curious...did you mean to say a 42 in the F last here? seems odd to me that you'd say a 43 U last fits, but 42 U last is perfect...i generally wouldn't consider shoes +/- a full size from each other to both work out.i know this is a carmina thread, but i'm trying to use some of the data points here to back into my correct vass F size. thanks.
I'd read this discussion before you decide to remove the topy because you think it is "bad" for the shoe: http://www.styleforum.net/t/179041/my-first-shoes-with-topy-put-on
It appears that while some people don't like how they look, or don't like the "idea" of covering up a leather sole...most would agree that a topy is not going to cause any harm. This is both consistent with my own experience and in line with what has been communicated to me by a few longtime shoemakers...
Those cap toes look great!
Which CJ/EG/Vass/Alden/AE last is most similar to the Forest last in appearance? Some pictures make the Forest last look a bit blobby, others (like yours) make it seem slightly elongated...and all the comparison pics I see are minimally helpful and just shoe it next to some other Carmina last I'm not familiar with.