Continuation ... (sorry for the long lag time. Busy).
Yesterday, he sent me pictures of the shoes with the initials punched into them
He said that he’d painstakingly hand-polish the shoes (anybody who has spent time polishing shoes will know that to get a gleam throughout the entire pair of shoes is no small feat, and will take several hours).
I reminded him I wanted flat laces.
The completed shoes, ready for dispatch: