Originally Posted by kungapa
Well the point is that you bring up criteria that is measurable to some degree - quality - and laud that as having been an integral part in your decision process,. When people point out that build quality was not as good on these Testoni's as compared to some of the fantastic suggestions given to you earlier in this thread (for a similar price) - including those Santoni wholecuts you found yourself - you revert to the "to each his own" defense.
That said, Testoni is not bad. Perhaps on par with Loake quality-wise, which puts them miles ahead of absolutely anything you posted in the beginning of the thread. Get a pair of show trees, and take good care of your shoes with some Saphir and they will last you several years (assuming they are welted). If you are enjoying the shoes and they fit well, good for you.
I agree with you that quality is measurable, and after reading endless posts in here, quality played a big role, but also, fit and finish played a part, to me aesthetics are important when selecting the right shoes, I know there a better build quality than the Testoni's, but I couldn't find the exact color and finish I wanted without spending well over $1000, as it happens, now that I have bought my first $450+ pair of shoes, I will spend over $600 on my next purchase, since I bought my Testoni's I have discovered several superb options in the classified area, like a pair a Berluti's in brown, or maybe my first pair of Vass' for my next purchase, I feel good, because I like the fit and finish and color of my Testoni's, and for $450 I didn't break the bank, all things considered, I am very happy with my purchase.
I've been reading a lot about how these are constructed and both brands Berluti and Vass seem to have superb reputations.
I am also learning about show tress, I was close to buy some on amazon, but they didn't seem to be what I needed, also in my shopping list, Saphir