Originally Posted by whodini
It's like anything else. You reach a point where you're paying for luxury (name, special materials, limited nature, etc.) more than function. First day at SF?
I dunno, Vass at around, what $800-900 direct from them are pretty killer, even when compared to stuff like Corthay, Lobb, Sutor or a variety of non-designer shoes I own. I think they're about top if you wanna pay that price but optimizing your buys if stupid, get what you want...
I'm wearing a pair of Allen Edmonds wingtips today and must say they've held up super well over the years; they're like 8 yrs old and I don't always use shoe trees and have worn them in the rain although they're definitely not my everyday choice. So if you just want a reliable boot AE prices seem to be enough.