Steve Madden Bedlamm Brown – $79.95 | Zacharyy Black – $89.95
Sure Steve Madden was once sentenced to 41 months in prison for money laundering and securities fraud, and he’s been accused of producing blatant knock-offs of his more expensive competition… but the guy knows how to make an inexpensive pair of shoes.
The Bedlamm Brown and Zacharyy Black dress shoes are precisely what you want on your feet when wearing a suit. Nothing crazy, nice and sleek, Italian in silhouette and American in detail or lack thereof. The black pair have a subtle cap toe and the brown pair are as plain as can be.
One note on the black pair, they’ve got a “chisel” toe, meaning it’s not totally rounded, but I certainly wouldn’t consider them squared off. I’d wear them. Keep them shined and when women check out your footwear they’ll be impressed.
Steven Madden shoes don’t have a reputation of being the highest quality, but I’ve never had any issue with them. My pair of brown Steve Madden motorcycle boots have lasted three years without any trouble. Now, there is a major school of thought that says spending a couple hundred bucks on an extremely well made pair of shoes is a worthy investment. Spend $250 on one pair of quality black lace ups, and you won’t have to spend $400 on four pairs of black dress shoes you’d otherwise get over the next decade.
But that’s just not possible for a lot of guys. These are possible for almost anyone.