I take care of everything. I have coats that are sub $150 and shoes that are sub $60 that are still in great shape. It all depends on how you treat your stuff. I know things have wear and tear but putting cushions back in shoes is key. So I don't believe the "you have to pay top dollar for quality" lingo.
i mean, i will admit that a portion of the price is for the label, but that doesn't necesarily mean that cheaper stuff is gonna be on the same level.
my first pair of dress shoes i bought for work I got at banana republic. they were fairly standard black dress shoes that probably cost me a $100. with regular wear and tear, they wore out in about a year. if i accidentally kicked the side of my desk (not even that hard), entire chunks of "leather" would peel off. as bad as it looked, i dont even know if it was real leather. I've had one pair of Ferragamos for about 5 years now, worn atleast twice a week and they hardly have a nick on em. Even when I've scraped up against something, the leather wont peel off. Any minor scratches and stuff, I just do a nice polish and they look good as new. Forget about the label, just in terms of value I've gotten a lot more from that $350 pair over the last 5 years, than I did the $100 pair in 1 year.