Is fact alone that shoes are sewn make them better than glued ones? I've seen kinda inexpensive leather/leather sole, with a inprint inside "hand sewn in Italy".
Shoe is for 125$ was for 200$ before. So is it already a sign of better quality compared with glued shoes or it means nothing?
And gluing means no re-crafting, so your $125 shoe will not last. A few more buck$ and you can get into a Goodyear welt that can be re-soled and re-heeled many, many times and last a lifetime. So with that in mind, buy a classic that is not likely to go in and out of fashion.