NY Businessmen Talk Shoe Shopping

The high-end men’s shoe market may be thriving, but consumers are still scrutinizing every purchase. Footwear News hit the streets of midtown Manhattan last week to talk to professionals about what they look for in dress shoes. Men are sticking to brands they know and trust — and, not surprising, durability and comfort top their lists.

1.Tinku Chondhury
Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
How much is too much for shoes? “I wouldn’t spend more then $500. And I’d have to get permission from my wife.”
What’s worth the money? “Shoes that are good quality and last a long time. They have to be a good value.”
Recession factor: “I’m spending less because I’m married now and have a kid and a mortgage payment. I have to be more practical.”
Favorite brands: Tod’s, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo

2. Fred Emil
Hometown:
Brooklyn, N.Y.
How much is too much for a pair of shoes? “$100 is all I would spend now.”
What’s worth the money? “I would spend more on a dress shoe that is comfortable. Style isn’t as important.”
Recession factor: “I’m spending less because of the economy, but also because [I’m not finding] as good quality as I used to.”
Favorite brands: Johnston & Murphy, Giorgio Brutini

3. Miguel Storla
Hometown:
New York City
How much is too much for a pair of shoes? “I wouldn’t spend more than $200.”
What’s worth the money? “I would spend more on work shoes as long as they are durable.”
Recession factor: “I’m spending about the same now. Nothing has really changed.”
Favorite brand: Johnston & Murphy

4. A.J. Spiros
Hometown:
New York City
How much is too much for a pair of shoes? “$250 is the most I would spend on shoes. It’s really hard to tell the difference from the more expensive ones.”
What’s worth the money? “I would spend more money on dress shoes that are stylish and that I can wear to work.”
Recession factor: “I’m spending more on shoes than before because I’m getting older and want to look professional.”
Favorite brand: Johnston & Murphy

5. Jim Peters
Hometown:
Milwaukee
How much is too much for a pair of shoes? “$500 is my limit for shoes.”
What’s worth the money? “They have to be good quality shoes and be convenient [to purchase].”
Recession factor: “I’m spending the same as I always have. [The economy] is not a factor.”
Favorite brand: Allen Edmonds

6. Edward Adams
Hometown:
New York City
How much is too much for a pair of shoes? “I can’t spend more than $500 on shoes.”
What’s worth the money? “I spend more money on dress shoes. They are more important than sneakers.”
Recession factor: “I’m spending less money now [because of the economy]. I’m not willing to spend as much at the moment.”
Favorite brand: Stacy Adams

7. Nick Iacoviello
Hometown:
Hoboken, N.J.
How much is too much for a pair of shoes? “$180 is the most I would spend. Maybe in 10 years I will be able to spend more.”
What’s worth the money? “I spend more on work shoes because I wear them more often than casual shoes.”
Recession factor: “Prices have gone up, but I’m buying more shoes because, luckily, I’m making more money.”
Favorite brands: Johnston & Murphy, Florsheim

8. Jeff Baumkirchner
Hometown:
Westchester, N.Y.
How much is too much for a pair of shoes? “My price range is $150 to $200.”
What’s worth the money? “I spend more on work shoes.”
Recession factor: “Shoes are more expensive now, but I’m paying the same amount.”
Favorite brands: Cole Haan, Allen Edmonds

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