Thanks, Monty; glad to be on SF.
Now, you clearly have been at this longer than I (judging from your # of posts and join date), so do you care to share why I am going to regret my purchases? I can't know it if you don't tell it. I'm trying to take something (anything) helpful from your post...edify me.
DSW is a joke. Brick and mortar, online... even Lux options are ugly. Boring and ugly, actually. No style. It'll be some time before I become my grandfather. Until then, I'd like to be able to incorporate some of my own flair into my shoes. Oh, BTW, I'm a size 12D/E depending on the manufacturer, and DSW only has baby shoes left in any style I could stomach (size 8 and under). DSW is three blocks from my office...it's not far enough away, if you ask me. :-\
So - DSW? Fail... Opinion on Santoni and Sassetti? TBD...Maybe you could offer some insight on awesome rear end pictures of women whom I will never meet, or won't 'drop trou' without payment up front...j/k But, dude - DSW...? Really? Isn't that the shoe equivalent of 'Men's Warehouse'?
BTW, being pompous doesn't make you sound like more of an authority - just pompous. sestyle offered rationale for his opinions, and that's why I am asking (see initial post) - to acquaint myself with the nuances in the different types of shoes/makers/leather/durability/styles (G&G, Grenson, Loake, Lobb, Alden, Gucci, Prada, Herring, SF, Maurizi...) that I do and don't own.
Thanks for the heads up, though. Now I know where to go for my girly shots...and marginal feedback. (I love initiation!)
I've seen people post about the folks who scour the forums with contempt for the 'unrefined' members. I think a thread should be created for them, specifically. What to call it, though...? Suggestions welcomed!!!
Maybe I could post a picture of your face with the photos of rear ends? On second thought, they don't allow pictures that show @ssholes