- Jan 11, 2012
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As I've said elsewhere:I'd respect an answer that investing in a AE pair is a big step up from plasticky leather shoes that can ruin an otherwise decent or professional looking outfit, and upgrading from AE is indulgence.
Any brands (other than Edward Green and Gaziano&Girling) would you recommend?As for the subject of this thread, yes. It's worth buying expensive shoes -- but only from certain makers who offer more durable leathers instead of inflated prices due to extensive marketing. I must have owned more than 150 pairs from all the relevant factories so far, and the pairs which have held up best and looked the part are the more expensive ones.
Ultimately you just have to decide on a breaking point, and not buy things above it outside of sales or used pairs. Edward Green and Gaziano&Girling are worth their salt, but most likely too dear for most SF members.
Yes. It's style and quality of materials, not the basic level of good, solid, "wear for years" craftsmanship.The muddling about with price comparisons and wear-to-value ratios is thoroughly odd. They're just clothes, after all.
At a certain point all shoes are more-or-less made well. So then you're paying for stylistic details anyway. No one said this hobby was rational.