Originally Posted by hendrix
It's also becuase we're used to seeing aniline dyed leather, not crust leather. If you check out the leather St Crispin uses it has a similar look to it.
Also, the glossyness is just part of the way the Italians finish their shoes; it's seen as good customer service. It comes off in a few wearings so it's not a big deal if you don't like it.
I hate it when it flakes off though.
Santoni does this - and it looks great initially, but wears/flakes off easily.