Here’s an updated version of one of the most popular articles on Shoegazing. A comprehensive list with quality shoes for under €300 / $340, now with current prices almost 60 brands of mainly welted shoes from all over the world.
This article was first published in August 2015, and then updated with current prices and many new brands in June 2020.
The brands on the list have all or some of their shoes in the price range just at or below €300 including VAT (which is about $340), and the prices is for purchases in the brands own region (European brands have the European prices listed, American brands the American prices etc.).
• Adelante, a very sympathetic shoe brand, which has a different approach where all shoes are Made to Order, which makes it possible to order in very wide widths etc., by craftsmen in Guatemala who has it as an extra job. Price from €210.
• Andres Sendra, Spanish Sendra are well know for their boots, and a couple of years ago they also launched their own shoe range (they have been making shoes for several other brands for some time though). Nice finish on these Goodyear welted shoes, starting at €260.
• Andrew Locke, an American brand whose shoes are made in Spain. Goodyear welted with closed channel stitching, cemented waists so can be made pretty slim, are found just at the €300 bar.
• Barker, a classic British manufacturer. Has some models made of corrected grain leather in the lower lines which should be avoided, but a couple of ranges consists of is fine shoes starting at the €300 bar. Have their own online shop.
• Berwick Shoes, Spanish brand housing in Almansa, the largest shoe region in Spain. Are growing each year (noticed by for example how their showroom at the shoe fair Micam has grown steadily in size and crowd), with Goodyear welted shoes starting at about €200.
• Bexley, French budget brand which is on the verge of getting to be on this list. Quality is ok, not more, you get what you pay for. All shoes are priced at €149, even if they are Blake stitched or Goodyear welted, loafers or boots.
• Bridlen, an interesting Indian brand, whose shoes are made the old school way with Goodyear welt stitched directly to the insole. Classic styles, solid make. Price around €250.
• Brogues Makers, a Hong Kong based brand with a bit of a special business approach. All shoes are Made to Order, and for Goodyear welted hand painted shoes the price is €180 and then you can add different things like extra arch support, toe taps etc.
• Broken Bird Bootmakers, Swedish brand with Spanish-made Goodyear welted shoes, offer both RTW and MTO, where you can scan your feet in a 3D scanner in their physical stores to find the best fitting last. Price from €300.
• Charles Tyrwhitt, a British giant in affordable classic clothing, which also has a wide range of shoes. Mainly simpler made Goodyear welted shoes at about €200, and don’t fall for the sale thing, Charles Tyrwhitt always has a sale so this is the actual standard price.
• Chevalier, from Indonesia, has been around for a while, they were quite in vogue among boot nerds a couple of years ago, although a bit calmer now. Good prices, good make, leather quality can vary a bit, and they also make a bunch of different shoe models. Start at about €200.
• CNES, a Vietnamese brand who has got a lot of talk going after starting to introduce their shoes in Europe. A lot of bang for the buck, with several different ranges. Goodyear welted start at €240.
• Crownhill Shoes, Spanish brand whose shoes are made in Almansa, a wide range of models, where they have one Goodyear welted entry line at €185 and then a finer range at €300.
• Ed Et Al, a Singapore based brand which has grown quite large in it’s home country, and which also are looking to spread it wings further out in the world. Asian made welted shoes which nowadays mainly work with MTO, priced at €180.
• Finsbury, one of several French brands on this list, popular in their home country with lots of their own stores. Finsbury has Goodyear welted shoes, priced starting below €220.
• Fugashin, from Vietnam (with Japanese owners), nice looking mainly welted stuff often in vibrant colours and interesting make-ups. Prices from €240.
• Gordon & Bros., German brand with Indian made shoes which just like Bexley is on the verge of whether it would be featured or not. Doesn’t have too many models, and look better than they are, but for those with a tight budget, it is still better random glued stuff from the shoe shop around the corner. Prices are for most models €170, which are all Goodyear welted.
• Grant Stone, a US brand with factory in China offering workwear boots and more casual shoes, which have grown a lot in popularity quite quickly. Goodyear welted starting at €230.
• Grenson, English shoe manufacturer that nowadays focus on more casual models. That also goes for the G. Two range which is the only one priced below €300, with some perfectly fine shoes.
