Thanks, nutcracker. I now recall the sales lady also saying that their leather is sourced from Italy (but the shoes are made in Japan). She actually said that the craftsmanship involved in making their shoes are much better than most shoes in the same price point (US$400~). According to her, they are also fully recraftable (for about $130). I'm going back to the store this weekend and would most likely get a pair. Hopefully their lasts fit me well. Yup, definitely!