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This reads as an interesting solution. Any photos?
Although I truly dislike their stupid name, Zonkey Boot does offer one model with truly hand-sewn uppers, the 076: https://www.zonkeyboot.com/shop/catalog/product/zerosevensix-maracca Have you tried the maker yet, Dieworkwear? This might suit your needs well enough.
Head over here for more Austro-Hungarian craft: http://www.newsaboutshoes.eu/forum It's in German, but likely you can understand enough with Google Translate and the photos attached.
...because I have a long loath/hate relationship with Allen-Edmonds. They claim to be one of the greatest American shoe factories when in truth they've been speeding up the production process and cutting down the quality of their pairs with each decade. I could go on&on about the flaws but the usual ones are commonly listed on Styleforum: gaping leather around the ankles, torn seams, torn thread, no shank for support, poorest areas of the hide used as well, upper leather...
Chogall, these look very Bestetti to me, you might want to try him out.
I am sorry, Leaves, I feel the boots have failed: the leather looks rough with those large scales and, judging by the many seams, they've been pieced together from spare hides. The last and sole look fine. Likely this model from first-grade hides would have cost double the end sum, so I understand your decisions.
...well, you know, he could tell you but then he'd have to kill you as well, and take all of your shoes. Pimpin' vintage shoes ain't easy.
Cheaney's Imperial line is very underrated here on Styleforum. I wrote a piece on it a few years ago, and the leather and finishing was very good, fit very snug, price-quality deal excellent.
Chogall, I'm familiar with this method through what I've read about Lobb Ltd., what I've seen in the Meccariello thread, and various style sites. I've never tried the route but I know it's possible with some shoemakers, it's best to ask from them before deciding on the company. It's similar to what the guys on The London Lounge forum do: first they get the cloth, then they pop in at their tailor of choice. Crocogator is a bit different because the hides alone are very...
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