Originally Posted by chorse123
I think you can get decent house label shoes, if you are very careful. I picked up a pair of suede moccassin toe bluchers that are very light, and have been useful this summer. Granted, they were around $35, but that should last two summers. I think they were originally around $300.
My experience with Barney's shoes goes 3-4 years back. I bought two pairs for $30 to 60 each. Those that were selling originally in the $150 range were truly unwearable rubbish - hard and nasty. Those that were originally in the $250 range were nice looking and decent to wear, but the quality was really sub-par considering that $250 will get you AE. For example, the sole was made of multiple layers of thin leather glued together, like plywood (plyleather?). After a few wearings, you could see rings in the worn areas, like in a cut-down tree.
Barney's wool pants that I bought had a cheap plastic zipper that at one point started to come apart spontaneously. For $100, I would say it was abad deal.
The dress shorts are not bad, but are nothing special either. For $30 or so they're not a bad deal.