Originally Posted by Saratorial_Splender
I am a fan of Mr. Bestetti, but I think the croc is an overkill. Like guilding the lily.
I hadn't even noticed the Croc lacing until I looked for the 3rd time. I agree that it was a bit un-necessary, but a Ballsy touch nonetheless.
Originally Posted by hendrix
that thing is so sexy. damn.
One thing that's slightly annoying is the brown polish that's ended up on the stitching. Probably would happen anyway during regular maintenance, not a big deal.
Personally not a fan of the white colored Norv stitch. Santoni & Lattanzi antique the stitch very nicely. I do agree with Sr. Meister that Bestetti wanted some color added to that stitch, but also wanted to stay true to the 1940's U.S. welt stitching coloring that harkens to.
Originally Posted by VRaivio
Meh...Norvegese and Goyser stitching look so much better when done in a 360-fashion.
The single drawback to 360 degree Norv (not as much Bentivegna) is that the shoes are left with wider waists. I can see here that Mr. Bestetti wanted to add the rustic charm of the Norv, but ALSO wanted to keep his signature slender waist. Thus the 180 degree stitch.
With Bentivegna, the narrow waist can still be attained when the down-stitch part is tucked in around the heels. Although I have NOT deconstructed a Santoni or Lattanzi Norv shoe (maybe I will someday), I am guessing they use a rand around the heel area and use pegs, like Vass.