Thanks for all the responses regarding Vass' split toe derbies. I guess I'll have to place that order at another maker.
Meanwhile, I saw the following shoe from the Portuguese maker Mack James: http://www.shoegazing.se/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Tre-Outsiders-Mack-James-4.jpg
I'm considering going through Vass to replicate the upper shoe. I'm thinking K- or U-last (probably the latter) in brown scotch grain and antique cognac. Your thoughts? Thanks.
Very nice design - I may consider a pair too.
And the shoes from James also looks well finished and leather looks half decent for 275 Euros.