I suspect it might have something to do with price, SF likes expensive stuff . The quality is really good for the price IMHO, I own a couple of other Loake's shoes that I'm really happy with. It should be noted though, I'm no shoe guy, I'm way more knowledgeable about suits and sport coats (that's also where I spend most money).
I think it's safe to say Gerry won this one as well. I'm hoping for a corduroy challenge, but I understand this might exclude a few of my favourite posters who don't got any corduroy. Since I'm hoping to receive a new cotton suit that's very in between seasons, I could do that challenge as well. I'm sure you could do something on that theme Elio, even if there are no seasons in Jakarta.