Sorry for the pic foul (no accompanying picture), but what follows is my plight. Three weeks ago when I was in Atlanta on business, I went to Neiman-Marcus and I saw a few pairs Barker Black slip-ons . I have to say I was generally unimpressed, and I was particularly bummed-out that the whole "nails head skull & cross bones" on the sole was completely faux. To top it off this particular pair of black slip-ons was $650.00, or some other ridiculous price. The John Lobb OTR lace-ups for $1100.00 did not impress me either. I have difficulty accepting a shoe whose sole has no stitching. I am not a fan of shoes without a welt, for lack of a better term. I have some suede slip-ons by Donald Pliner with a thin leather sole, which is sewn on to the shoe. These are throw aways that I expect to wear a season or two. I can't remember seeing any sewing on the John Lobbs. Is the sole a thin veneer, or is the construction just glue. They had beautiful leather and finishing, but still look as if they were just glued together. Maybe I am a Trad at heart. While I will admit to trying to update my look without being a fashion victim, I can't see spending over $1,000 dollars for shoes that are not as well constructed as my Aldens. Please educate me on what I am missing.