By purchasing your shoes, suddenly you have also gained your own personal Shoemaker who has crafted a pair of shoes individually for you.
My soft, full grain leathers come from Italy through a handful of suppliers in the UK. My leather soles come from tannery in the south of England. Each skin of leather is used to the fullest. The smallest scraps become reserved for smaller projects. I have salvaged some of my stock leathers which is why I often have assortment of finishes and colours in my collection.