Quote:^^^ I'm glad you like them, and if you feel that such a finish is indicative of the overall quality of the shoe in a way that a standard finish is not, then it has at least contributed to your enjoyment of the pair. I'm not sure how much skill is required for such a finish, though. And I mean that literally - I'm not sure - which does not equate to a positive declaration that it takes little or no skill. The reason for my uncertainty is that I have seen in various factory shoemaking vids, a high gloss polish applied to sole edges with a buffing wheel in almost no time at all. Now it may be that a very different process is used to gloss up the soles, but generally speaking, making leather shiny doesn't strike me as a particularly skilled task. We all do it when we shine our shoes, after all.