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If my wife pays more than $30 for shoes she thinks she overpaid.
My wife once paid $90 for a pair of shoes, and she thought that was an insane price to pay for footwear! Funny however, she still has them, they still look good and many, many pair of 30 dollar pair have come and gone through her closet. I NEVER tell her what I pay for footwear :)
 

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My wife once paid $90 for a pair of shoes, and she thought that was an insane price to pay for footwear! Funny however, she still has them, they still look good and many, many pair of 30 dollar pair have come and gone through her closet. I NEVER tell her what I pay for footwear :)
Smart, I skirt that subject all of the time as well.
 

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My wife once paid $90 for a pair of shoes, and she thought that was an insane price to pay for footwear! Funny however, she still has them, they still look good and many, many pair of 30 dollar pair have come and gone through her closet. I NEVER tell her what I pay for footwear :)
My wife would for sure murder me if she knew what I spend on boots and shoes.

My brother in law complimented my new Vibergs the other day and asked where I got them. I told him they're made in Canada and only available through a few different stockists online and are pretty expensive. His response was, "Like are they better and more expensive than my Cole Haans? I have a couple pairs of those and they're really nice."

Guy is an anesthesiologist and makes 2.5xs what I do in a year and $100 Cole Haans from Nordstrom Rack are the nicest shoes in the world to him.
 

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My wife would for sure murder me if she knew what I spend on boots and shoes.

My brother in law complimented my new Vibergs the other day and asked where I got them. I told him they're made in Canada and only available through a few different stockists online and are pretty expensive. His response was, "Like are they better and more expensive than my Cole Haans? I have a couple pairs of those and they're really nice."

Guy is an anesthesiologist and makes 2.5xs what I do in a year and $100 Cole Haans from Nordstrom Rack are the nicest shoes in the world to him.
I used to think things like that were odd, but have realized that many more people feel $100 footwear are the "nicest" footwear in the world, and that's ok.
 

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I used to think things like that were odd, but have realized that many more people feel $100 footwear are the "nicest" footwear in the world, and that's ok.
I used to be of the opinion that expensive shoes you were just paying for the name. Had no clue the vast difference in quality. Of course, some brands you do pay a lot just for the name.

I think part of the problem (at least for dress shoes) is that you really have to go over $200 to see a marked increase in quality. There’s a lot of brands in that $100-$200 range that are just really bad values. And if that’s your first foray into “nice” shoes, it may not seem worth it.
 

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My girlfriend actually supports my interest in nice shoes. She doesn't (yet) own any particularly expensive pairs though she plans on getting some Rancourt. Unfortunately her feet are a little too small for the sizes Grant Stone offers, but if they ever offer smaller sizes or a women's line I am sure she would be on board.
 

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@ifticar2 Incredible patina on those, definitely tempts me to reconsider my stance on loafers.

I don't make a whole lot of money as a teacher, yet I have spent thousands on shoes. No one else I know even comes close. Does that make me foolish? Perhaps. Nice shoes/clothes certainly don't make me better in any way, I simply enjoy fine quality and craftmanship, and presenting the best version of myself. However, I have learned to respect and appreciate others' attempts at dressing well, as ill-guided as they may often be - I certainly have a lot to work on myself and can learn something from everyone. When Cole Haan and Johnston-Murphy are the pinnacle, I can't help but sigh, but it's not really a big deal. I'm not going to beat them over the head with my obsession. Most would have sticker-shock anyway. Now, if someone inquires in a serious way then I'll direct them to value-conscious options like AE factory 2nds or GS clearance. Generally, I try to keep my recommendations under $200 at first.

A couple of friends do own one or two pairs of Allen Edmonds (one was a gift from me) but they are the only ones I know of that have decent GYW shoes besides my Dad, who has a pair of Florsheim Imperials and Allen Edmonds I gifted him. I tried to get him to buy Grant Stone longwings but they was "out of his price range" (even though he makes SEVERAL times what I do).

Now my wife, she thinks I'm a nut, but still loves me. I do encourage her to avoid cheap footwear and in recent years she has acquired a flotilla of Birkstocks, Chaco's, and similar - all of which work fine for our lifestyle. These are huge upgrades from the $10 Target shoes she usually wore. And when the $30 boots she liked kept blowing out, I used it as a teaching opportunity... Now, she never wears heels or formal shoes: doesn't need to. And the Red Wings I bought her the first year we were married have been worn, twice maybe?

Seems like everyone has their "thing" that they enjoy and spend a little too much money on. Mine is not guns, or cars, or golf or jewelry. I guess I'm doing OK! :D
 

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Seems like everyone has their "thing" that they enjoy and spend a little too much money on. Mine is not guns, or cars, or golf or jewelry. I guess I'm doing OK! :D
Exactly this. Everyone has different things they're willing to spend money on. My dad for instance can't understand paying more than $75 for shoes, but has no problem owning expensive cars or (ironically) collecting leather jackets (which is SO different from shoes... I digress).
 

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Exactly this. Everyone has different things they're willing to spend money on. My dad for instance can't understand paying more than $75 for shoes, but has no problem owning expensive cars or (ironically) collecting leather jackets (which is SO different from shoes... I digress).
My two weaknesses are boots and bicycles. I have spent lots of $$$ on both. Makes me happy I guess..😀
 

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It's all relative... I'm probably at the top of my pay grade, and that's OK. I may not ever make it into G&G, Edward Green, or Crockett & Jones territory. Lol! After speaking with a gentleman that makes bespoke shoes, $1000 doesn't even get you a fitting. Lbvs!
 

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It's all relative... I'm probably at the top of my pay grade, and that's OK. I may not ever make it into G&G, Edward Green, or Crockett & Jones territory. Lol! After speaking with a gentleman that makes bespoke shoes, $1000 doesn't even get you a fitting. Lbvs!
Maybe back in the day, but nowadays there are lots of Asian boot and shoe makers that can get you some really quality stuff at great prices
 

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My wife would for sure murder me if she knew what I spend on boots and shoes.
During the first weeks of lockdown shined / brushed all my shoes, I believe that my wife little by little has started to understand that my shoes are an utilitarian hobby and that this craft demands lots of respect.

In the other hand I started giving her some GYW shoes (Barker, Cheaney, Meermin) as presents and she always get compliments from her firends, Maybe I have awaken a beast, I hope not, but certainly I love her smile when she opens the boxes and tries them.
 

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