!>http://www.zappos.com/images/818/7144818/97060-t.jpg! I haven’t had to buy dress shoes since 2004 (ok, so I don’t wear them much). Interesting to see how discounting works. I picked the Johnston & Murphy Stanza as a benchmark. The discontinued Bentley I got for $140 in late 2004, here’s what the deals are like now for shoes that are made in Italy. The exchange rate has certainly hurt.
* “Nordstrom’s”:http://shop.nordstrom.com/SR/0~2376778~2372811~2373433~2373435~2375108?mediumthumbnail=Y&mode=pfind&viewAll=1&tuid=000007e5-006c-085e-6361-745f626f7574&catID=2375108&size=8.5&width=D&sort=8&sizename=8.5&widthname=D%2c+M&searchorigin=ProductFinder&findertype=9&findertypereqd=N. They have them for “$198”:http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2764928/0~2376778~2372811~2373433~2373435~2375108?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=2375108&P=1 or just slightly off their $205 list. You do add $5 for shipping and tax.
* “Zappos”:http://www.zappos.com/n/es/d/722134239/show_all/1/page/1.html. These folks say they are the largest online sellies. They have these for $201.95 but offer free shipping so call it “even”:http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/2296060/c/24711.html
* “Amazon”:http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_4_4/104-0154552-9015910?ie=UTF8&rh=n%3A1036592%2Cn%3A1040668%2Cn%3A1045744%2Cn%3A1045748%2Cp%5F4%3AJohnston%20%26%20Murphy&page=1. They also carry for “$187”:http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_4_4/104-0154552-9015910?ie=UTF8&rh=n%3A1036592%2Cn%3A1040668%2Cn%3A1045744%2Cn%3A1045748%2Cp%5F4%3AJohnston%20%26%20Murphy&page=1 with free shipping but also have sales tax.
* “Shoebuy”:http://www.shoebuy.com/sb/s.jsp?&Brand=Johnston+%26+Murphy&Dept=AdultM&Profile=2&Size=8.5&Req=prof&_P0=4646,4546,3146,3346,3446,3646,3746,3946,4046,4246,4346,3046&b=3&b0=0.82907&b1=94.6410&b2=120.79461&scrc=2237952089&GeneralWidth=R. They are having a 15% off sale so they carry at $187 plus 15% off and free shipping. Probably the best deal still even though it is higher than the $140 I paid for similar shoes when the euro was cheaper.