...as for price, it's worth it.
I have to have shoes that I can walk in - I like to walk despite my club feet, it's good for me - and cheap shoes just don't cut it. Those who can shop at cheap shoe stores are lucky, I guess, but the things probably still fall apart in a year or less.
$100 Eccos lasted me for over 5 years, they're about at the end of their lifespan but still wearable (just look shabby). Sadly the Receptor sole isn't something that I can get resoled (as Birkenstocks can be) so they are throwaway, at the end of the day, but worth it.
Just two cents from someone whose feet hurt almost every day.