Originally Posted by i10casual
Nothing is forever. They just have the market by the short and curlies right now. Someone will match the quality and price and things will slow down. All you need is to find a skilled worker, buy some reducing, cutting, and sewing machines from a business going out (so many in American right now) and hit the vendors with fresh ideas or copies for less.
1) Men's luxury footwear (this is Alden's segment, with shoe prices now at $500 for calfskin) continues to increase in price no matter what brand due to the blog/GQ effect.
2) Limited raw materials. Horse hides are in short supply, and even the new brands all seem to use one supplier (Horween) for calf. It's a lot easier to start a new shoe brand than to start a new leather tannery.
3) All these brands are very niche. Demand outstrips supply, especially with global markets. As long as Swedish and German tourists stop by stores like Leffot on a 24 hour layover in NYC and buy two or three pairs of Alden shoes on a whim (I've observed this), prices will continue to rise