Great looking Brunos.. they look like the boot version of my Vento blutchers. But no, the "star" is NOT indicative of Platinum line- I own 3 pairs of Platinum, and a Bruno Magli Rabus (not Platinum but a $1000 shoe) and only the Ventos have the star. Also, the Sutors (and other totally different brands) have the same star randomly, so it clearly has nothing to do with the brand.. and as far as the star being a clever way to disguise a construction hole... I don't see how or why. I have never seen holes in the heel side that way on any shoe, so what would it be hiding? Makes no sense. And then why would they be on a $1500 pair of Sutor captoes on the bottom outsole?? I see no reason for it, besides possibly being a maker's mark or a symbol of a welt.