If he shoe fits and works with the cleat needs then wear it. Like wine, shoe differences from costly to cheap is hard to define but is understand after some experience. You will have to find the sweet spot for your self. Andy.
I bought my first pair of nice shoes a few years ago after doing some research. I found much of what you pay for is in the rigidity of the sole. There are different materials from plastic to carbon. The more expensive ones have a firmer sole and they are rated by number. The higher numbers are firmer and firmer soles transfer more of your effort to the pedal. Trust me this is more important than you think. Next is the way the shoe secures to your foot. Some are velcro, others have a ratcheting device which is much nicer for a tight fit which you can easily adjust even during a ride. My pair has a wheel which I can turn which pulls a cable to tighten the shoe. LOVE them. Obviously the fit is crucial and since they can get expensive you should be sure the fit is good. Park Ave has a great device for making sure the fit is correct and I highly recommend them. One thing you can be sure of is that you get what you pay for but shop around for the best price.
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