Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
- United States
Don't lock yourself into looking for a shoe with a closed or an open lacing throat. In your situation, it's just not that big of a deal. Rather, give some thought to the quality characteristics you are looking for in a shoe and then go out and do some real shopping. Several years back i was in Cleveland, Ohio , shopping for shoes and I picked up a pair of first quality Allen Edmond's Leeds, made in #8 shell cordovan, for which I paid (as I recall) right at $16o, out the door. I've been wearing those shoes for the past 38 years and continue to do so ...in my book, that's good value. Last year I had a chance to buy another pair of Allen Edmond's Leeds, these made of grained brown calf hide (a pair of seconds, with no discerable flaws) for just $147. There are real bargains out there...we just have to find them!