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That monk looks too sleek and formal for your casual dress.There's a very good reason that scotch grained leather was used for the first double monk created by John Lobb.
Because Florsheim imperial v-cleat kenmoor is a much better shell (long)wingtip.
septieme largeurYou could also request unfinished crust leather via G&G MTO.I would imagine you could request the same with most if not all bespoke shoemaker as well.
Some female models can look quite exotic and elegant with certain make-up and angles. At different makeup and angles they look less than ordinary. Shoes are exactly the same way.
I width up. Ball width good. Toe box still too narrow. Ended up stretching it. Still snug but no pain. If I width up any more it's gonna be to wide for my heels.If it's cap toe, cordovan, exotic leathers, good luck. Those have much less give to stretching.
 Don't even think about it.  Just give up the last or go bespoke at Ugolini or other Italian makers. A wider width means the ball width will be wider.  Due to the shape of the last, the width increase at the toe box will only be a small fraction of the width increase at the ball.
 It would be an easy problem to solve if its just improper fit. I have a problem where I have a lump bone chip at my right heel thats not outright visible and hard to measure/trace; it clearly there on x-rays.  I have a pair of boots that sometimes aggravate the lump after a few hours of walking and I sometimes get blisters. I am suspecting a poor patterning/skiving job, but will play around with knocking the heel stiffener softer.  It's most probably celastic. 
 JL leather swatch not look good because I used iphone and I bad at picture.  Care to disclose which shoemaker now has the most recent inventory of your museum calf?  Some of the old Ilcea Radica leathers from around the time of insolvency do look sub par compare to the old works... Any pictures of the most current batch of museum calf?
 In fact, some bespoke shops and repair shops in Japan do it  for a lowly price of a few hundred yens!  p.s., do you know the best way to soften heel stiffeners?
Those shoemakers have much to learn from styleforum common wisdom.
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