I know a little bit about shoes in terms of construction, leathers, lasts, etc. I am far from an expert though, and there has been something that has crossed my mind as a result of several discussions in this community. I own several pairs of Allen Edmonds and I always thought of them as entry level or mid price range shoes based on what I had heard and what I was told by others. I like the models I own just fine. The quality seems to be decent and not too expensive.
So now I am entertaining thoughts of moving to the next level in terms of shoes. I'm talking about John Lobb, G&G, etc. But what does that mean? Who can give me straight up, no bull, assessments of why some of these other manufacturers out there are considerably better than AE? I'm not concerned with issues of style and silhouette, I'm talking about real facts concerning construction, leather, and anything else relevant that puts some shoes on a higher level than what is offered by AE.
I'm just not sure if it would be worth it for me to move on from something that I like just fine already, and take the plunge and spring for some high end shoes. Is it like escargot? Do I just not know what I am missing?