Why the welt is squared off at the toe I'll never understand. When the toe cap of the shoe itself is squared, I understand that the welt would be the same shape. However, many Italian makers prefer to use a square shaped welt with the rounded toe. What an odd choice. However, as Hendrix says, the extra welt edge can be sanded off (since the stitching is nowhere near the square edges. Sandpaper will take forever, so a sander is a great solution.