Wootten's shoes look interesting but - whilst admitting that I know virtually nothing about his operation - it could be worth being a little cautious about leather quality.
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You can see a couple of examples of the coarser grain in the leather on this shoe, this shoe, too, and this bag.
I don't know if you can request that he use calf leather (probably for an upcharge) but, depending on what the sample or off-the-rack shoes look like when you get to handle them, it could be worth it.
Edit: I just noticed that on the FAQ section of the Wootten website, under "materials and construction", it mentions:
What leather do you use?
Depending on the application we use:
Kangaroo – for our high performance sports shoes. Kangaroo is one of the highest performance natural materials available for footwear.
Kid – for fine ladies shoes
Calf – all of our linings are generally made from calf, some of our uppers are made from calf also.
Bovine – Most commonly available and a good general all purpose leather for most applications.
So it does appear that most of the shoe uppers are made from "bovine" (ie cow) leather, but that some of the uppers are made from calf (ie younger, softer, more supple cow leather).
So, in conclusion, his shoes look nice, but it's probably worth seeing if you can get him to use calf leather instead of "bovine" leather on the uppers.[
Thanks for posting this they have an iphone 5 cover just what I have been looking for. Will have to add this place to my list of places to visit when I can get to Melbourne next.