You are an interesting man. This is one of hundreds of different styles manufactured by the maker. I could just as easily find styles by ANY modern maker, no matter what the reputation, with some models that not everyone would like. HOWEVER, I have a feeling that SF is becoming a haven for Brand Whores. Re-brand ANY style shoe (under the G&G or EG moniker), and it's an instant hit here. Why such fear of Vintage Shoes? They can't hurt you.
cross purposes here- .. point is nobody but an enthusiast (or peeps w lotsa $'s) is going to buy a shoe like that Norweger you posted at the retail price they would have to set to cover manufacturing costs. We're talking about an American Co here, not Hungarian.
Now that's not me saying the shoe is bad, that's just a fact of the market.
Second, only an enthusiast would care whether the shoe is hand welted or hand lasted. To survive in the quality shoe biz the manufacturer has to offer something extra- wonderful finishes and lasts, like Lobb + EG + Materna + G&G + Berluti etc that cater to people who want to buy a shoe that's mebe not so perfectly constructed but says about the wearer that he's a man of exquisite taste and has an appreciation of beautiful hand-made (or all but hand-made) things. And that strategy is working for those outfits right now.
.. and about what shoes are posted in this thread- IMO there are objective standards of what looks good, and that's why until recently this thread has been dominated by pics of Lobb, EG, G&G etc and not pics of Florsheim or Allen Edmonds.. insert mass market brand of choice
I felt a bit uneasy when u started posting because vintage shoes from the 40s and 50s are a different look to the dominant trend in the thread. To be clear- those shoes simply don't look as good. And IMO that's not subjective.
And people who buy vintage shoes are buying them for different reasons than the people who buy G&G etc But for me it's not a deal-breaker.