I'll just come right out and confess that I'm just not that into shoes.
I go wild for suits, jackets, shirts, and ties, but below the ankle, "good enough" is good enough for me. Yes this violates every thing I've been told by people who know better who advise spending as much as possible on quality shoes.
I'm pretty firmly in the Trad camp, and know I am supposed to have Aldens, but if 300 bucks are available in the clothing budget, they will go toward a sportcoat from Press or something along those lines.
I have bought a few pairs of Florsheim Imperials, in brown cap toe and British Tan split-toe styles. They appear to be of quality construction and to my eye are perfectly acceptable, traditional-looking shoes. And, on sale, very affordable.
I know that historically they have been looked favorably upon as solid, traditional shoes, but they seem to get no love on AA. Are they badly made/ugly/gauche in some objective way, or do they just pale in the company of Lobb, Edward Green, etc.?
What do you guys think of 'em?
Arthur, today in cheap Bass Weejuns