In my opinion you can not compare with Bestetti Meccariello. I say this to customer Bestetti and insider. Reading your post I went to look at the website of Meccariello and blogs that talk about him. This is to see the latest news before speaking. Looking at photos of Meccariello and Bestetti I'm noticing this.
Meanwhile, in my opinion can not be compared with Bestetti Meccariello. When I look at my shoes and Bestetti MTO I see refinement, taste, correct proportions, craftsmanship, art and pursuit of aesthetic perfection and comfort. Also because I have two very special walk. When I load the body weight on the foot widen much and one is a little crooked. And this shape of my feet was a problem until I met Bestetti. In fact, before I bothered any shoe. But now I am reborn, I have the pleasure of walking. And all this with its MTO. I can not wait to see my bespoke Gladietor that is driving me to enjoy it even more. And he thinks that the MTO has already crazy and unique finishes. In fact, even for the RTW care Bestetti is manic. And this is not to be biased but just look at the pictures to understand.
Looking at your shoes instead of Meccariello see a simple shoe, sometimes too heavy as style and certainly less refined than Bestetti. And this is the shoe of the test or not. Also because the aesthetic sense of beauty and good taste or you have it inside in the DNA or not you'll ever have.
My sincere hope that this personal reflections may be of help for your final decision.
Thanks Gianni for your detailed reply. I really appreciate it and will definitely keep in mind when I make the purchase.
Dear Gianni, comparing Meccariello's standard rtw and mto offerings with Bestetti's novecento or bespoke shoes is like comparing apples and pears. Like both j ingvaldsson and I pointed out there is a HUGE price difference between the two. They are not at the same level and targeting quite different markets.
I agree that Bestetti's current offerngs have great detailing and have a very high level of finishing. Riccardo has really upped his game in the last 5 years or so. I think if you do a good google search you will also find shoes by Riccardo from before that date that have the same or similar deficiencies like the ones you spotted when doing your internet due diligence on Meccariello.
As j ingvaldsson and I mentioned it should be fair to compare Riccardo's novecento line and Antonio's Aurum line when the latter is launched in the next month or so. The pictures of the test shoes I saw were quite impressive to be honest. But that does not take away anything from Riccardo's mastery, as emphasized in my posts here above and earlier in this thread.
I agree with the comparison being apples vs. oranges. To be honest, I guess I really wanted to know which one gives more value. Meccariello gives last adjustment in his RTW pricing. Novocento provides last adjustment feature but at higher price. I did not realize that there would be that much difference in finishing (to my untrained eye). Like you said, Meccariello RTW vs Bestetti RTW or Aurum vs. Novocento would be more fair. Best would be to try both. Sorry, I wont pollute the thread further.