I have a couple pairs of Florsheims Imperial line that I am very pleased with, they have garnered quite a few compliments. Â Eric
I'm with you Eric - My Imperials are good enough for me. I have a monk strap pair, half made with Deer leather that look beautiful. My take on shoes is that because I walk alot (more than 5kms a day) and therefore need to get my heels replaced every two months (wear my shoes once a week), the very best quality is immaterial. Years ago I when I first started working I had cheap Florsheims, no brand Chinese shoes, Gucci shoes, Church's (with welting on the underside) and Lloyd shoes. All similar style - semi or full brogues, oxfords or monk straps. Â The uppers in all cases outlasted the sole and heels and they all lasted the same length of time. So for me to buy Green or Lobb is pointless (and I am not a true shoe afficionado). These days the shoes I wear are strictly predicated on aethetics 1st, quality 2nd. Therefore, i love my Bally Scribes, Gianni Versace (made by cesare Paciotti, not referring to the V2 line), Florsheim Imperials, Gucci's etc. And if I could afford bespoke Lobb et al I still wouldn't buy them because as a guy in his mid-30s I do not think they suit me - I prefer something more directional and fashionable. As to quality, this is a moot issue for me as past experience has dictated that regardless of price and quality, my heels will go in two months, and sole in one year. After one year I I get a sole attachment (that rubber stuff made by Topy) and after 2 years get sick of repairing the shoes again so get rid of them and get new ones. Others no doubt will have differing and for them equally valid views. To me the utility value of $1000+ shoes is the same as $200 shoes and I'm happy with that. Other clothing items on the other hand, like suits and ties, I feel differently about coz my suits have lasted over 10 years so far so I'm prepared to spend more for better quality labels.