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post #136 of 416

To me it doesn't seem much different then buying a quality timepiece or a fine work of art. Typically there is pecking order in regards to the brands which are considered to be in the top tier, the middle tier, and the lower tier.  Of course you'll pay more based upon which tier that brand is considered to be in. This is typically determined in part based on their history, their reputation, the materials they use, and their craftmanship. However the manufacture ultimately decides what to charge for their product based on what the market will bear.

 

Everybody has an opinion which is based on their expectations, their experiences, and their likes and dislikes. Some may consider one brand as the best of the best even though they may not be considered by most as in the top tier, and others then again may have had a marvelous experience with a variety of brands and have no problem with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

 

 

So what works for one will not always work for others.

 

 

Me, I like to do a little bit of research and experimenting with each before I make any final judgements on what I like or don't like.

post #137 of 416
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is it worth the extra dough?

 

Don't know.  Maybe, maybe not.

 

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Originally Posted by rikod View Post


$700ish is about $750, and no, it's not worth it under the right circumstances (no customs fees)

 

Aside from custom fees (~$50 I presume?), the other problem is if they screw up the order, which did happen according to the Vass thread...

post #138 of 416
According to Bugs Bunney, what a bunch of Ultra Marrons!
post #139 of 416
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is it worth the extra dough?

As long as they minimize the damn issues with importation brokerage fees, I believe it's worth it. Just one man's opinion though.
Edited by jerrybrowne - 9/2/12 at 10:06pm
post #140 of 416
Has anyone noticed that the OP ghosted after the first couple of pages. Haha, i like when this "shoe quality/price thread" iterates itself on the forvm...
post #141 of 416
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$700ish is about $750, and no, it's not worth it under the right circumstances (no customs fees)

it was tongue in cheek.
post #142 of 416
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As long as they minimize the damn issues with importation brokerage fees, I believe it's worth it. Just one man's opinion though.

long solved. read rikod's post.
post #143 of 416
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Aside from custom fees (~$50 I presume?), the other problem is if they screw up the order, which did happen according to the Vass thread...

a proxy cannot help when the order is screwd, can they, respectively, will they?
post #144 of 416
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To me it doesn't seem much different then buying a quality timepiece or a fine work of art. Typically there is pecking order in regards to the brands which are considered to be in the top tier, the middle tier, and the lower tier.  Of course you'll pay more based upon which tier that brand is considered to be in. This is typically determined in part based on their history, their reputation, the materials they use, and their craftmanship. However the manufacture ultimately decides what to charge for their product based on what the market will bear.

Everybody has an opinion which is based on their expectations, their experiences, and their likes and dislikes. Some may consider one brand as the best of the best even though they may not be considered by most as in the top tier, and others then again may have had a marvelous experience with a variety of brands and have no problem with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.


So what works for one will not always work for others.

Me, I like to do a little bit of research and experimenting with each before I make any final judgements on what I like or don't like.

actually you bought several alden's, which is interesting when looking at your timepieces.
post #145 of 416
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pretty big quality differences between benchgrade C&J and JL/EG, in terms of leather, finish, and details.

but from 6 feet away...

this is golden
post #146 of 416
It's true man.

Hell, as long as the fit is good and the styling is conservative I wouldn't necessarily notice the difference between mid-tier (e.g. Carmina) and bespoke.

That's why I don't get anything that Gdot is talking about with his "creative" career or whatever. How anyone can tell the difference between mid and top tier shoes just by a glance is beyond me. Well, on a seamless wholecut or something you'd know, but on a conservative shoe there's not really anything exterior to distinguish.

Unless he's saying you should buy attention-grabbing shoes, but that's something entirely different.
post #147 of 416
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a proxy cannot help when the order is screwd, can they, respectively, will they?

 

Thus my hesitation on Vass for now.  Seems like getting Saint Crispins is a more reliable deal since there's a store 1 hour flight away...

post #148 of 416
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It's true man.
Hell, as long as the fit is good and the styling is conservative I wouldn't necessarily notice the difference between mid-tier (e.g. Carmina) and bespoke.
That's why I don't get anything that Gdot is talking about with his "creative" career or whatever.
Unless he's saying you should buy attention-grabbing shoes, but that's something entirely different.

 

Very true.  It's hard to tell the difference from 6 feet away unless its some painted/patinated shoes like EG or Berluti...

 

But Gdot's argument does make sense on the attention-grabbing shoes part...

post #149 of 416
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It's true man.
Hell, as long as the fit is good and the styling is conservative I wouldn't necessarily notice the difference between mid-tier (e.g. Carmina) and bespoke. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
That's why I don't get anything that Gdot is talking about with his "creative" career or whatever. How anyone can tell the difference between mid and top tier shoes just by a glance is beyond me. Well, on a seamless wholecut or something you'd know, but on a conservative shoe there's not really anything exterior to distinguish.
Unless he's saying you should buy attention-grabbing shoes, but that's something entirely different.

not necessarily. it is possible. it takes a while, though.

actually, i preferred the look of C&J and Church's to EG when compared in person. each to his own.
post #150 of 416
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Thus my hesitation on Vass for now.  Seems like getting Saint Crispins is a more reliable deal since there's a store 1 hour flight away...

it wouldn't hesitate me. they are not really compareable due to the differrent philosophies and target groups. the possibility to try them on in person beats every other option, imo.
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