First post, thanks all for the advice in advance...
Partially based on info from this forum - I made two purchases yesterday, and would like a little "comfort" on both. Buyer's remorse perhaps...
1) Been wearing Johnston/Murphy for four years, and I love these shoes. BUT - I also know they are not technically speaking a "well built" shoe, and that they are a price-point item. Just bought my first pair of Allen Edmonds yesterday (I got the Black Hills). And WOW, obviously a step-up in several ways. Question, though - my ("inexpensive") J/Ms have comfortable "padding" on the underneath of the tongue, and around the heel. The new AEs are unadorned - plain - in those areas. It IS a difference I can feel. The insole is similar (in initial feel only, probably not in longevity or other....). Is this just "how it is" with these shoes? The AEs feel good - and look awesome - but my JMs feel GREAT, although again I've been wearing them for four years, and it's definitely showing.
2) I left the AE shop and headed to Brooks Brothers. I did the 3/225 deal, which I know is a pricing nightmare (I should have waited for a sale), but price is not my issue. I am only asking about the quality. Last week, I got three Roundtree/Yorke Gold Labels for 18 each. Yes, 18 - sale on top of presidents day sale with clearance. I went over these two shirts - BB versus R/Y - as close as my amateur eye would allow - and I didn't really see a reason to go BB, EXCEPT that the cotton itself is, perhaps, finer. It's lighter, anyway. And the fit - well - the BB definitely fits better, and LOOKS better on me at least. Am I missing something in the quality "fine details" that make a BB worth 2 R/Y (excluding sales)? The bb does not have a two piece yoke, while RY does, maybe unimportant. These are the "Maylasia" BBs for what it's worth. I opened only one, I can still exchange the other two BBs for something....better...at BB?
I am hoping your responses are:
1) The AE's will "break-in" real soon, and then feel like I'm walking on butter...and,
2) The BB is at least marginally better than the RY, and HERE is why....?
Thanks again for your insights.