I'm wearing Santoni shoes right now , blake stitched, made in Italy, that I paid under $100 for. Don't need to spend a ton to have good quality shoes, just need to be savvy. This. ( Although $100 isn't exactly daily fare, lucky you... ) I got my BNIB Santoni 'Micks' for around $240, which is still a steal, and love them to death... ...the list of "no-go" brands is a mile and a half long. Aldo and Kenneth Cole are probably at the top of it though. Closely followed by Steve Madden.