The lasts? The leather? The designs? The workmanship?
A combination of the above?
More generally, what makes a better shoe--and how could you discern superiority from inferiority simply by picking up a leather shoe and examining it?
Well, like many of you here, I was shocked to find that Johnston & Murphy shoes suck. You know, everyone I knew thought J&M was the bee's knees. Then I discovered Allen Edmonds and never looked back.
But now I'm looking...
I have purchased from Cedarville. They still cost triple or quadruple the price.
If people can explain to me the superiority of wood over plastic when it comes to storage (as in, not wearing the shoes for weeks), then I'm all ears....