I think asking the REASON that one pair of shoes from one manufacturer costs different from a pair of shoes from a different manufacturer is kind of a pointless question. You can ask whether the difference is worth it to you, but each manufacturer has his own business model and costs. Someone, for example, might charge twice as much because his labor costs are so high, for precisely the same shoe. I doubt Carr looked at EG, said his shoes are twice as good, and priced them THAT way! I have four pairs of Vass. Absent going to Hungary, they are very difficult to deal with. I have not had the sizing problem. I do not like a pair of blucher boots I bought, which are not comfortable due to the stiffness of the leather and their being above my ankle. I just ordered a pair of Saint Crispin's for the princely sum of 1010 euros with delivery but without trees. I hope they are worth it. I went to Brasov to be fitted and dodged all sorts of vamipires and bandits.