Originally Posted by T4phage
and doc, if there can be another 'standard' to judge these shoes, should there be another standard to judge certain suits/coats?
If someone posted a traditional, handmade Tracht, I wouldn't hold it to the same standards as a modern Zegna suit, no. These things are relative. If I did not want rustic shoes from a small European shoemaking operation, I would not buy rustic shoes from a small European shoemaking operation.
Either you see the charm in this type of thing or you don't. Personally, I don't understand the forum fetish for handwork in RTW shirts. Some folks pay through the nose for it, just because it's charming, or artisinal, or how it used to be done, or something. It's not as neat and clean as a machine stitched shirt, and your collar is more likely to fall off, but hey, it's much more romantic. I don't get it, but I don't begrudge those who like it.