Okay, I believe I've resigned myself to purchasing a pair of the Tyrwhitt (Loake 1880) shoes. I'll be taking advantage of their half-price promotion, so they'll probably be a good value. I have two questions, to which I've not found the answers on this forum:
1. While many have said they find the rebadged Loake 1880's to be good values, would people say they are roughly comprable in leather and construction quality to companies such as Allen Edmonds and Alden? (I know these makers better than most of the English ones, so comparisons to these would be most beneficial.) I know they won't be like Grenson Masterpieces or EG's, and that's okay. I just don't want to spend my money on something substancially lower in quality than these two makers.
2. I'm also looking at their brown suede cap-toes, which normally retail for about US$215 or so. I know they won't be as high in quality, but I probably wouldn't wear them as much anyway. So, in most of your opinions, are they worth the price?