My closet is full of nice shoes. Some I have had for over 15 years. That air of crocodile loafers you said I was an idiot for spending $750 on? Yep. 15 years. Amortize that.
My latest discovery is Crockett & Jones. I got a pair of "Drummond"; a brogue oxford shoe with wingtip design and light punching detail. Made from the finest calf leather and suede with single leather soles for the Crockett & Jones Men's Main Collection
These are English shoes. Fabulous construction. Not s costly as some, but not cheap by any means. Check out this video from the C&J website - it's really amazing. Afterward, try to hold off from immediately running out and buying a pair. They are hard to find unless you are in NY - Barney's or the C&J store (the only retail location int he US).