Originally Posted by Roger
Isn't "binder" Church's term for corrected-grain leather? If so, the seller's stated (correct) retail price of 310 GBP (and 335 GBP at Herring Shoes) is just outrageous for a pair of corrected-grain plain-toe bluchers. Whoever's claimed that Church's shoes are overpriced has certainly got it right.
Yet some folks will argue that it's worth every penny. Easier to polish, keeps a nice shine. Now that's effective marketing.
I will say this: At the flea market yesterday, I spotted an old pair of Church's with the most spectacular patina I've ever seen. These shoes had been worn to death, and were almost in tatters inside. But boy, the leather had depth and character. It was exactly what the designer "destructed" shoes wish they could look like.