• Hartt, from Canada with Goodyear welted shoes and boots made in Spain. Have both dressier as well as casual models in the line-up. Don’t be fooled by the constant sale thing, the prices that seem to be lowered is the standard RRP, and starts at €270.
• Herring Shoes, British webshop that have their own shoes made by for example Loake, Barker, Cheaney and Alfred Sargent. The cheapest lines are made in Asia and are so so, but there’s some ranges is great budget quality shoes made by the three firms mentioned above, priced a bit below €300.
• Howard Yount, American clothing brand that also has a nice shoe collection made with Bologna construction, costing just at about €300.
• J. FitzPatrick JF Line, entry level range from the American brand started by Justin “The Shoe Snob” FitzPatrick. Goodyear welted in Almansa, Spain, starting at €230.
• Jack Erwin, an American brand with nicely priced Blake stitched and some Goodyear welted shoes, the former start at about €200. The standard range consists of the classics, and then some seasonal models that take out the turns a bit more. Made in Spain.
• Jalan Sriwiyaja, a manufacturer from Indonesia, with the Japanese market being the most important for them. Makes hand welted shoes with machine stitched soles of leathers from the French tanneries Du Puy and D’Annonay, and retail starts at the moderate price of €280 for these (in Indonesia with domestic leathers starting price is €180).
• John Doe, an American brand with shoes made in Mexico, really cheap Goodyear welted shoes which certainly aren’t refined in the make, but the price can still be attractive. Starts at €140.
• Junkard, from Indonesia, focus on service boot styles, they have both RTW shop and MTO programme, and are considered excellent for the price, from €210.
• Loake, well-established British manufacturer of classic Goodyear welted shoes, whose range 1880 is mainly to recommend in this price range. It’s priced from about €280.
• Loding, French budget brand with nice finish for the money and with “continental lasts”, quite pointy that is, priced at about €160. The shoes are made in Portugal, some Blake stitched, some Goodyear welted.
• Malfroid, French brand, Portugese-made shoes. Quite similar type of offerings to many other French brands in the lower-end price range of Goodyear welted shoes, also with patina service. Price from €285.
• Mario Minardi, one of several Indonesian brands on this list, with quite slender a bit French feeling Goodyear welted shoes priced at around €210.
• Mark Albert Boots, from the US with American made Goodyear welted workwear boots, whose stuff starts at €230 (what appears to be a sale price is the RRP).
• Meermin, definitely the most hyped brand in the segment the past years. Spanish brand whose shoes are made in China. Two lines, Classic line is Goodyear welted and cost €170, Linea Maestro is hand welted at impressive €260. Known for being quite stiff and hard to break in. Also do a lot of so called Group MTO models.
• Miles & Louie, a Mexican brand with casual Goodyear welted shoes. Not super refined, but should be decent. Cost from €100 when it’s domestic leathers, about 50% more when leather from American Horween.
• Morjas, Swedish brand with well-designed Goodyear welted shoes made in Spain. Focus on a few classic models in many different leather choices (avoid the smooth leather though, since it’s plastic covered corrected grain leather). Priced from €230.
• Myrqvist, another Swedish brand, whose Goodyear welted shoes are made in Portugal. Focus on classic models, but also have a few more special make-ups. Priced around €220.
• Onderhoud, Indonesian brand of fine hand welted boots. You order direct via contact on their Instagram, so a bit unorthodox, but impressive quality for the €230 they cost.
• Orban’s, the latest brand launched Marcos Fernandez, with simply but well made welted shoes produced in Spain. Priced at only €160.
• Otsuka, a Japanese brand with several different lines. Their cheaper welted ones cost from about €200 in Japan, and are nicely looking for that price point.
• Parkhurst, American brand with boots made in the state of New York. Quite popular domestically since it’s low-priced American-made boots, starting from €270.
• Patine, a Polish webshop, who have their own private label brand of Goodyear welted shoes made in Spain. Pretty good stuff for the price of €230.
• Pediwear, British webshop which in recent years have launched their own shoe collections. The shoes are Asian made and Goodyear welted at prices below €200.
• Prime Shoes, German brand with a pretty ugly website, but pretty good looking Goodyear welted shoes for prices below €300.
