I've found that the saying "you get what you pay for," is sometimes true and other times not so true. Is there any brand that has earned your loyalty to the point you never (or almost never) stray? For dress shoes, I haven't bought any other brand than Allen Edmonds for about 10 years. They're made in the US and pretty costly when full price, but if I catch them on sale (or seconds) they're worth it to me. They fit very comfortably when I first put them on, and I find that they last long and hold up well. I do like the fact they're made in the US (Port Washington, WI) and I've found their customer service to be good. With guitars, I'm open to a lot of different brands, so I'm not blindly loyal to just one brand.