Originally Posted by Artisan Fan
1. Seems to have too few nails on the bottom heel
2. I don't like the exposed stitching on the bottom.
3. Sole does not look well finished to me...there are ripples around the edges.
Those Hiroki shoes are not welted, they are Blake stitched:
Note the long stitches and the distance away from the sole edge. In the waist, the stitching is exposed, and than, just like a tube train, it enters the channelled section to come out again at the end of the journey. That's a very popular production method in Italy (the majority of Ferragamo shoes are made like this).
Those are not hand-made shoes, they are factory-made in a very Italian manner, in look as well as in construction, although the sole states "Made in Japan".