Sorry to be an ass here, but I don't think this is even the blake-rapid. Â I don't see the stitch on the edge of the sole. Â This is just blake, when the sole is stitched to the insole directly and no reinforcing stitch on the outside. Â This makes for some really light shoes, but I have doubts about the lifespan of such construction method ...
You could very well be right, but one of the biggest Santoni distributors told me that the Orange Lined Santoni's are of Blake Rapid construction. My knowledge of shoe construction is not enough to distinguish between blake rapid and blake.
They're really not for me, but Roy, all the right people seem not to like them. Â Â The color is great, the shape is too aggressive for what I wear. I would trust norcaltransplant on the construction issue. If he endorses it, I wouldn't worry about it.
I'm 22 now and a firm believer that people should dress their age. For more formal events I have normal plain oxfords by C&J. But otherwise I prefer shoes that are a bit more fashion forward.