comfort is subjective. Sturdy english construction is seen by some as thicker/stiffer than its italian peers (generalising). Typically my italian shoes with blake construction have been softer and more comfy than my english shoes. But i love my english shoes for the durability and look good even after years. Plus I normally get blisters with english shoes in the first few weeks Speaking of aussie shoes i had a pair of kangaroo leather loafers that i bought for my year 12 formal many years ago now but I thought that they were the best shoes ever at the time. Suffice to say they were the softest shoes ive ever owned.