Originally Posted by BareSolid
I was going to get the Alfred Sargent Epsom (actually Â£155) but I find that all their 'classic' collection shoes are of corrected grain leather. So does anyone have any better ideas? I'm not in the US so Allen Edmonds and that other one(Aldens?) are out of the question.
Thanks ever so much.
You need to set your sights higher.
You are not a million miles from Northampton, the center of English shoemaking. Northampton is full of company stores that sell closeouts and seconds at big discounts, often 50%+. The seconds are usually almost perfect. You often have to spend quite some time examining the shoe to find something that you guess might be the reason it was made a second.
So got to Northampton some Saturday and have a look around. You might well get a very nice shoe from, say, C&J in your price range.