Hi there, Been lurking on the forum for a few weeks now. What brought me here was dissatisfaction with the shoes that are offered in my home city Rotterdam. In my late twenties I often bought business casual shoes from Hugo and must say I used wear them with great pleasure, I liked their style and found the quality to be quite decent for the money. I am now in my early thirties and I am finding that the style of Hugo shoes and most other trendy designer fashion brands with similar styles offered here in Rotterdam like Prada, RB, Gucci do not appeal to me anymore. Browsing the forum I have really taken a liking to the highend shoes by Alden and G&G, but I am having a hard time justifying their prices. How I see it at the moment, is that a pair of decent quality Hugo's would set me back about 250 euro's and a pair of shoes by Alder of G&G would set me back about 750 euro's. A pretty steep price difference! As I see it now the highend shoes offer: -\tA nicer styled shoe -\tA presumably better made shoe -\tShoes from presumably higher quality leather -\tShoes with a presumably better and more durable sole In my noob opinion an estimated 30-40% better shoe at 300% higher price. The 300% higher price tag is what is currently withholding me from buying a pair. I just can not seem to justify laying down such serious clout for the shoes without a sound justification. Please explain to a noob just what the extra 500 euro's is buying me and if you think the extra clout is actually worth it? If not, what alternatives are their available (shoes with a better "style & quality"/price ratio)? Thanks, Michael.