I'm a bit new to the higher end shoe world and all of its intricicies...but am looking to buy some new monks and had a quick question. I recently went over to Paul Stuart and the sales rep over there had explained to me that one shoe had the advantage of being stitched a particular way (I can't remember what he said exactly but I think it had to do with the upper sole??) vs the way the other pair was stitched. If it helps - he was comparing a Crocket and Jones Benchgrade (I don't think it was a Handgrage) to a Mangianni. I was actually suprised that Manganni was making shoes for them, I didn't know that. In any case, he mentioned that due to the Crockett being stitched a particular way, they were easier to resole and would lose its shape. Being that this has happened already to me to a favorite pay of boots I had, can anyone explain what he was referring to? I did a quick search and came upon the whole Welted vs Blake Stitch...is that what he was referring to?
I'm looking for a nice black Double Monk (with more of a european cut) with a nice patina that will last a good 5-10 years and go equally well with jeans and a suit (although I know many people don't like the way they look with jeans). I was leaning toward the C&J Lowends...do they wear well with time? Any other reason NOT to consider them over another? II'd like to keep them south of $700.
Thanks in advance.