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Sneakers endorsed by superstar athletes aren't the only footwear that can induce sticker shock. According to Adam Fox, fashion expert at Askmen.com, a men's lifestyle website, a good pair of men's dress shoes will cost you $400, " but a great pair with additional handiwork can go north of $700."

If you're shelling out that kind of money for shoes, you should expect to get soft leather, a well-fitting sole and details like channel stitching, a brogue (decorative hole patterns) and burnishing (polishing to a glossy finish), Fox says.

You can extend the wear of your investment and save money by polishing them regularly, storing them on a shoe tree and having a few pairs in regular rotation.


 

 

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