As for JC Penney's and other dept stores quality for price, I just last year threw away a pair of Stafford cordovan lace up wing tips (shoes) that I got for a job interview right after high school. I'm 50 now. I had them resoled a couple of times, but they kept a hard shine and looked great right up till I ripped the seams. I still have silk ties from Macy*s from the 80s (the style came back twice already!) that still look new, no stretching or fraying.
Not daily wear, mind you, but fairly well used.