• Prince Jorge, another French brand with affordable Spanish made shoes. Previously called Markowski and was a sister brand to Septieme Largeur, both founded by Marcos Fernandez who left Markowski in 2012. Since then the brand has seen sort of a revamp and changed name to Prince Jorge. With Goodyear welted shoes with full grain leather from €280.
• Robinson’s, the Private Label brand of the Irish store Robinson’s Shoes. Made in the Barker factory in Northampton, solid British welted shoes starting at €290.
• Sagara Bootmaker, one of the bigger Indonesian makers of hand welted boots and shoes, who also has a good website. They are starting at around €200.
• Sanders, a classic British maker of entry-level Goodyear welted shoes, who nowadays also make a bunch of more casual styles and make-ups. Start from about €250.
• Scotch Grain, one of the most successful Japanese-made Goodyear welted budget brands, who have a solid quality for the price, with focus on classic styles. Starts at about €250 in Japan
• Septiéme Largeur, French = check, Spanish-made = check, Goodyear welted = check. A lot of bang for the buck with a bunch of different, often well executed, models and lasts, with prices starting off at €275. Also offer a patina service.
• Shoepassion, German brand with a great website and a large selection of models. Quite well made Goodyear welted shoes with mostly full grain leather, made in Spain, placed in the range of €250.
• Skolyx, Swedish brand, shoes made on Mallorca, well-renowned with budget Goodyear welted shoes with leathers from for example Du Puy and Annonay, leather board heel stiffeners etc. priced from €220. (Note, I’m employed by Skolyx).
• Spier & Mackay, a Canadian clothing brand who have a quite nice range of Portugese-made Goodyear welted footwear. Prices at about €220.
• Thomas George Collection, an Australian brand with shoes made by the Fugashin factory in Vietnam. Supposedly solid stuff with nice features like closed channel leather soles, which focus on classic Goodyear welted models. Price from about €220.
• Thursday Boots, American brand with shoes made domestically and in Mexico and Europe, Goodyear welted workwear boots and mainly casual shoes. Quite popular in the US nowadays, not least thanks to their low prices starting at only about €160.
• Txture, one of several highly interesting Indonesian brands, who make hand welted boots starting at only about €185, and who ship worldwide. Serious bang for the buck brand.
• Union Imperial, a Japanese brand with three ranges who are all hand welted with machine stitched outsoles. The cheapest one is made in China and cost around €220, a midrange is partly made in China and partly in Japan which is priced about €300, and then a top line all Japanese made which cost more.
• Velasca, an Italian brand that has grown big, used to do only Blake/Rapid stitched shoes (which you can resole the same way as Goodyear welted shoes), now most are only Blake stitched with bond welts (“fake” welts, though they are fully open with this), but has some Blake/Rapid models still in the line-up. Priced from €210.
• Yanko, based on the Spanish island Mallorca, the brand was once a huge manufacturer, and the families who run Carmina and Meermin both worked here. Yanko had a rough period around year 2000, but have been built up again and has a good reputation. Prices at around €300. (Top picture show Yanko shoes.)
It’s always hard to feature all brands possible, and of course there are several missing here. Please feel free to tip about other brands in the comments field.
I’m not sure if Miyagi Kagyo is possible to find for under €300. When I was in Tokyo the price was around ¥56 000+ so around €400+. If I remember correct they did increase the price of their shoes recently (6 months ago or so).
Jacke: Okay, was that for all their ranges? I know they used to have shoes below 42 000 yen, but some like their premium range was priced well above, but maybe you’re right that all shoes now are above.
I don’t know if WFG has all of Miyagi Kagyo ranges. So it is possible that there are shoes from Miyagi Kagyo that costs less then €300. WFG had shoes from Miyagi Kagyo in the price range from 56 000 yen to 80 000 yen (or higher, can remember exactly).
Jacke: Ok, have to see if I can find some info on this. Thanks for the heads up!
Can you explain why you don’t lime corrected grain leather, in this context? I can understand that it is obviously not as much a premium product as full-grain leather, but it seems Indonesia contexts (e.g.furniture subjected to heavy wear) that it might be preferable to full-grain for durability. Is that not the case for shoes?
Christopher: The surface of corrected grain leather will crack on shoes, when it’s bent over and over. And once it has cracked, you can’t repair it. It can look nice for a while, and is easy to maintain, but in terms of durability it is not close to a good full grain leather.
