Originally Posted by diadem
If you don't mind me asking, what was the price delta between the StC's and the Bonafes? And do you think the premium for the seamless wholecut was worth it?
The StC-shoes are more than double the price of EB. That's not a seamless wholecut though, if I'm correct, the seam is on the inside of the heel. If it where a seamless, it would be more than three times the price.
Originally Posted by MGD83
On another note, I really don't understand the appeal of a seamless heel wholecut shoe. Is that what will justify the extra $1000.00 ? The seam is in the back and it's covered by your pants. To each his own, but I just can't see why anybody would care about such a detail, or how that would be a deal breaker.
It's not design that's the reason, it's the idea of a shoe made in one piece of leather without any seams. No one will notice, not even shoe nerds, especially not if it's with the seam on the inside like the StC above (the replies here shows this very well, you can see the seam if you look close on the pics), if the shoe is a wholecut or a seamless wholecut. But the idea and knowledge that you own and wear a shoe without seams is worth the up charge in many peoples eyes. And the possibility to show people the fact that it has no seams, and tell them about how it was constructed... It's each to his own if you think it's worth it, just saying that the look isn't the important thing here.
I would know, I'm waiting for a pair of seamless bespoke from Maftei (though the up charge there is much less, just $250. In fact the price for full bespoke seamless Maftei is lower than standard RTW StC shoes, both with hollow shoe trees. Maftei seamless is at $1600 approx.).