you are paying for that "English" made mystique.
I'm totally not impressed with the benchgrade shoes. The Handgrade are not bad, but for that money I'd go for lesser known names like Carmina, or more obscure ones like Vass.
what do you think when leather (low quality) hits uneven pavement? Do you really think the leather would damage the pebbles/stones?
Your rubber shoes were unfazed because rubber "gives".
By the way, the same thing would happen to "high quality" leather too.
Just because you paid a bit more (expensive) for shoes doesn't mean they will outlast your $50 pair.
you have some good points. I disagree with others, but most of your posts are spot on.
I've always wondered that, with your particular penchant for the Neapolitan style/cut, why you have not gone custom/bespoke with one of the large establishments. You seem to always go RTW with the high end Italian outfits (Kiton..etc).....it just makes me wonder.
About the biggest realization I've come to is that PERSONAL STYLE cannot be rushed. It's easy to imitate at first...
don't be concern with quality, as a first step.
Be concerned with fit.
How did your one suit from the custom tailor fit? was it custom made for you?
Don't be deceived by the ever higher number of "super" either.
If you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail
Nothing that happens on Styleforum is applicable to real life. Hanging around here makes one think EG, GG, St.C. are the only shoe choices. Not true. Not true at all.
Just because we obsess over gemming does not make the rest of society so.