Today I wore a pair of Lorenzo Banfi shoes to work. They were one of my first ebay used shoe purchases and at the time, I didn't really take note of them. They were cheap and grey; I did clean them and used black shoe cream to give it a different hue. They then lived under my sofa aka makeshift shoe storage space until last night when I was tidying and decided to give them a shot. They're monkstraps, they're snug and the sole is cut almost flush with the uppers making the shoe rather 'small' looking, in comparison to say my Tramezzas with the long toes and generous sole. They're comfy and I had a look at the sole which in addition to the manufacturers name and 'Made in Italy' also has a 'Lavorazione a mano'. So it seems its a fairly well made shoe that I'm beginning to like more and more. In fact, probably I'll start 'saving' it for 'special occasions'. Does anyone else do that? Wear the more run of the mill shoes (usually the shoes you bought first before your tastes became more refined) first, perhaps hoping naively that they'll wear out and you'll be left with a higher quality selection? I'd be grateful for any comments and experiences with this brand. I see from googling that they're part of the Avventura group.