I stopped buying Uptowns because the quality had gotten so bad. I'm someone who remembers them and still have a couple of pairs from the 90's. I was fed up when they wanted to charge $140 or $200 for a "premium" sneaker that you used to get for $85. And the leather they started putting on white on whites was laughable.
Not to mention the terrible shape and fitment from the past at least 10 years. Sizing all over the place. I think it's terrible how they've let such an iconic shoe slip.