A good place to buy men's dress shoes?

scuffed mens dress shoesEd asks via Twitter:

Where is the best place to buy men's dress shoes in the Capital Region? Shoes are just too personal to buy online.

As with any question like this, you earn bonus points* for explaining makes a place good.

So, got a suggestion for Ed and the other dress shoe-shopping gentlemen of the Capital Region? Please share!

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Shoes? I'm still looking for a place where I can buy spats.

The Delmar Bootery in Stuyvesant and Amore Clothing in downtown Albany both sell Alden Shoes. Pricey, but worth the investment.

Marshalls (if you are cheap as I am). You'll need to go there periodically, but I've gotten some incredible deals on dress shoes over the years.

Try the National store in Saratoga Springs. It's in the spot that used to be the Shoe Depot. It's got a nice selection of high-end men's shoes.

Jos.ABanks in Stuy plaza

I agree with Eric. Also, Spectors and Mark Thomas carry the Allen Edmonds line, which are similar in price to Alden.

Honestly I like Men's Warehouse. They may seem a bit overpriced compared to many of the other places but I always go when there's a sale (currently 40% off including shoes with the promo code LABE3120910 until 3/4... no I am not affiliated with them). I always receive exceptional customer service when I'm there (Wolf Rd. and Niskayuna ones). Plus they have a pretty good rewards program as well.

Erik is right about the Delmar Bootery and Amore clothing. As far as selection goes, DSW has everything from expensive to inexpensive in all varieties of styles and color.

I'll second DEN on any place that carries Allen Edmonds.

When wearing them, I feel like I'm walking on clouds, with angels fanning my feet with feathers.

Well, not really. But I do recommend them for dress shoes.

Marshalls is the best place for great footwear and prices.

DSW in Crossgates Mall, and look for Cole Haan. My husband has always been happy with that brand and he wears dress shoes 5 days a week.

Thanks for the feedback, everyone! I've gotten a lot of my shoes from DSW over the years, but I was looking for a higher-end dress shoe this time around. I appreciate the folks pointing to places that sell Allen Edmonds and Alden. Unfortunately, my wide shoe size is rarely carried in store and I would have had to get a catalog order from a local store, so I ended up buying online. I would have preferred to shop local, but it proved impractical. I had my shoe size a half-size too large (which I think I ended up doing because that was the only way to get medium-width shoes that fit me), so once I had a better grasp of what I really needed, I was able to get something nice. ECCO brand would have been good and a bit more affordable, but I went with the Allen Edmonds.

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