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Quality of brands of shoes

I've gotten to the point where I've become willing to pay an increasing amount for shoes, but only if they're high quality. For instance, I'm saving up money for the 20 eye steel toed black leather boots here because I've heard that the brand is really well made. (Er, there would be a link but the site is apparently down. Nearly $200 w/ shipping Tred Air boots.)



Demonia - comfortable, generally, but not so well made. Broke a buckle strap in a few months off one pair of maryjanes. If you wear the boots every day like my mom does for work, they will be beat up looking in six months and worn out in about a year. The insides will start shredding/coming loose and eventually the soles will start ungluing. They do seem to be the official generic gothic and lolita brand of shoes, but I just think I can get more for my money with a different brand even if they won't be so uber goth or super lolita.

Jante - A step or two up from Demonia. Pretty comfortable for 5 1/2" heels, my boots are. Little narrow in the toes. Popped one eyelet out on one boot in a month. The surface of the heels is starting to wear about a year later. Overall, not bad for the price.

Lower East Side - a Payless brand. N I've had one pair of boots from them that I've had since I was 12 1/2 (I'm turning 20 this month) and while they are extremely beat up now completely with a hole worn near a seam that gets a lot of stress, they're still comfortable and functional. They don't seem to be making stuff as well as they used to though. They're less comfortable and quicker to wear out and I'm gentler on my shoes now.

Double Decker - Waiting for this pair. They seem to have a good rep on here, but I'll have to see for myself.




I love these shoes, but I heard that Baci is not worth the money quality wise.

I'm vaguely considering getting Capezio's can can boots to fulfill my burning need for Victorian style boots, figuring that dancer's shoes and boots should be pretty high quality. But would they be worh the $200 or more?
If not those, I was thinking either ones from Tribeca or Nine West or Kenneth Cole in order of which I like best. There's way cheaper Bongo ones but they're not close enough to Victorianish for me. And would I get what I paid for?

I'm eyeing some Gabriella Rocha pumps and am torn between the off-white versions of two Dollhouse brand shoes - heels or flats? Any quality input on these? I'm in love with all the ivory that's so popular at the moment and want to make myself lots of aristo stuff from the color and feel the need for off-white shoes to match and I like these for it.

I'm also vaguely considering another Capezio shoe - maryjanes this time. They have cheaper versions with lower heels, but I definitely prefer higher heels on maryjanes.</a>


Any other brands with loliables not mentioned that have wowed you, horrified you, or been found to be thoroughly hit or miss? Shoe STORES don't count because they tend to carry a bunch of different brands.
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