Overlord Theophany wrote:
Your cheap shoes won't be nearly as comfortable, stylish, or last nearly as long as my expensive shoes.
Style is a matter of taste. I don't like the pointy-toed hipster shoes and they don't mesh well with the rest of my attire. I'm more of a worn jeans, t-shirt and unbuttoned... shirt (you guys need more names for stuff) on top kind of guy. Need some good sneaks to go with that.
As for durability, I've worn out expensive and cheap shoes almost equally fast. It's not so much a matter of how much money was put into the production of the shoe as it is a matter of how thick the soles are. Because I spend a lot of my day walking to and from places, I wear down the soles really fast. Because I'm flatfoot, I wear down the... sec, translating... insoles(?) really fast as well. Combined, it doesn't take long for the wear on both sides to reach the middle and create a hole. And let's face it, when it comes to sneakers, you're often paying for the brand, not the quality.
And comfort depends on the type of insoles I put in them. Because I'm flatfoot and heavy (due to my height I'm over 200lbs), I wear special insoles that supposedly prevent me from destroying my feet when I walk around. The special insoles are cushioned and stuff, so they're quite comfortable. I've worn some of them fancy shoes on special occasions, like weddings and funerals and such. Very uncomfortable when you're used to cushioned insoles.
Shoes, to me, are just footwear. Stuff you put on your feet to keep them dry, secure and warm. That said, I do ensure that my shoes are comfortable when worn, otherwise I'd be wearing clogs all day. I just don't want to fork over $400 for a pair of shoes when I can get some equally comfortable and purrty for $40, unless the $400 shoes last longer than ten pair(s?) of cheap ones.