Custom Shell Saddle Shoe update:
I heard back from my contact(s) at AE and they agreed to do the custom shell saddle shoe for no additional charge over the regular shell shoe price, plus they'll throw in a pair of free shoe trees and free shipping. This was assuming we could do 10 of these custom shell shoes. It was unclear to me whether we all need to order the same exact shoe, or just reference some "deal code" to get the aforementioned pricing. I will find that out.
My initial thought is a traditional shell saddle shoe, with burgundy vamp and quarters, black shell "saddle" and "foxing," regular welt (not split/reverse), double-leather sole, and probably black sole edge. J.R. soles (same as all other shell shoes).
#2: a walnut shell vamp and quarters, burgundy shell (or maybe brown shell?) "saddle" and "foxing," regular welt, double-leather JR sole, and "natural" sole edge. (this is all assuming availability of the walnut or some other lighter-color brown shell).
#3: dark brown shell vamp and quarters, walnut "saddle" and "foxing", regular welt, natural sole edge, double-leather JR sole. (again, assuming availability of walnut or some other lighter color shell)
Thoughts? Also, I'd like to know who's in, so we can let them know a minimum of X will be ordered...
Number two in brown and walnut. I'd be in.