I can't believe I am saying this but a point my cobbler makes is that modern glues are very strong and keep a shoe together. Lloyds have been glued (cemented) for years and sell allover for top dollar.
Those Indian Goodyear Florsheims will give a lot of wear for the price.
Re briefcases try Cardini in the Strand. When you say briefcase do you mean the traditional "off to Number 10 Downing St" variety or a "document bag" or a satchel?
Yeah, my father has been wearing Lloyds shoes for some time and he hasn't had any issues with them - but then again, he buys a few new pairs each year. I'm personally not a fan of their lasts or styling tbh. I really like the Loake 1880 line's aesthetics, particularly the Oxfords. And the John Lobb City IIs... *drools*.
Thanks for the rec. regarding briefcases, will give Cardini a look-see when I'm near Town Hall next. Just checked their website quickly and price-wise they seem a tad out of my budget (I'm trying to find something around $500 e.g. Saddleback Leather's Thin Briefcase). They've got quite a few options around 1200 bucks. I think a few posts back I mentioned a few brands I'd been looking at but it seems due to my relatively new status as a poster each post is subject to approval by moderators - so apologies if any miscommunication occurs as a result of missed/late replies.
As for the style of bag I'm looking for, something like this would tickle my fancy:
^ that's the Estate Document bag by Fossil. The black version is on sale for 249 bucks at the mo', however I'm looking for the brown version, and also don't know anything about Fossil's quality.
Edited by Nicholas D C - 1/4/13 at 11:38pm