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    Thread: Need suggestions for shoes comparable to Ecco but more "trendy"?

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      02-18-2012 07:23 PM #1
      Ever since I tried on a pair at Nordstroms a few years back I have bought absolutely nothing but Ecco brand shoes for work (office, suit & tie type environment) and formal occasions. They are incredibly comfortable and it's like walking on air, but they are not the most stylish pair of shoes for a 20-something year old. I'd like something more trendy that I can wear when I hit up the clubs but will work with suits/office and won't make me feel like I'm wearing my grandpas shoes. I realize it won't be as comfortable as Ecco and I will have to make some compromise. Suggestions?


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      02-18-2012 07:26 PM #2
      Dont know your price range but cant go wrong with a pair of Ferragamo

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      02-18-2012 07:34 PM #3
      I want to buy 2-3 pairs so I'd say $150-$200 per

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      02-19-2012 04:06 AM #4
      I picked up these 2 Hugo Boss shoes from Nordstrom Rack for ~$150 per. I still need 1-2 pairs of brown shoes


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      02-19-2012 11:43 PM #5
      I tried the same thing. I came back to ecco

      what you can do is look at ecco's european sites..
      much more of a selection.

      ordering them can be a pain. but its worth it.
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      02-20-2012 04:33 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by 4th Branch View Post
      They are incredibly comfortable and it's like walking on air, but they are not the most stylish pair of shoes for a 20-something year old.
      Ha! Oxymoron. That's kind of like going into an Eddie Bauer store and looking for something comparable to Rock & Republic jeans.

      I had a pair of Ecco's in college that i got from Goodwill. They were goretex so I'd wear them golfing. the really old codgers were always griping about me wearing such "nice" shoes to golf in.


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      02-29-2012 07:37 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by JimmyD View Post
      Check out the offerings from Cole Haan. Some of their shoes use Nike Air technology in the insoles and soles.
      I did try on a few pairs of Cole Haan and was pleasantly surprised

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      03-02-2012 01:17 PM #9
      Hugo Boss shoes suck. I'd never get another pair. Cole Haan's are an inexpensive alternative that can be very comfortable though.
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      03-08-2012 02:27 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Neb View Post
      Hugo Boss shoes suck. I'd never get another pair. Cole Haan's are an inexpensive alternative that can be very comfortable though.
      pretty sure nike makes their soles.

    10. 03-08-2012 04:15 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by glx2.8 View Post
      pretty sure nike makes their soles.
      Nike owns Cole Haan.

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      03-15-2012 12:05 AM #12
      Cole Haan and Johnston and Murphy are my favorites for reasonably affordable stylish nice shoes

      that said, I like classic looks for my dressier shoes, but CH offers a lot of variety

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      04-20-2012 02:36 PM #13
      haven't tried them yet, but I found these while searching for ecco alternates:

      Allen Edmonds

      http://www.allenedmonds.com
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    13. 04-20-2012 09:55 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by whiteboy1 View Post
      haven't tried them yet, but I found these while searching for ecco alternates:

      Allen Edmonds

      http://www.allenedmonds.com
      Allen Edmonds makes a very good shoe.

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      05-22-2012 07:30 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by osiris View Post
      Allen Edmonds makes a very good shoe.
      Love mine!



      Not my pics, but same shoes

    15. 05-23-2012 12:35 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by enzo1187 View Post
      Love mine!

      Not my pics, but same shoes
      Indeed. I have walnut Strands and black Park Avenue's.

      Allen Edmonds is the entry point for really well-made "investment" shoes, IMHO.

    16. 05-23-2012 04:36 PM #17
      Wow, those Allen Edmonds are NICE.

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      06-15-2012 12:17 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by whiteboy1 View Post
      haven't tried them yet, but I found these while searching for ecco alternates:

      Allen Edmonds

      http://www.allenedmonds.com
      been wearing these since high school. they're very very expensive but they're worth it. they last for years if you keep them dry and clean. plus you can get the soles redone. i've been getting clarks lately, but if you need more trendy you could try aldo. not good quality but cool looking.

    18. 06-26-2012 12:49 PM #19
      Rockport has some comfortable dress shoes that are also trendy. Try looking at DressSport TW or Business Lite. They have adidas adiPrene cushioning in them and ergonomically designed outsoles.
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    19. 06-26-2012 08:02 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by borapumpkin View Post
      been wearing these since high school. they're very very expensive but they're worth it. they last for years if you keep them dry and clean. plus you can get the soles redone. i've been getting clarks lately, but if you need more trendy you could try aldo. not good quality but cool looking.
      I wouldn't say AE are expensive. The certainly cost more than what most people consider a shoe should cost, but most shoes in the more common price points are fairly poorly made and wear very poorly over time. They stretch out, the corrected-grain leather starts to look nasty and fall apart, etc. A quality shoe, like AE or Alden or Carmina, will age well and actually look better as they break in. They can always be resoled if the sole wears down.

      John Lobb and Lanvin and Ferragamo are far more expensive. That is not to say that for someone with the means and the interest they are not worth acquiring.

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      06-28-2012 05:12 PM #21
      I picked up a pair of 14th & Union shoes at Nordstrom Rack. Very comfortable; not Ecco level but the closest thing I have found and better then CH. It's trendy, roomy and cushhy at the same time. Sorry no pics

    21. 06-30-2012 10:07 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by 4th Branch View Post
      I picked up a pair of 14th & Union shoes at Nordstrom Rack. Very comfortable; not Ecco level but the closest thing I have found and better then CH. It's trendy, roomy and cushhy at the same time. Sorry no pics

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