A Guide For Buying Good Quality Shoes

A Guide For Buying Good Quality Shoes

May 03 , 2021


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When buying your next pair of shoes, it’s a good idea to consider the quality of them before your purchasing decision.

Doing so will allow you to choose the right pair that will last, rather than buying multiple and throwing them out every few months.

And, with such a wide range of types, brands and styles out there, it can be overwhelming to decide what you want.

Here are 4 considerations to keep in mind when buying good quality shoes.

1. Good Quality Upper Materials

The upper material refers to everything above the outer sole.

And, the quality of this can determine how long your shoes will last as well as how good they still look over time.

For this reason, you should look out for shoes that are made using cheaper materials, such as plastic or thin suede, as these are usually poorer quality.

As such, you should opt for leather when buying quality shoes, due to it being durable, breathable and mouldable to your feet over time.

However, keep in mind that some manufacturers will describe their uppers as “genuine leather”, when actually they’re not -  so look out for leather that is bonded or corrected as these will crease, crack and change colour over time.

2. Shoe Construction

The construction of a shoe is how the uppers and soles hold together; two main ways being stitched or glued.

As such, shoes that have been stitched, whether through blake stitching or storm welts, tend to be higher quality.

In fact, shoes that are stitched together can be repaired over time, which means outer soles can be replaced if they suffer from general wear and tear.

Consequently, shoes that are glued together are cheaper and easier to manufacture - but this increases the likelihood of them falling apart later down the line. 

3. Shoe Production

To determine the quality of shoes, it means you need to take a closer look at how they were made.

Because, shoes that are hand-crafted or made in smaller batches, are typically of higher quality.

One reason being, hand-crafted shoes receive a higher attention to detail and are often made with better quality materials.

As such, if a brand claims their shoes are “hand-crafted”, there would typically be limited availability of that specific design.  

In other words, shoes that are mass-produced will often use cheaper materials and are quicker to make, which can result in poor construction and defects.

4. Price

It’s no surprise - we associate higher prices with better quality.

But, price should never be the sole determining factor when deciding if a pair of shoes are high quality.

Instead, you should compare the prices of others on a scale - those on the lower end will probably lack in quality.

With that said however, even shoes that are expensive are not necessarily better quality; for example a pair of loafers by Gucci cost around the £700 mark and Rancourt and Co’s are in the £300’s -  but the materials are very similar in terms of quality.

Closing Remarks

Overall, you need to pay attention to the materials used, how the shoes have been constructed and produced as opposed to using price as a standalone factor.

So, when you’re buying your next pair of shoes, keep the above considerations in mind before splurging out without no thought.

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