When it comes to furnishing, maybe it could be good for things that are more or less solid, where the leather isn’t bent, but otherwise I would say that full grain leather always will be superior.
I understood that Magnanni shoes were mostly made with Bologna construction instead of Blake, is it true? As I have a few pairs of this brand, how can recognize if they are Bologna or Blake?
Mercurio: They use both Blake and Bologna construction. The difference is that with Bologna the upper is made like a sock in the forepart of the shoe, can be hard to see though since it’s placed under the insole.
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Nice list and very useful for searching around for a pair of nice goodyear welted shoes.
I have come across another German brand called “Prime Shoes”. They have goodyear welted shoes, and are priced between 200 and 300 Euros — some types have Rendenbach soles. So they will fit in the list I guess?
I don’t own a pair, however, so cannot comment on quality and leather. The lasts and styles look quite classic and decent, not unlike the offerings of Shoepassion.
Great article about men’s shoes quality. The information, that you shared here extremely helpful. Thanks!!
Fashion Haul: Big thanks!
This article is not so old but the prices seem very out of date. Some of the shoes were nearly double the price range mentioned in the article, and many did not fit into the price category introduced at the beginning of the article. Might be time for an update.
Graham: Yeah, part is since it’s translated from the original Swedish post that was posted in 2013. Would definitely need an update, struggle to find the time to do all the things that needs to be done both here on the English blog and the Swedish one.
Hi, really great content for people who are on a budget. Could you possibly do article on mid priced quality shoes (300-700 range). If can’t, could you recommend on what brand to look for chelsea boots (sleek, versatile, soft/hard-ish chiseled toe, and good quality for the price). Thanks!
these could be added to your list :
Thanks for adding http://www.benson-shoes.be/en/
I believe Sanders & Sanders Ltd. should be on this list as well. Prices for most shoes are well below 300€, most models are made with proper leather and they are Goodyear welted.
Since 2018 I’d definitely add Patine (www.patine.pl) with their home range GYW shoes built on lasts by a renowned Polish shoemaker, Tadeusz Januszkiewicz. Classic models made in Spain (to my knowledge).
Dominik: Yeah, they can definitely be included. Have gotten a bunch of new brands to add, will do when have time.
Idrese make very good Goodyear Welt shoes and sneakers
I would add Cobbler Union (https://www.cobbler-union.com/) and Ace Marks (https://www.acemarks.com/) to the list. Both are very high quality and incredible values for the price.
How about Carlos Santos, Löf & Tung, Sagara, Allen Edmond ?
you definitely need to add Vahtia into the list, just recently acquired their low cut shoes for only USD 212, and they were on sale original price is around USD295 – USD310.
handwelted and leather from European tannery such as Du Puy and D’Annonay.
Andy White: Yeah, I only have such a hard time with brands writing BS like “Unbeatable quality. Unmatchable price.” on their site, I just immediately leave when see that type of things.
Mael: All those brands are above €300 RRP in their domestic markets.
Darren: They have so few shoes available in their online shop though, so a bit too inaccessible for most to be worth including I thought.
Great website Jesper. Discovered your address on a hyperlink in Permanent Style. Nice to see Spier and MacKay on your list. I have purchased from them in the past, and they offer great value for their price points. We have woefully few such sites here in Canada, thus appreciate sites such as yours even more.
Hi Jesper. I moved to Spain couple of years ago and while researching local forums and classified websites came across another local brand called Tallsem. They do Blake shoes only, don’t have an English version of their website, but on paper (and I haven’t seen or tried those), value for money looks decent (like an even cheaper Bexley). Basic models start from around €81, with boots up to 110 and some “premium” models made from d’Annonay leathers for 125.
Rondell Humphreys: Thanks! Glad you found your way here. Nice to hear you have good experience with Spier & McKay.
Igor: Yeah, Tallsem is a bit below the level on this list (as mention Bexley is on the verge, if they didn’t have Goodyear welted models), focus on welted shoes here. But for their price they look quite nice surely.
Great listing compiling all these brands
Here is one from Canada to consider adding to your list, made in Spain of course 🙂
Thanks for a great article. Can you please consider The Thomas George Collection for your Australian readers? Thanks.
