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?