- Aug 24, 2011
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Isn't it more "normal" now, the USD have been unusually strong compared to most other currencies.Also, the weakening of the USD sucks. I find that I'm paying a good $150 more for a pair these days than I did a year ago. Still at historic highs but that goes to tell you how even small changes to the exchange rates can affect one's decision whether to buy or not. I sure hope this trend doesn't continue.
Interestingly enough many of these 100+ years old "brands" have only been actual "brands" for much shorter time. The factories and companies have been around long, but it's in many cases a smaller part of its history that they actually been doing and promoting their own stuff to a larger extent, most have been mainly OEM manufacturers for the larger parts of the 20th century. As an example we can take Alfred Sargent, where the company was started in 1899, but the brand Alfred Sargent wasn't registered until the 1970's, and took time before they were established as such.How many English shoe brands have emerged after 1980? And how many are there since around 100 years?
What I say is that it is a saturated market and starting from zero is not impossible but very difficult.
I would really like to know how brands like Tricker's or Cheaney are doing. I wish them all the best but I think we will see more brands disappear than brands emerging.
Let's just say that Fosters and Sargent aren't the only ones who are struggling, sadly. Hence why I like to focus on things from a perspective of how one can help the classic shoe industry, rather than trying hard to find reasons why one shouldn't purchase a certain brand.