  19. "you make excuses to wear them" Recently I've gotten into boots and any time I can wear my sand suede chelseas. . . oh you better believe I'm wearing them. Who said shoes could only be loved by girls

  20. glued dress shoes can be resoled, i can even resoled them my self why many ppl said that glued dress shoes can't be resoled?

  21. Antonio do you have any other quality boot recommendations aside from Thursday? I have a pair of those but looking for something else in brown. Not sure if I like the EVA midsole, it doesn't seem too durable and they can smell.

  22. Which shoe from ace marks has a more rounded toe box like the barrie last from Alden Shoes or like vintage Florsheim imperials?

  23. My personal favorite brand for dress shoes is Allen Edmonds, but I’m gonna have to check out Ace Marks! Thanks Antonio, love the videos!

  24. Sometimes if you are at the right place at the right time you can find some real bargains. I recently was at an estate sale where I picked up a pristine pair of Allen Edmonds with the cedar shoe trees for $10.00. Also I think it is also just as important to keep the insides of your shoes in good condition as well. I always get a cheap pair of air pillow insoles to keep the inside footbed of my shoes looking good. I just replace as necessary.

  25. For guys with wide feet, where would you recommend they go to purchase dress shoes from? I have gone with Florsheim in the past and have liked their products, but I wanted to try something else but have not been able to find any other stores that offer the right sizing. I have even checked ace marks a few times per your recommendation, but didn’t have much luck with their sizing. Please let me know!!

  26. Another great video Antonio 🙂
    Can I have a small request ?
    Would it be possible to cover a little bit more the shoes you hold in your hand at 03:12 please ?
    I have tested a Barker(brand in Engalnd UK) shoes just like that over the weekend and they had to be made for my feet but I'm not sure if they are just a 1-2 years fashion piece or they can stay in fashion for years to come. I think that they will fall into casual category.?
    Thank you

  27. Another great video Mr. Centeno! Did not even think about checking how clean the perforations are. I have to say though, I am not really liking this new hairstyle…

  28. Am I in the minority for the fact that I only buy shoes that I can try on in person at a store? I've never ordered shoes/boots online. Just seems like a hassle, especially if you want something that fits. Ace Marks look nice, as well as Thursday Boots, but I have to try them on before buying something like that. I live between Pittsburgh, PA and Cleveland, OH, so it's a bit limited for higher end stuff. The best I've found so far with a balance of price & quality has been Johnston & Murphy. Anybody have any other recommendations?

  29. Excellent video but I would add one thing, a shoe horn. They cost almost nothing (high end companies will often include them) and they save the back of your shoes from wearing out before their time.

  30. Instead of the simple points like manmade vs leather material or poor fitting shoes; why don't you cover nuances such as why a $145 pair of India manufactured Cole Haan's may be better than Allen Edmonds that can cost 2-3 more, have a harder break in and not always last longer. Why didn't you compare a leather shoe from Johnston & Murphy for $165 to the Acemarks that start at $260. Maybe show us how to purchase quality shoes for less than $175? That would be useful. If one has basic knowledge of quality, it's easy to buy good shoes that are priced above $200.

  31. The fake patina is so tacky. It’s awful. Patina comes with age and wears and is a natural thing and not something somebody paints on a shoe. It’s as bad as pre-distressed denim and leather. Anyone who wears something like this doesn’t know shit about style.

  32. Received my AceMarks: Henry Double Monks in the Diablo Tramonto from the 3rd Kickstarter campaign a couple weeks ago in December 2018. The wait was worth it. Love, Love, LOVE them!! Hopefully they stand the test of time!

    Erstwhile, Thank YOU Antonio, for continuing to deliver QUALiTY content! Time to go read-up on Shoe Maintenance now!!

  33. You Americans are so direct and transparent about sponsorship. I love that, we might be too subtle in Europe. Anyway I love your channel always instructive, hearing things I heard in french helps me maintaining my English skills.

  34. They are not $600 dollar shoes. These are mid range shoes (which the consumer has a ton of options in the $200-250 range. Taft, Beckett Simonon, and so on, you just aren’t advertising them), no where near the quality of Allen Edmonds.

  35. How many times a day do you guys switch shoes?
    Because nobody seems to think that wearing a pair of shoes 500 in 365 days is a lot 😂

  36. Hey Antonio, when you talk with your shoe maker/seller sponsors, tell them the need to offer wide widths. I hate seeing do many cool shoes that o can't buy.

  37. I just recently looking to buy 3 pares of shoes. 1 dark brown loafer, 1 black oxford derby's, 1 maroon 2 clip monk straps. I can't wait 🙂

  38. Is there a maker of fine dress shoes who make them for those of us who have prosthetic legs? We have to have sturdy, stable , tightly fitting shoes so that we do not stumble and fall. Please help because I cannot find any.

  39. What is the actual discount if I can ask? Do I have to go through the check out process? Never mind It doesn't seem to be valid anymore

  40. Walmart wrangler slip ons are amazing. They’re $15, or probably a nine on comfort level, and lasted me at least six months while working at a hardware store and running around a lot as a student, sometimes I also wear them while I work out. Probably the best value possible for shoes, in my opinion. Obviously, dress shoes, but fantastic for casual or around the house type situations.

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