Oct
19
2010
By
The Staff
of Valet.
 

The Saddle Shoe Spectrum

The two-tone saddle shoe is a timeless style and while we saw a handful of white options this summer, the suede versions seem ideal for fall. But what separates an $80 pair from one that will set you back $300? Of course, the real difference is how they look and feel on your feet, but here are the attributes of four smart styles.

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Bass
$79

Full grain leather and suede upper (which you'll find on all four here) with a rounder toe and a padded insole.

Florsheim
$94

Soft heel collar trim and a "Bio Comfort" sock lining that wicks moisture and provides shock absorption.

Cole Haan
$125

Reinforced toe, padded lining and a thin EVA sole that's been laser-cut for traction.

Mark McNairy
$305

Bench made in England with a Good Year Welt on a lightweight rubber sole and a slightly narrow toe.

  • Saddle shoes were first manufactured by Spalding in 1906 as an accessory for tennis and squash.
 

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