There is one big difference which you haven't mentioned so far: one shoemaker (Shoji/Marquess) uses a fudge wheel, while Yohei employs a stitch-marker. The look is quite different, the fudge wheeled welt has a chamfer on the outside, while with the stitch-marker the ridges get cut off abruptly. Now DW will come in singing the praises of the stitch-marker (because he uses it), you might find that welt 'more distinct' but I find it a rather crude method. (I presume the stitch-marked welt is more forgiving if rotary sanding/finishing wheels are employed.)
There is also a geographical divide in Europe: England and France uses the fudge wheel, while in Austria, Hungary and further east, the stitch-marker rules.(Check your Maftei and Kielman shoes.)
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
English-style (actually that shoe is Shoji/Marquess) fudge wheel, showing the typical pyramids. Stitched at about 12 stitches/inch.
As Thundermarch states above, Yohei also uses a fudge wheel.
I could be mistaken...photos are deceiving and never tell the whole story anyway...but the thing I noticed immediately, between the two shoes (and maybe of greater significance than the welt treatment), is that one appears to made of leather that is "struck through" and the other is not.
No comment, no judgement.
I reacted on this as well at first, but after looking more closely the Freudenberg leather isn't struck through either. You see it quite evidently in some holes, and especially if you look at the skived tongue. I'm not sure why it does look like that in some areas, if they've been going over the holes carefully with pigmented cream (but then brushed most of it off) or whatever.
Nice comparison. Amazed you got all that down in some hours.
Your chisel toe would be more towards what Marquess' square toe shape toe is like. It's fun to see how the proportions change due to a slight rounding of the edges.
In my opinion, the main difference of the last shape is how Shoji aspires to keep the lines as straight as possible, whereas Yohei cuts in a bit more to acquire his look.
I think they're both great, but for my next pair I may ask for a slightly more rounded chisel.
As for our feet, they are indeed quite similar. I don't have the hallux issues, but do have the three-toes-same-length-issue I think this makes your last possible to cut in a bit sharper too.
The unlined tongue with skived edges is an amazing feat that I had not experienced before Marquess. Very comfortable:
Hehe, I work fast Yes, it makes sense that much of the different in looks is due to our different shaped feet, even if both probably could accentuate it a bit more towards the other's version if they'd wanted.
Thanks a lot!