The 3 Difference Between a $100 and $400 Men Leather Shoe

 
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For men who are not too knowledgeable about shoes,

it is difficult to tell the difference.

Or justify the large price difference for a pair of shoe.

A high price does not equate quality.

BUT for a pair of $100 shoe, it is hard to get quality. 

In general, this rule is more or less universal for most goods.

Quality doesnt come cheap. And vice versa.

 

Difference 1: Construction

 CustomMade's Workshop. We handstitched our shoes to give it durability

CustomMade's Workshop. We handstitched our shoes to give it durability

You'll never find a $100 goodyear welted or blake stitched shoe.

Most $100 shoes are cemented.

Similarly, they usually use poorer leather or maybe even synthetic one. 

This is because cemented shoes are the easiest and cheapest to make.

And they don't last as long. 

You simply glue the outsole to the upper.

Done.

As for Goodyear welting or Blake stitching,

you require skilled labour and expensive machinery to make shoes that way.

Consequently, they are a more durable construction. Period. 

Welting/stitching is going to make your shoes last longer compared to just glue. 

And that is what you're paying for. 

 

Difference 2: Shoe last, shape and fitting

 Lasting is the process to give shape to a shoe. It determines the fitting of the shoes. The lasting process at our workshop

Lasting is the process to give shape to a shoe. It determines the fitting of the shoes. The lasting process at our workshop

A $100 dollar shoe is going to be mass produced.

The bottom line for businesses is profitability.

Different feet have different shapes. That is a simple fact.

Mass produced shoes are going to have more square-ish shape or just the average width. 

As this "block like" shape or average width accommodate most feet shape.

The cheaper the shoes, the more "block like"shape it is, as they cater to everyone.

But from my experience, as strange as this sound,

Most men sizing does not fall within the "average" width

That is because feet sizing is very individual. Not a standard or average width. 

As you go up the quality level, the more refined and exclusive the shape is.

Thus, this caters for less people.

This also means you get a shoe shape that is more shaped to your feet.

This means a better fit.

Which is why you pay more.

Like for example, at CustomMade, we have 3 different shoe last (shape/template)

And a person would find a perfect fit in shoe last A but fits poorly in shoe last B. 

Let's admit it, the shape of a shoe affects the attractiveness of it.

 

Difference 3: Leather quality, colors and designs

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It is unlikely you find 7 different hand painted colors

And different extent of brogues in a $100 shoe brand.

Most $100 shoe would be in corrected or pigmented leather.

And come in 2 or 3 different colors. Black or brown. 

They would be artificially corrected and finished so it looks good on the shelf.

But thats about as far as it looks good. On the shelf. 

As you go up the levels of quality,

the leather would be less corrected and more towards full grain calf leather.

Also, higher quality shoes would be handpainted/patina to give it depth and character.

These brands usually offer a much wider range of style, designs and color

For example, we offer 21 designs, 7 different handpainted colors (excluding black). 

A higher price means the flexibility to introduce these elements. 

For quality shoes, the longer you wear it, the more patina and character it develops...

Compared to a cheaper shoe, it gets more beat up as you wear it.


 
 

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