Originally Posted by mikeynyc
I liked a few of the pairs there but I'm content waiting for a true value. In anyones opinion, what makers should I be looking for in that range?
That's the trouble. In that range, there's not a lot to choose from. You could try to hunt some bargains on eBay, but there aren't many bricks and mortar stores that will have nicer shoes for $135. Your best bet would probably be Allen-Edmonds at Nordstrom Rack and the like. But the styling isn't really the same. Depends on what you're after.
After hearing the horror stories here, I was very nervous about my CT order. But I was lucky, I guess, in that my shoes showed none of the defects others have mentioned. (Mine are the calf, not the corrected leather, so I can't speak to those.) I don't know how the CTs will hold up in the long run, but for now I'm happy.