What I find interesting thing is that when you cut through all the incoherent, subjective BS, I am...and always have been...advocating for a better shoe. Better made, better prices, less deception, more responsibility, and knowledge and understanding for the consumer.
Everything Chogall and Nick and others like them are saying boils down to "Don't worry, be happy." And "stay ignorant--it's all academic and inconsequential." They advocate for cheaper and unremarkable and placatory.
That's why meaningless sophomoric generalizations are their modus operandi. (see above)
DWFII, could you tell me/us your opinions about the leather used for insoles - obviously I'm talking about the leather insoles used for HW shoes. Are there different grades of leather used for HW insole leather? What's the optimum thickness? If one orders a pair of HW shoes, is it something to discuss in terms of quality/thickness, or is it just for the maker to decide? What are the leathers available for this piece in a HW shoe? Thanks.