Originally Posted by upnorth
Going by your points method of assignment, what shoes/ brand would you say are still in the positive territory?
Well, let me just note that nothing I said is written in stone...it was just a thought exercise. If you cannot afford a $1000.00 bench-made shoe, you may feel that three or four points should be added (or subtracted) depending on the price. People who buy...even prefer...and especially apologize for, $100.00 shoes know, at some gut level, that what they are getting is sub-par. They have to...or they are in denial. Of course, it's all relative and none of that has anything to do with "quality"...and "quality" was the whole point of the exercise. I'm not recommending brands or even talking about brands in particular. I'm just talking about the relative merits of construction specifically and, more generally, the philosophies that the concept of "quality" is, and must be, predicated on. To come back to your question, however...the best I can offer is to say that I think that gemming and fiberboard insoles and celastic toe stiffeners and nails in the heel seat and machine lasting are debasements of the shoe and the concept of quality in shoes. That's my opinion. It is not without foundation. If a hand-made, bespoke shoe is not in the offing, however, then I would suggest folks look at Fairstitched (Blake/Rapid)...provided
that a moderate to good quality insole is the foundation. Structurally, Fairstitched is at least as good a quality as hand-welted....provided a moderate to good quality insole is the foundation.
Probably, given historic and structural antecedents, $1000.00 or there abouts will get you the kind of quality that is touted as the putative ideal here on StyleForum. That said, I'm speculating.