Andrew - got a review of whatchya thought??? Ferragamo fit me pretty well and I always thought I had nice shoes til you guys made me realize how out of my depth I am on shoe conversations :-)
Well, I'm not Andrew, but maybe my opinion would be of interest. I've seen a total of four different categories of the new Zegna/Ferragamo shoes (there may be others, but these are the ones that I've seen). First are the regular Zegna shoes. They're Blake-constructed, and they're decent mid-range shoes. Second is a line of Goodyear-welted shoes. I've only seen these at the Zegna store in NYC, but I very much liked the look of a number of them. As I recall, there was a wholecut model in three different colors that was particularly interesting. At the Zegna store, the Goodyear-welted models alone out of all the others were on sale. I don't know if that means that they're being discontinued or what. I think that they compare with the mid-range Santoni Goodyear-welted shoes in terms of construction quality, and the price was similar. Third are the Napoli Couture shoes. These have a lot of brass slugging on the soles of the shoes, as well as a half-black sole (actually half charcoal gray), but the construction quality doesn't appear to be that much higher than the regular Zegna shoes. Also Blake-constructed. Fourth are the limited edition shoes. These are Goodyear-welted, and they're beautiful. The model that I saw is a stunning antique mid-brown blucher. It was Goodyear-welted, and it had some of the most interesting soles I've ever seen. The shoe bags were suede and the box was leather. Unfortunately, the shoes were stitched aloft. I would have paid $500 or $600 for them. They cost $1095. Oh, well. They'll go on sale eventually. One thing that all of the Zegna shoes that I've seen share is an almost austere simplicity of design. They're certainly Italian shoes, but they're not flamboyant like a lot of what you see from Santoni or Lattanzi. They don't have the quality of the high-end Santoni or Lattanzi shoes, of course, but they are quality products that are worth picking up on sale.