One of the biggest issues with shoes is condition; used footwear is more likely to be beat to hell (e.g. no shoe trees used, leather cracked, sole screwed up) than most of the clothes.
So, guys, some of you may have read my blog and remember the How to Thrift series I did a few months ago. The one missing piece in that series I always meant to do is on shoes. I thought about it several times, but always got a bit stumped. I mean, I can list brands to look for, but part of the value in what I did with suits was helping folks learn to look past the label and recognize quality. But I feel like quality in shoes is kind of hard to define and hard to give easy things to look for. Quality leather is just something you sort of learn to recognize with time, and quality construction is difficult too - glued crap can be made to look like a Goodyear welt, at least well enough to fool noobs.
So, help me out: aside from brands/makers, how would you tell a beginning thrifter how to look for quality shoes?