Kind of a noob question but hopefully quick and easy....
I've recently got into buying quality shoes and its quickly becoming a hobby (addiction). But its hard to know which brands aren't cheaply made or made by children - you know what I mean.
Can I get some quick recommendations of brands (regardless of shoe style at the moment) that one can get from online retail (like zappos, etc.) that are from quality makers and aren't cheap sweatshop knock-offs? I've noticed for a noob its hard to even know if your every day Allen Edmonds is going to be quality or made by hands of someone who cares about what they're doing. Am I making sense? When I buy a shoe, I don't want the "made in italy" label if doesn't really man anything. Who are the brand I can trust? I wear mostly leather loafers, driver sole shoes, some oxfords, lots of slip ons. A few seude chukkas. I'm usually in the $200-$400 range for shoes, sometimes more.