Originally Posted by DocHolliday
Not to belabor the point, but I didn't realize Gravati made shoes that looked this good.
How Gravati shoes look depends to a great extent on how good the retailer is in specifying them. They don't maintain stock in anything -- they just make up what retailers order. If the retailer chooses poorly, he can end up with a bunch of ugly shoes. If he chooses well, you can get shoes like these.
BTW, I'm pretty sure that the leather used on these is Radica 033, which is very similar to what JL Paris calls Museum calf.
Originally Posted by billiebob
Can someone explain to me what's going on with the sole? It looks as if these are Blake stitched, then the channel is closed with some kind of compound to protect the stitching?
The shoes might be Blake or they might be Bologna. Gravati uses both construction methods, along with Blake/Rapid and Goodyear. The soles are channeled just like on most good shoes, only the channel flap is cut away around the waist. They will also completely close the channel if the retailer requests it.
JJ, if you haven't already packed these up for shipping, could you post the interior markings? They will look something like this: 014391 10 M 683, comprising the style number, the size, and the last number, respectively.