I'd say I'm paying a premium for the whole package, including materials and design of the uppers, as well as the carefully shaped lasts preferred by higher-end companies. That these companies tend to prefer leather soles is for me, in light of the rough conditions I subject my shoes to, actually a bit of a drawback, and whenever possible I opt for Dainite or, for deliberately ugly stuff like Tricker's, commando. You still get your money's worth in terms of the "stitched-on premium," only it's one resole every several years instead of every several rainstorms. It's the same for Topys, right?* Every Topy takes a bit from the life of the sole and you won't be able to use one sole forever, but it will be many many Topy cycles before the sole degrades to where you cannot mount a new rubber to it, at which point you can then do a full resole and start over with a fresh surface to stick rubber onto.Aren't you ostensibly paying a premium for a stitched-on sole though?