Originally Posted by julius12
I used to wear Rockports too, but realized that the quality was shit, and these days you can't even find a decent pair with a traditional shape. Go with Bass.
Compare Rockport to ECCO or Clarks and all are equally comfortable.
Rockports current 'Day To Night' or D2N line is respectable enough and if found on sale will be a good buy especially if you need that type of shoe.
I have 6 pairs of their older DresSport line (mostly wingtips) and they are very good quality for what they are.
There are shoe afficianados and there are those who need all day comfort (salespeople, hospital staff, etc.).
When I worked sales I can tell you that my feet appreciated my Rockports very much through 12 hour shifts.
To me they are worth every penny even at retail. I've many times worn them even with suits on stormy weather days.
Don't understimate this manufacturer.
To the OPS original question,
Allen Edmonds is definitely worth looking into and probably where you want to be in upgrading.