Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
Probably because St. Crispins are constructed better than either of those brands. Also, their customer service is top notch. Furthermore last customization puts them on top for RTW.
I wish I could say that, but the truth is I was just at the right place/right time. I've really only been into shoes seriously the last couple of years and only really started learning more about St. Crispins and subsequently coveting them the last 6-8 months. I almost pulled the trigger on 2 different pair via Leffot, but both times I had crossed the threshold of spending the money, they sold out in my size.
So on a visit to ShopTheFinest's warehouse I was trying on some Santonis and over the course of conversation was brought out these Saint Crispins. I tried them on and they fit perfectly. I was never in the market for a pair of Split Toes and wasn't expecting to find St. Crispins there (especially at that price) so I didn't pull the trigger initially. It took me all of a day before I contacted them back and asked them to hold the pair for me and I picked them up the following week. I just lucked out that they fit so well and I've since fallen in love with the split toe style. Granted, I'm not a big fan of all of the St. Crispin styles...the 108 for example on Leffot's site are just not split toes I would wear. That said, there is at least for me a noticeable difference in quality over the G&G's I just picked up from Barneys. I'd say outside of my JL Prestige shoes, nothing else in my modest collection surpasses them in construction and finishing.