Originally Posted by jerrybrowne
Gerd, what are some of the better makers that make fully pegged AH shoes?
who makes a better car? audi, bmw, mercedes?
imo, there's no real answer to these questions. there are several members who tried the more popular makers and iirc all of them enjoyed the experience. i dunno, if all went the wood pegged route, though.
out of my head:
banis - has some shoes by maftei. he still buys alden's. go figure.
bengal - has worked with materna and afaik he visited maftei, balint, petkov & kudweis.
concordia - has at least two pairs by balint
the.chikor - maftei
cornellian - a guy from boston is a die hard balint fan
binge - karl weiner
sator - i forgot whom he has chosen
grammaton cleric will be in vienna in may and he is planning to visit some artisans: http://www.styleforum.net/t/294889/is-europe-secretly-booming-report-from-vienna
these makers all have in common, that they do not travel. maftei does trunk shows in germany on a regular basis and afaik on request.
hope this helps