Originally Posted by SpallaCamiccia
I forgot to say that there is a very nice brand in Mallorca , quite similar to Crocket and Jones.
The horrible dressed King of Spain wears those sometimes. I donÂ´t recall the name . I tried them once, too rounded for my neapolitan tastes but were nice shoes, also there are a few bespoke $$$ on the Island .
More horrible shoes I know the owners ; Pikolinos ,Fluxos , Mustang etc etc.
It is true that there are bad brands, but there are at last 2 good. Think that Spain is very small as a country.
I am sure that, for example, in the US there will be hundreds of bad brands of shoes, and we really only talk about Alden and Allen Edmonds, that are in par with Carmina (under my point of view).
Those crappy spanish brands that I also hate, have their market in people that only care about price and not about quality. Many people here just can't understand why "all my shoes look the same" when they look at a Alden nÂº 8 cordovan and a C&J Audley Oxford in black for example.
We don't have that kind of culture in terms of shoes. It is a pity, but probably those brands win much more money than other that make excellent shoes but finally go under because of their prices.
Unfortunately, people here love beefroll loafers and were the same pairs everyday for 2 years until they chage them. It is a pity,
Some people will not wear bad shoes but think that a fake watch is cool. That, for someone that love watches, it is ourageous. What I am trying to say is that people in the world like different things, and that's where they put their efforts. It is good for me, because my shoes look much better comparing with the rest around here... I feel more special than someone that have Alden's all over the office.
But in terms of comparison, is not so easy to have in your country one really good brand (as we have Carmina). There are many bigger countries in the world that have none, and others that in size are 10 times bigger but only have 2... I undestand your point of view, but I think is better to focus on the good brands. I am sure that every country has it's cheap industry.