Originally Posted by iroh
this thread has shown me that even lower priced shoes when polished properly can look as good as a pair of the most expensive gaziano & girling shoes.
there is no need to spend $1000 for a pair of shoes now, if i had told people i was considering paying $1000 for a pair of shoes they would have thought i was mad. goes to show a high quality $200 pair of allen edmonds will look better than a $2000 pair of bespoke shoes when polished up.
save your money folks, and the embarrassment, spending more money doesn't always mean more better in the end. sometimes we can all get caught up in the marketing hype and forget that a shoe is really just some pieces of leather stitched and dyed with color and we are giving thousands of dollars to these shoe companies and not asking if it makes sense. the next time you drop a thousand dollars for a pair of shoes ask yourself do you want to put a couple hundred dollars of pure profit into the pockets of the man who they named the shoe after?
Sort of.....but not really. Yes a well finished and maintained shoe can look much more expensive than one which isn't. And this is indeed actually to your advantage out there in the real world. For the vast majority will not see past the nice finish to actually determine the quality of the shoe. IMO this should be every young working man's strategy to sartorial success. For there is indeed no real reason to spend thousands of dollars on shoes if no one around you can really see the difference (unless you just like to pamper yourself, of course.)
Conversely there is a certain circle of the world that will know the difference. And if this is where you circulate you will not be fooling many of them with a pair of Allen Edmonds. Even those who know nothing about shoes other than to shop at the 'right' places are accustomed to a world full of upper end and bespoke shoes and thus their eye can see the difference, even if they couldn't begin to say why. They will simply know that your shoes don't look like those they are accustomed to. Then you also have a whole circle of businessmen who subscribe to the old school notion of 'you can tell everything you need to know about a man by checking out his shoes'. These men at the top of the ladder are quite accustomed to sizing up people in an instant and your appearance is exactly where they will start. They'll neve say anything about it - but they are looking I promise you.
Why even you were completely struck by the G&G St. James, but couldn't say exactly why. This is what I'm talking about. Your untrained eye was drawn to the shape and the quality. And you knew immediately that it was different than what you are accustomed to seeing.
Now, turn the tables and imagine what a person who is accustomed to upper end shoes everywhere he goes sees when he looks at a pair of AEs.
We'll not even talk about how much more comfortable a great pair of shoes is.
You are somewhat on a logical track here.....just think a little further.