When I first got them, I took Cold Iron's advice and gave them a treatment with Bickmore's. Only later did I notice this:
You can see the marks where they lined up the pieces of leather when assembling the uppers. See the sliver pencil mark under the brogueing. I found a couple examples on these shoes.
I'm not complaining - for me, these are bad weather casual shoes. And I think the marks would easily come off (as they are designed to), if I hadn't sealed them in with Bickmore's. I think once the waterproofing wears off a bit, they will brush right out.
Just thought it was interesting to see a remnant of the production process.