sure wont duck, I like the Alt Wien style in cordovan by Vass, F last plain derby in Bordeaux shell and a Bentivegna by Piergocomi.What I like - Fit, fit and fit. hand welted, hand lasted and reasonably priced comes second.What I dont like - have to work with standard lasts and patterns. Quality control not as stringent.
I'm not a fan of any brand, even though I have many pairs of one particular brand. There ought to be a reason why a Viennesse firm is almost despised or unknown in its own country so much so that it had to do away with its own Austro Hungarian tradition and gone full circle. Whereas other firms of same origin are thriving.Plus I never quite appreciate anything that is hyped up.
Good to know, Mr Kalman Berta makes some great trees, official supplier to Vass and Many East and central european makers.I have never quite understood why Vass trees do not quite fill flush in the vamp area, does anyone know?