Anyone know where I can find black wingtips with a thick-ish sole?
unfortunately I’m probably one of the worst people to ask about my shoe sizing because my collection really ranges. for example, I’m mostly in the 10 (43) range for dress shoes and nicer items, but need a 11.5 or 12 (44.5/45) in Nike because i have a narrow foot with a small heel so i slip out a lot, kind of like janet at the Super Bowl. with that said, my indys are 9.5 (42.5) and my alden cordovan wings are 9s (42). best advice is if you can try them on do it because they do run a little big.
short version - buying shoes for me isn’t easy.
"So now that we got ties out of the way I have basically the same question about shoes. I have sneaks, I have dress shoes. And until recently, I never had anything in between. Rules for casual classy shoes" - Anonymous
Above I have a picture of most of my shoe collection. These are the shoes I have in rotation pending the season and weather. Most people don’t need to have this many shoes, hell I don’t even think I need all of these, but I do like them all! Looking at the picture you can also see that I have a bit of an addiction to brown boots, which my friends bring to my attention every time I mention wanting a new pair.
Continuing the theme of quality, here is a video on Horween Leather. Horween leather is made in the USA, and is one of the top producers of shell cordovan leather.
Shell Cordovan leather is known for its rich properties that allow it to go longer without polishing, as it already has more nourishment in the hide. This also allows the leather to fend off scruffs as demonstrated in this video. Although shell cordovan shoes are typically much more expensive than calfskin shoes, you will see how much goes into the making of these shoes and how little raw materials can be produced, it’s worth it.