Code EARLYACCESS saves $10 off $69, $25 off $139, and $40 off $199
Offer expires Thursday 2/23/12. You must sign up for their email list/rewards program. Also available: Use code SHIPR for free shipping over $35.
Hold on to your wallets. Better yet, if you’re on a spending freeze right now, go ahead and throw that thing across the room behind that cabinet that’s a bear to move.
The code EARLYACCESS gets you certain savings at certain spending levels, and the point of that is to entice you to spend more than you were planning on. So, that can get out of control if you’ve been known to spontaneously buy shoes you don’t need. You do have to be a DSW Rewards Member, but that’s really not much more than their email list. On with a couple of picks & potential combos…
Florsheim Vincent Wingtip – $114.95 ($139.95)
The Vincent? Looks a lot like the Veblen. From the upgraded “imperial” line, and available in grey, wine, and a matte looking brown (Florsheim’s Crazy-Horse style leather maybe?) The Veblen on Florsheim’s site is listed at $170. The code LINK20 drops it to $136 there. The Vincent here says the price should be compared to $160.
Mercanti Double Monk – $114.95 ($139.95) & Bass Suede Chukka – $59.95 ($69.95)
This is where it can get a little confusing. Both are a real solid price on their own. Purchased together, you save an extra $5 due to the spend more/save more tiered structure of the promotion. But that requires you to spend more. So if you’re not in the market for both double monks and a suede chukka? Skip it. $170 is a lot of money. Even if it does land you two pairs of decent shoes. Full review on the double monks over here, and $115 shipped as is good as it’s gonna get on a style like this. The Monks are made in Italy too.
Clarks Bushacre – $59.95 ($69.96) | Mercanti Cap Toe – $114.95 ($139.95)
Another Mercanti Fiorentini / Suede chukka combo. Both are still a real nice price when purchased on their own. The Mercanti also comes in black, which should make a just-fine not too boring dress lace up. Brown, of course, looks plenty good too. Sizes & colors are scattered on the Clarks, but know they do come in a tan leather as well.
$140 is asking a lot for these, but they’re a solid blend of not too modern and not too frumpy/traditional in a Penny loafer. Toe shape is great. Leather is decent. They seem to run a little small. Also made in Italy.
The Cheap Risk: Mike Konos Suede Medallion Toe – $59.94 ($69.94)
Already on sale, made in Italy, but not real sure on that accent sweep up the side. Anybody seen these in person? Looked and looked on this end, but no go. A risk, but if you’ve got a DSW store near you, you can return them there for free. It’s $8.50 to ship em’ back otherwise. Exchanges are free.
The Splurge: Mezlan Nello Double Monk – $239.95 ($279.95)
It ain’t cheap, but retail is allegedly $345. Suede uppers, some nice curved buckles, and you even get a subtle looking medallion at the toe. Made in Spain. The same shoe is going for a similar price over at Bluefly, but here you get the rewards points if you’re into that kind of thing.
The Cheap Basic: Aston Grey Connelly Lace-Up – $69.95 ($79.95)
Surprisingly decent looking in person. Before the shoe snobs lose their minds, remember that there are ton of guys out there who need something serviceable for work or job interviews, who also can’t spare a lot of cash right now. Leather feels pretty good in your hands, and they look plain, but sleek.
The Not Cheap Not Basic: Antonio Maurizi Celino Wingtip – $259.95 ($299.95)
Well and then there’s these. Something similar will set you back $535 through Endless.
The DSW $10 off $69, $25 off $139 and $40 off $199 code EARLYACCESS expires 2/23/12. SHIPR gets you free shipping over $35 and seems to be ongoing. Both codes require you to join their email list/DSW rewards club.