SMH - The shoe fits, but what about quality?
Amazing blog quote:
I agree with this article too...coming from the UK I would buy a new pair of gbp50 shoes from Next almost every year....sweaty feet, plastic soles, occasionally fall apart. Throw them away and start again.
Then I bought some Goodyear welted Jones the Bootmaker shoes on sale reducd from gbp150 to 75....that was about 4 years ago or so...I'm wearing them now. They look almost new, they had a half sole replacement here in Aus and they are super comfy! So I am well up on those...I also have some Loakes wich are good quality but not as comfy, thinner leather sole that I have not yet replaced, 2 years old, look new. Lastly I have some Marks and Spencer Italian range leather soled that I took brand new to get a rubber half sole stuck on for wet weather. All of these shoes are great, comfortable and I have not needed to buy a pair in several years, they also did not cost the earth. Blame Australian prices and buy online at Pediwear (though sizing is massively important to teh whole experience).
I also have some RM Williams Veal Calf Brandy boots. they scuff stupidly easily, RM could not repair them, painted them badly, had them back to strip, basically gave up and said take them elsewhere and we'll pay for the repair! On a $500 pair of boots! Rubbish! They don't even carry the polish colour anymore and they are only 6 months old! Granted they are comfortable but as the most expensive pair of shoes I have ever bought I am totally disappointed it the value for money stakes. Worth $300 Max.
Notes: Safe leather soles with plstic toe taps, have a wet weather pair, use a decent polish regularly and use shoe trees.
But this is the best:
The shoes must be hand made and should be from Europe (Italy, France, UK, Switzerland, Germany).
The top of the range is no doubt Botenga and Bontoni and beewax based shoe polish must be used.
My partner Phyllida Jenkins said the true connoisseur man must satisfy four conditions -
1. Have top of the range shoes
2. Proper provider
3. Execute conjugal duties with style and skills
4. Good manners
Commenter Mario de Napolimor
Hands up who passes the test 1, thru 4.?