The quality control of JL is immensely insane. Irrespective of how many pairs they make and
The goodyear welted method - their motto was once "the bare maximum for a man"
JL still stand by that when it comes to aesthetics and finishing!
Backed by Hermes, they have control (if not total) of their tannery and select the
Finest calf, and reject the majority!
From whole-cuts Chapel to Oxford City II models, you will not notice any blemishes/stretches with
the naked eye in any section of the shoes,
If I have to complain one thing about City II, it is that some museum calf shoes have the museum finishing so conspicuous that the shoes look less formal. Other shoes have more subtle museum finishing, which IMO are more formal.
I only buy museum calf shoes if I have the option of return. Some museum calf shoes, IMO, are entirely too marbled, looking messy, even cheap. But museum calf done in a more subtle way is splendid. So far I have had good luck and have never had to return any - and I have museum calf in 4 different colors, including the City II in plum museum and dark brown museum.