I own at least a dozen pair of Easy Spirit leather loafer-type shoes. They were all made in Brazil. When I ruined some black ones, I bought a new pair at the same outlet I'd always used. While I knew my ES athletic shoes were Made in China, they could be laced to make up for their deficiencies but the leather Brazilian loafers had no such problem---until the latest pair. Unlike earlier ones, these were Made in China. The soles are thinner, there's less padding, the size is too narrow at the widest part, too loose at the heel and my foot sits too low in the shoe, so now I have welts and blisters on both feet. The leather feels thin, and the finish is cracking. I've only worn these a few days and they already look older than a slightly different pair that I bought in 2003.
Since the Chinese-made shoes are obviously cheaper to manufacture, why isn't the price lower? I'd rather have Brazilian made shoes even if they are more expensive. Surely the transportation costs have to be less. For all I know, the Chinese shoes are contaminated with lead and drugs. I'm no longer a customer.