Gaurav Mehra: Cheers! Ok cool, will check them out, seem to have some problems with the website atm but will look later.
James Seaford: Thanks! Yes true, could be added for sure.
Informative piece of research and thanks for updating recently. As you say, there will always be omissions from any list and this is a great place to start for anyone looking for good value welted shoes. I can see why Carlos Santos and Joseph Cheaney would be missed off as they start at retail prices above your 300 euro threshold even though there are lots on sale at around 250-280 euro. The obvious UK omission would be NPS Solovair – long Northants heritage manufacturing for Airwair and their own Solovair range before starting their UK-made GYW range under the NPS brand. Quality is solid (and stiff!), prices not so stiff at £175-255. Others: Eves & Gray – the jury may be out still on whether they are quality or not but they’re available for £220, if you like that burnished look with purple soles (I don’t); Malfroid, a Paris-based previous Septieme Largeur-associated atelier, with French designs, manufactured in Portugal, starting at 285 euro for GYW but with frequent discounts. Their patina workshop is Paris-based; Robinsons shoes – large online retailer based in Ireland with the same concept as Herring/Pediwear, their own-label shoes are Barker. NB Herring also has Santos-made lines starting at under 300 euro, which is a good way to find Santos for under that price.
Steve Simmons: Thanks!
It’s RRP in domestic markets that is base, can’t take sales into account for this type of lists.
NPS I might add, Solovair is mainly corrected grain stuff nowadays so on the limit. Eves & Grey does not qualify. Malfroid I have already added, if you check again above. Robison’s have been featured many times on the blog, could add their private label line, good tip. Herring is already on the list, and regarding their Santos made shoes I believe they have lower specs than Santos own.
Can you elaborate on your statement regarding the Carlos Santos made shoes for Herring as being of lower specs than Santos own?
I own the Herring Churchstow boots by Carlos Santos and I don’t see where they could be of a lower standard that the Carlos Santos boots sold by other suppliers.
This is what they say in their description: “Herring Churchstow is a tall boot with a lightweight commando pattern sole and contrast Norwegian stitching into the upper, along with a Goodyear stitch into the sole. This double stitching is rare in modern factories and is a testament to the handcraft used at the Carlos Santos factory where these are made exclusively for us.”
Mercurio: I believe main difference is that Carlos Santos has leather board heel stiffeners, while Herring’s shoes have celastic heel stiffeners. It’s what I’ve heard though, so can’t say for sure.
Thank you, I will ask them to be sure.
Herring has always had an excellent customer service and will respond surely. I also own different Herring branded models but made by Cheaney or Loake, with no issues.
Paul: (late reply since your comment was in spam folder, due to the links) Cobbler Union is above €300 / $340 RRP, and Ace Marks only make Blake stitched shoes, this list focus on welted footwear.
Hi Jesper. Great to see such a strong list of contenders still producing great quality footwear for the discerning shoe wearer. Many of these I hadn’t come across before, which I’ve noted for further investigation (as if I needed more shoes…)! You may be interested in another British-made (Alfred Sargent) French-brand called Bowen. I stumbled upon them a few years ago in Picadilly Arcade and was pleasantly surprised by the offering. They’re at the higher end of 300EUR and are very proud of their history in partnership with Alfred Sargent.
Anyway, plenty of names already on your list, but I thought you’d be interested to see another one. I have a few pairs now and they’ve been a joy to wear. Thanks again for the informative write up.
Fred Pronder: Glad you enjoyed the list! Bowen’s RRP is just above €300, so that’s why they aren’t included. Bowen was started by Marcos Fernandez (also behind Emling, Markowski, Septieme Largeur and Orban’s), now owned by Manbow, and Manbow bought Alfred Sargent a few years ago, so they have the same owners and some of Bowen’s shoes are made in the Sargent factory. Personally I liked the Bowen/Sargent store in the Piccadilly Arcade a bit better a few years back, when they had more Alfred Sargent Exclusive and Handgrade stuff there. Still a nice store though!
List is a joke without any mention of Carmina
Kevin: It’s a list of shoes that cost below €300. Carmina cost €400, so obviously they are not included.
