What bothers me about these pieces is the blurring of the line between quality and heritage. Florsheim has a rich heritage, but makes almost exclusively lousy shoes. Their best line is, when it comes to quality, OK. Fair.

There was an article in WWD this week about Eddie Bauer “capitalizing” on their heritage. Perhaps they should try making products that don’t suck. It strikes me as a sick byproduct of the fashion industry’s obsession with marketing over substance.