Finally bought the beautiful eco leather I've been eyeing for years. This is a soft buffed sand vegetable tanned leather that is also fully lined in veg. These are SECONDS, meaning they do not meet my strict quality guidelines for products sold at full price.
This pair was made strictly as a size sample and the soling is a full leather sole with cemented construction. Additionally they have a small indentation on the vamp, as pictured, from the sole press. There is also some scuff marks on the heel of the one pair, near the sole.
What's the difference? Typically my outsoles are cemented and stitched for reinforcement, then protected with a Vibram rubber sole protector.
How will this affect the quality and wear? 1. The leather bottom will be more slippery on some surfaces until it gets scuffed up. You can speed this up by moonwalking on concrete ;) Or you can take them to your local cobbler and have a rubber sole protector added for a minimal fee. 2. You will need to have them resoled sooner than usual, compared to outsoles that are stitched. This will depend on how often you are wearing them. I've been wearing a pair with only a cemented outsole for over a year and I wear them a few times a month.
Sizing Note: My men's sizes run true to size. A EUR 46 is the equivalent to a US 12/12.5
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