Geektastic:Lizard1977: "Expensive" shoes. For years I bought cheap sneakers from the Warehouse, but they never lasted for more than a couple of months before the heel would collapse like a souffle. About 7 years ago I took the plunge and bought proper sneakers from the Shoe Clinic. My feet haven't stopped thanking me, they've lasted for years and years, and the average cost (compared with the cost of buying new shoes from the Warehouse every few months) works out much better. I just refuse to buy cheap shoes anymore - it's a false economy for me. I've bought two pairs of sneakers from them (one pair of miAdidas customised to my feet), one pair of court shoes for badminton, and one pair of business shoes. Not only do they last, they feel as comfortable as they did on day one.
Next time you're in London, may I recommend Lobbs in St James?
Their craftsmen make wooden lasts that match YOUR feet precisely and then each pair of shoes you order is made on those lasts. Better shoes you could not get.
Added trivia - they could make shoes today that would fit Queen Victoria perfectly, because they still have their lasts of her feet!
The price, you say? Ahem. If sir has to ask, he may be more comfortable seeking his footwear elsewhere....!
Wow! Yeah, I guess that's why I put expensive in quotes. Definitely compared to Warehouse shoes, my current collection is expensive, but probably not expensive in the grand scheme of things. Certainly not nearly $6000! :) Sir would most definitely be seeking more affordable footwear! Bet they would be comfy though...
Still - you've got to be impressed by the commitment to perfecting a craft, even if it sets you back almost as much as a reasonably good second hand car...