I'll just post it in this thread, and if anyone finds the older one, I'll link them.
As I recall the gist of the discussion the comment was made that there's no reason China, despite it's unfortunate reputation for shoddy goods, shouldn't be able to become a source for fine men's footwear. I agree, and pointed out that there was already some makes coming out of China to enter this market, as well as there being other countries in Asia that have been, such as Japan, or are begging to establish such an industry. And I specifically mentioned India as one such source.
While India has long made significant quantities of cheap footwear, the know-how exists there to also make fine quality. I pointed out that a number of English makes evidently now have lines manufactured or partially made there.
Several days ago I cam across a sartorial video from a firm that offers shoe care products and patination of client's shoes. They demonstrate this on a make I'd never heard of; Bridlen. Bridlen shoes are designed in Japan and made in India, and targets a wide range of different price markets of men's shoes, intending to offer good quality at more attractive prices.
The first 6 1/2 minutes of the video is largely a tutorial on the method and products the video producer uses to shine shoes, but the remaining 9+ minutes is a pretty good review of the Bridlen make, covering most relevant points. And frankly, they do past the eyeball test with classic styles, and the more classic lasts that I prefer.
The video focuses on two ranges; one selling for the mid $200's and the top of the make in the low $300's. These ranges employ a 360 welt like Allen Edmonds. I know many love these, though I personally may prefer a more conventional 3/4 welt. The work looks very fine for the prices, and what may impress me most is that use Annonay calf for their uppers, which is a premium quality hide.
Below are the video and the makers website. Take a look, and I'd be interested in learning your impression. As always, I have no involvement with any of these firms.