I have seen a fair amount of hate here for Johnston and Murphy and Cole Hahn, but I am on a budget and that's what I am stuck with. I was shining the shoes yesterday. I noticed that the leather on a cheap pair of Bostonian wingtips I bought three years ago seemed almost plastic. I did not seem to absorb the polish and instead seemed to repel it. Nonetheless, they look fine and are comfortable. I would say I will get another two years out of them wearing them once a week. What is up with the leather, and who cares if they look good enough I was shinging a pair of CH moc type dress shoes as well. The leather is softer and seemed to absorb the polish. I have been wearing them at least 2x a week for 3 to 4 years, and have resoled them once. If I had any extra money, they should be replaced, but I can squeeze out another year from them. So that said, and accepting that I am on a tight budget and would never spend more than $200 on a pair of shoes, what makes a good pair of shoes? What am I missing? What should I look for on a budget?