My Facebook News Feed is atwitter (get it?) with engagements and weddings -- congrats, everybody! -- and that means formalwear. Now, unless you have frequent red carpet obligations, owning a tux is probably an unnecessary extravagance; not to mention that there are so many tux variations, you can't possibly buy a single silver bullet tuxedo to cover all formal events. As such, if you have to wear a tux, you're probably going to rent and that's okay. But there is one element that you should never rent: shoes. And that, my friends, is why you need to know about Jack Erwin.
This may seem obvious, but good shoes cost good money. However, that's not to say that expensive shoes are necessarily good. Many shoes on the market, regardless of price, are cheaply made and start to fall apart as soon as you stuff your feet into them. Well-made shoes can last far longer than your average clodhoppers, potentially lowering the crucial cost-per-wear ratio. It all comes down to materials and construction (click through the link for an excellent primer on construction methods from the Shoe Snob). Unfortunately, the associated price tags can be vertigo-inducing. Back to Jack Erwin.
Jack Erwin (as you may have deduced) is a shoe company. They make good shoes for a fair price, allowing you to touch the world of fancy footwear without taking out a second mortgage on your bungalow. Their designs are clean and elegant, styles that will last longer than a season or two. Like Mitch, their plain-toe blucher. They're Blake constructed and, like most Jack Erwin shoes, cost 195 USD (shipping inclusive). I bought a pair and, I have to say, I'm quite pleased. I don't often need to wear black dress shoes, so my goal was to buy one pair to rule them all. Mitch's simple style should cover me for most weddings and interviews for the foreseeable future. Footwear mission accomplished, Jack Erwin. Footwear mission accomplished.
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