horses for courses, ymmv
Until about 2005/6 I thought only people with deformed feet followed this path.
In a number of cases of high society divorces, the wives have cited expensive shoes in the GBP 600-1000+ as a precursor, or the initial sign that made them zero in on hubbies penchant for high class escorts on business trips. That tells us (i) women don't like the thought of men having expensive shoes and (ii) many of the working rich, whilst buying expensive shoes don't go bespoke.
Several years ago I was tempted by Tim Little where you could go bespoke for GBP 1400, now it's over GBP 2000.
Here, Greve, if you go to Utrecht, will do bespoke for half that. Tempting and their Breda model is excellent, but not quite C&J's. But better than the Northampton lesser brands and the Italian/Spanish shite.