You'll forgive me for not noting that in the previous 100+ pages
Well it was pre-merger, when this thread was shorter, but it's no problem. You're just one of many posters that's popped in to say how ludicrously expense the recommendations are, which I think is a complete mischaracterization. Sometimes, when posters want it to, the thread will delve into discussion of more expensive items. It's only natural. But the general thrust is cheap OCI garb.
IrwinM.Fletcher wrote:I think it was your statement that AE's are on the low end that got me.
It's just a statement of fact. Leather shoes are legitimately expensive, unlike many other fashion items. That's why the middle range is about $250-350. Most quality laceups are $300+. It's just the way it is. About the cheapest you can get is $75 for a pair of laceup captoes, and they genuinely suck. (Don't get me wrong, I own a pair. You can see the glue. And the shiny leather cracks and is just generally unattractive, but it'll get the job done for OCI if you can't fork over the $200 for a pair of $325 AEs that never go on sale, anywhere, except twice a year at Nordstrom.)
The $600 Aldens that I linked to are actually worth the money IMO, although I don't have the money. They are handmade cordovan shoes. You won't find them on sale (well, maybe you will, but I never have). They will last a lifetime if properly cared for, and they're beautiful.