Only the true top line of both brands is worth the trouble of considering. Testoni's "Amedio Testoni" line still has some very nice shoes & the Santoni "Limited Editions" are as well made as any RTW on the market.
Thanks, Jrd. More of an Addict than expert... Lol. They are a nice pair from probably mid to late 1950's. Very cool find. Please pm me with details about the rest of them. Very interested to see what you have found... And wether any may be my size.
I was simply asking a very good question about your claims.Chogall has found this photo and shown that the shoeman did NOT "not create a new holdfast on a new insole", but rather simply attached a new welt to the Glued On Gemming.This is NOT a true "handwelt" (which uses a feather handcarved into the insole).I suggest that you follow your own advice and "(be) educated on a subject helps when commenting on it."
Poster missed this photo...I am not a fan of the "Norvegese with Goodyear Welt" construction. It is an oxymoron. Norvegese has NO WELT by definition. If you add a welt, then it is no longer norvegese. This is Goodyear Welted... FAUX Norvegese.On a side note, I can't help but being saddened by that glued on piece of fabric that passes as a "quality construction". Somehow it just doesn't seem right for shoes north of $1k.
Is this even possible?
Convert a goodyear welted shoe to a hand-welt? Maybe use a new insole, carve out a feather and resew it to a new welt? Resew the new welt to the holes already present in the uppers from the goodyear? Does this even make sense to do?