I have no experience with Mephisto shoes, but have owned a dozen plus Ecco shoes over the years, including a pair of Track II Low, which I wore out without replacing. I am now considering either the Ecco Track 25 Low or the Mephisto ISAK GT for a pending four week trip to Italy this October, for which I intend to only bring one pair of shoes. We will be doing the 17-day RS tour, plus travel on our own.
For those who own Mephisto shoes, especially the ISAK GT, with respect to performance (e.g. comfort, durability, etc.), what makes them superior to Ecco shoes such that they can demand a much higher price point? Is the premium price due only to the fact that Mephisto shoes are, per their literature, handmade?
Unfortunately, I live a few hours away from the nearest Mephisto dealer. Should I buy a pair, I will order them from Mephisto directly.