Rach, I don't mean to be blunt, but what exactly does this mean? Have they switched makers or construction techniques, or did they simply tell you that they've enhanced their construction methods? I mean, for the price Visvim are able to command, they could feasibly make a handwelted shoe if they wanted to. Also, a small request, but would you be able to check out if there are any small obscure Italian shoemakers that you could feature? Some of them that I've seen have some interesting rustic features. Even Lattanzi was just a (very very good) shoemaker before the brilliant marketing and celebrity clients, so I wouldn't be surprised if there are a bunch of them out there struggling for a bit of recognition.