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Stumbled upon this Kenneth Cole design recently. I haven't ever purchased KC but I'd imagine that its quality is sub-par relative to AE, et al and it would be $130 down the drain. I do love the design though.

Can someone recommend a similar design carried by a better brand ?

https://img369.imageshack.us/my.php?image=kennethcolenyblackoxforkg2.jpg

P.S: sorry, I'm having problems uploading the picture due to a proxy server. Link is above.


 

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Kenneth Cole is despised on this forum...

not only for their quality, but also for their square-toed design. You wont get much assistance on this forum on finding a similar atrocious design .... unless its from another teeny bopper.
 

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Stumbled upon this Kenneth Cole design recently. I haven't ever purchased KC but I'd imagine that its quality is sub-par relative to AE, et al and it would be $130 down the drain. I do love the design though.

Can someone recommend a similar design carried by a better brand ?

https://img369.imageshack.us/my.php?image=kennethcolenyblackoxforkg2.jpg

P.S: sorry, I'm having problems uploading the picture due to a proxy server. Link is above.


You would indeed be throwing money down the drain. Do a little search and you can find a good deal on Allen Edmonds. No squared toes but much better quality and will last longer.
 

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I don't recall seeing too many shoes with that seam pattern and a captoe. The Allen Edmonds Warren has a very similar seam pattern, except without the captoe or the square toe. A variation on the bicycle toe stitching is found on the Allen Edmonds Wendell, again without the captoe, but it is more square in shape. Johnston & Murphy has the Faulkner Moc Toe, which is probably even more similar.

If the bicycle stitching isn't that important to you, you can find plenty of bluchers in a captoe design from various shoemakers. AE has the Clifton and Perry. Cole Haan (a slight step better than Kenneth Cole in my opinion) has the Air Alessandro.

Maybe the closest match overall is the Johston & Murphy Dobson Captoe. It's not a shoe I like, but it does have those side seams and a captoe with a bit of a squarish look.
 

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You're going to have a hard time finding someone here to recommend a duckbill-style shoe over here. If you intend on wearing this style with jeans it will look all right. But these are not shoes to be worn in the least bit formal situation. The reason why this style is hard to find in a well-made shoe is because well-made shoes last a long time, so they figure they should make them in a style that will last a long time. Kenneth Cole shoes can be thrown away when they are soon outdated.
 
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