Why don't you post pictures of your elite shoes detailing the differences? Better yet, seeing as you're such the big spender you imply cut them in half and provide a breakdown of both.
Although you can't structure a question, I'll answer what you implied - I do have 800+ shoes; A testoni black label and JL, but hey, these are probably poorly hand crafted shoes in Bologna and the UK.
Seeing as you know more about AM than I, please do tell when you visited the workshop, felt his shoes and watched them being crafted. I'm all ears and it will save me the trouble.
EDIT: if you were bright enough to read my post, you would have noticed I said I would go into the store and confirm. So, no, I'm not making excuses for the "crappy" leather as I have no idea what he uses, or who his suppliers are.
It just annoys me when people spread misinformation. AM shoes are shit. I've seen them in the flesh. The materials are poor quality. I'm not going to sugar coat it. I tried, but then you came in and started spreading misinformation. If you knew anything about shoes, you would agree with me.
If you want to support a good Australian shoe, go buy a RMW Craftsman boot for the reasonable price of $380. Don't spend $800 at AM.
Here is what I am wearing today. A pair of City II's that are 2 years old and going strong.