T4Phage's recent comment to marc37 regarding Santoni's varying levels of quality brought this up again in my mind. Some Italian manufacturers (notably Santoni and Lattanzi) boast that some of their shoes are made with Bentivegna construction. Here's what the Santoni website has to say about it:Well, that sounds a lot like a regular old hand-welted shoe to me. Is it?
Quote:Every single centimeter of leather is tacked and sewn by hand on the last, together with a single welt. The welt is made rigorously by hand bordered asymmetrically along the profile of the insole lining. The result is a shoe that transcends time.