Originally Posted by michelinman
the upper looks beautiful both design wise and antiquing wise, but the sole look like a cheap job which leads me to be a little afraid about 1) the overall leather and construction quality 2) how will the antiquing age
Of course a closed channel sole would have been nicer. Also, the paint/ finish job on the soles could have been nicer as well. However, that is not a reflection on construction or on leather quality. At the $600 price point (Alden Shell, C&J handgrade, etc) you don't get fabulous sole treatments. For $1200, EG will give you one. At around the $900- $1000 range (which Bontoni recently was, but has raised prices as have all makers), I'd prefer the xtra $$$ be spent on the uppers. Bontoni's are even nicer in person than in pics.