Originally Posted by airmaxes
higher end shoes, yes. basic acups no (crocs I would imagine so). acups are just their way of putting out a piece of crap, marking up the price, and then having the hood go crazy for it. It's really quite brilliant. But there is a very noticeable difference in their sneakers and laceups/some loafers
This dude hit it on the nail. Back when A-Cups used to retail $295 was when the quality (and when I say quality I'm referring to the comfort, material, as well as aesthetics as opposed to off-stitching, etc.) was the best it ever was when compared to the A-Cups now. I am in no way a stickler for where stuff is made, etc etc because face it all these "assembled in so and so country" means nothing anymore in this day in age. When I used to cop back in HS, the shoes are much more comfortable in the manner that its not as stiff as it is now (mesh, upper, tongue) and did not look as bulky as it does now (you'll see a huge difference doing a side by side comparison) when comparing a Made in Italy joint with a Vietnam. They can attribute the $35 raise in price with the Euro, etc. etc. but we all know that the lower quality means lower overhead so either way they end up not losing. Even the boxes are trash nowadays in comparison to what it used to be. Still, I love my older joints I just don't see myself making a mistake of getting another one of the new joints.
I agree i was just looking at my Green A-Cups that i purchased in Spring 05 and the leather is very quality and comfort level seems to be a bit better than recent Prada's i've bought. People gotta remember though that when demand for something rises quality will always fall because it has to be produced in a larger quantity. I totally forgot that A-Cups were only $295 back in 05 until i looked on the box..... weren't they even as low as $275 back in the early 2000's.
Gucci sneaks still seem to be very quality from recent collections... thats one thing i must say