I don`t own SC shoes, but those who do, or want to get one, what do you think about them being made in Romania? I assume the factory craftsmen are trained/supervised by Michael Rollig / Phllip Carr and who not, and the workmanship is obviously top notch. Yet do you feel SC shoes are any less prestigious than if made in Austria, or Italy? Japan`s Union Imperial shoes, for example, are hand lasted and handsewn welted, like the SC (albeit not nearly as pristine), but in fact they are mostly made in Union`s factory in China. Obviously cheaper to hire, the Chinese craftsmen are nevertheless supervised and taught to the exact standard set by the Japanese veterans. The shoes are sent back to Japan for bottom stitching and detailing / finish. Union Imperial claims that their handsewn welted shoes, priced at a medium price of ¥50,000 or so, would cost ¥100,000 if completely made in Japan. I know some of you were interested in Union Imperial shoes. Now, knowing that they are hand lasted and handsewn welted in China, are they less desirable now?? vs 100% Made in Japan?? or are they more desirable now for seeming like a bargain?