to me the irregularity is the beauty of handmade goods. I just recently watched the youtube video of Ernest Borgnine touring the Allen Edmonds factory and I'm in awe of the folks who make these shoes.
and I grew up in the 60's/early 70's in the shadow of the Bedford Shoe Co. in Lititz PA. Walking home from school everyday, I'd pass the factory windows filled with local women making shoes. We'd always wave, smile, say hello and laugh everyday. And they always wanted to see my report card on report card days :-) I guess I think of those wonderful women when I lace up my AE's.
When clearly poor stitching that deviates from the stitching channel is considered "beauty," we've been lulled into some seriously low expectations.