I'm looking for something similar to the Allen edmonds Leeds, in black leather. So far it seems there are few competitors for that shoe in that price range or cheaper. J crew appears to offer a ludlow shoe that is made by Alden(?) but I don't know about the quality and reviews on their own website aren't encouraging. Cole haan has a cheaper black blucher but in person it looked like it was made of plastic and this site seems to discourage buying from them. Hugo boss makes some but I've had a bad experience with them before.
Anyone know of a plain black blucher/derby shoe that is well-constructed and will be comfortable/long-lasting? Is there some brand I'm ignorant of? (NYC/Long Island area availability strongly preferred)
Why not just get the Leeds? Much better than Cole Haan and Hugo Boss, and cheaper than Alden. The AE Leeds will last you many years.