Here's the best photos I could find to do a fair comparison of plain black cap toes. Shoe one - Retails in the US for about $600. Shoe two - Retails in the US for about $1200. Shoe three - Retails in the US for about $1200 Shoe two and three will have more sole durability. And perhaps will resist creasing quite as much as shoe one. But otherwise will perform pretty similarly in terms of durability. Even considering the fact that C&J benchgrades rarely come out of the box looking quite as perfect as in these pictures and that EGs and G&Gs are always are perfect, would I pay this premium? Absolutely not.