My wife bought me the Frank Brothers shoes before we were married in 1968. Before that, for a birthday gift, she paid $50 toward the $80 purchase price for my first fine pair of shoes listed above, and which I still have, the Alden 990 plain toe cordovans. Prior to then, I just suffered the pain and agony of breaking in and wearing Bass Weejuns and brands like Nunn Bush and Florsheim. The Alden were a revelation. I have only bought good shoes since then, except for a few mistakes. Louie of Bennie's said that Johnston & Murphy was so respected in the 1960's that many stores in mid-sized cities wanted to have the right to sell them exclusively, so Johnston & Murphy created other names (Frank Brothers and also "Whitehouse and Hardy," I think) and would let one other store in each town have the exclusive right to sell each Â other brand. When one has this many shoes, it is hard to wear anything out if one rotates them; I have tossed out only a couple of good shoes, many years ago, when I had far fewer. Cordovans are indestructibe. Only one pair of Church's (Chetwyn's), two of "Brooks' English" (also Church's) and two Alden calfskins come to mind as being discarded (the leather badly cracked on all of them). Back then, I did not polish enough and also used saddle soap, which has a drying effect. I live in Atlanta. Our one really good shoe repair placed closed a few years ago; since then a friend takes them to Athens (70 miles away) where he practices law, to have them repaired at a really excellent place, which surprisingly is 25-30% less than most terrible Atlanta cobblers. He said that many University of Georgia grads still mail their shoes there for repair. It is: "Marvin's", located at 156 College Avenue, Athens, GA 30601. Â Phone: Â 706-546-5090.