I sometimes wonder about the general trend towards stereotypical 'Italian' style --- elongated lasts, narrow width, slight chiseled toe. Â In reality, even Lattanzi (or Bemer) doesn't make shoes like that. Â If we were to label Cleverley's as the quinessential British style, which maker would you think captures the Italian?
My one big problem with the new Santonis and a few other Italians is the lack of balance between the upper and lower of the shoe. That is, the upper is cut too low (the place where you put your foot in) and with the last being long, the balance is totally lost. In my opinion, that is not so with the original Perry Westons (maybe Jcusey and Offshore agree?), the upper is in balance. As for the quintessential
Italian shoe, I think that there are two "schools" the iconic Gucci horsebit loafer (I personally don't like it), and the beautiful, solid, Lattanzi bentivegnas.