I agree. I just picked up a pair of mint pre-owned White's Semi Dress boots for $275. It is EXACTLY what a pair of good boots is worth to me.Clinch boots are just a meme at this point; expensive because of name cachet and hype by various clothing stores. Based on what @dudewuttheheck recently posted on his blog/YouTube (can't remember which one), it seems the quality has gone downhill to keep up with production demands. Don't worry though, those prices aren't going anywhere but up!
I don't know if it's because I'm getting more cynical with age, but I'm growing progressively more weary of this type of extreme exclusive hyped up marketing nonsense in the "heritage" menswear world, the irony being that the brands with the least actual heritage seem to command the highest prices. I'll wear my "inferior" Whites, thanks.
Sure, but next week when I am back in town. Set up an ebay search, they do show up, at very reasonable prices for smaller sizes for sometimes mint boots (mine was a US 7.5 in Whites), which corresponds to about US 8.5 in sneaker sizing.
I don't get it Marc, why is it silly to send money to have other country's makers to make American style clothing?Also, it's kind of silly to send over $1.3k to China to have them make a pair of American style boots.