I am wondering how come a brands such as Thursday Boots/Meermin/Loding/Orban etc. can have boots priced lower than the Indonesian/Vietnamese brands (and even Chinese brands, which are always over 300)? Despite the big discrepancy in the cost of labor? Would it then be reasonable to assume that I am getting a much higher quality shoe ordering from say Junkard or Fugashin than I would if I ordered from Thursday/Meermin/Bexley/Loding/Orban?
Thank you for your reply!
Please, many of us who live in Africa find it cumbersome to access this market and the the challenge of shipping is a factor that must be resolved. This is an exciting platform to look at variety of shoe brands but we need to know how to access these products.
Hi Jesper, not taking price into account, how do you think Löf & Tung shoes compare to TLB and TLB Artista?
David: I am biased here, as you know, but I think Artista certainly is a step up, although both are surely good stuff. If you just look at some specs which can be viewed rather objectively:
L&T – A bit wider slightly bevelled waist
Artista – Very narrow bevelled waist (also for rubber soles), bevelling goes all the way under the heel for stronger waist
L&T – Leather board heel stiffener
Artista – Real leather heel stiffener
L&T – Normal cut heels
Artista – Close-cut heels
L&T – 6 spi sole stitch
Artista – 8 spi sole stitch
L&T – Normally sanded sole and heel edges
Artista – Smooth sanded sole and heel edges
For the sake of information, wouldn’t it be a good idea to indicate who makes for those brands? Many are private labels whose shoes are manufactured by only a handful of factories, e.g. Sendra and Carlos Santos.
David: I never publically state on the blog who makes whose shoes unless the involved themselves are public with it. It’s just out of respect for the businesses. And what people have to understand is that which factory that makes is one thing, but most factories, especially those who do for a wide range of brands, can make shoes with very different specifications. One can’t go around and think that all shoes made by Sendra or all shoes made by Crockett & Jones are the same, not even if they look the same there can be great variations.
Despite their hype, Meermin’s inconsistent production and terrible customer service in the US should be noted. The last time I purchased from them I received shoes in a color starkly different from what was pictured and was refused a refund. Similar anecdotes abound online.
Ben: Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Yeah, I believe Meermin has had problems handling their growth, unfortunately.
Jesper, why am I literally the only person who doesn’t get a reply ?. Everyone else gets replied to in a day and I am here waiting my turn for a year now.
Rob: Sorry, certainly not my intention, I had just missed your comment! When new comments are posted on old articles I get a notification, but sometimes I miss these and then I’m afraid I don’t come back with a comment.
Anyway, yes, I would say that most Vietnamese brands like CNES or Fugashin are better than the ones you list, and certainly the Indonesian boots that are hand welted with handmade sole stitching, like from Junkard, Santalum, Txture, Midas etc are in many ways better, especially regarding construction method then.
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Such a useful list but could use a little updating – some links were dead. Could be worth checking on the pricing too 🙂
Great list. As I just moved from Brazil to Indonesia, it was really useful.
By the way, loved your website and the infos allround.
Bruno: Thanks! Alright cool, you got plenty of good makers, especially of workwear boot stuff, locally now then.
My feet are very narrow: AAAA . And I am a man. What brand of the above mentioned should I look for? Is there a brand with very narrow shoe lasts? My instep is flat also. So I need shoes with a lower volume for its length.
Thanks for the list – I learned a lot!
Do you know if Finsbury is active?
I had a few questions about one of their sandals, but they are not responding. I emailed them via their website and messaged on Twitter and Instagram,
Tigran: Glad to hear! Yes sure they are still active.
we are a China shoe factory for MEN-LADIES in good quality with seam BLACK and a special attention for the comfort and the health.
Do you import shoes directly from China ?
Let me know if you are interested.
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will you recommend as a budget choice to go with Morjas mid-brown suede oxfords instead of Antonio Meccariello Principes
300$ for Morjas, 550 Euro AM
Lio: There’s quite a big difference on most regards between Morjas and AM Principes, so if you really want the latter I’d save up a bit longer for those.
so for twice the price I get much more than 2 times quality? value-for-money-wise
What are the compromises with Morjas?
I suppose the suede quality. but the construction seems solid enough for this kind of shoe
Lio: Sort of. Morjas are simpler made, less good materials, less clean. None are bad shoes, but of course if you pay more for AM you’ll get better footwear. It’s up to you if it’s worth it.