Am I the only one left still thinking of getting more ties from Passaggio Cravette? I met up with him and Marta in Milan 2 years ago. I got my stuff mailed to me without a hitch. He has stuff I haven't seen anywhere else. The blue mesh tie is still on my mind but his ties are quite pricey.
I found this article so sad.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/20/fashion/when-a-workout-is-black-tie.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share NYTimes: Orchestras Get in Tune With Modern Black-Tie
That abomination is not even black tie. It's some perversion of white tie.
I heard from a friend who, when as a peds resident, had a patient on the floor getting the leg lengthening procedure. Apparently they would twist a screw everyday to increase the length a little bit. He would hear the kid scream in agony from down the hall.
IME shoes feel a lot different with the sole than without. I have had multiple experiences where the shoe felt fine at the fitting stage but either too tight or too loose after completion. It's really important to be able to make adjusments after the shoe has been made.