I was actually talking to my girlfriend about this. Well, more like rambling while she was pretending to be interested. It seems to me that the higher upfront cost of St C. keeps the market somewhat smaller, however what you get for the cost is so much more. They seem to be more accommodating as far as styling, easier to communicate with, and furthermore they go the extra mile to make the shoes fit and will do maintenance on them for what I consider relatively cheap. Other makers while they make nice shoes don't go the extra mile, their shoes aren't constructed as well, they won't alter the shoe in any way to make it fit better, and furthermore charge an arm and a leg for re-crafting and generally won't do things like patch them up if need be and such. I've always wanted St. Crispin's and until recently they were hard to come by in the states, now since they are easy to come by, for me at least, I hope they don't grow too much and become jaded and overworked like a lot of the other makers have become in the last 6 years or so.