So, contrary to what I said a few pages ago, my first Allison MTO turned out to be not a brown shell Leeds but instead a brown shell MacNeil. My rationale is, (1) after resisting them for a long time, I've decided I'm totally into LWBs; and (2) my brown shell Norwiches are plain toe and can therefore serve as a proxy of sorts for the Leeds.
I'll post the specs as soon as Allison emails them to me, but basically I'm going with exactly what their off-the-rack MacNeil would be if they sold it in brown shell, if that makes any sense. They will have the regular lining and leather insole because the 9 E in the 7 last fits me like a dream and I don't want to do anything that might wonk that up. However, I'm open to any other suggestions people might make as to how the makeup could be improved, preferably with illustrative pics. (Of course, they will have the JR outsole.)
On another note, Allison gave me a tip that I'm not sure others here are using: If when you call her you get the recording, just press 2 and someone will page her for you. I had no trouble at all getting her on the phone that way.
Has it been 8-10 weeks yet?
I love LWBs also...
Probably too much.
I hope that yours turn out awesome. How dark of edging are you going with?
Sweet collection. I may botch the terminology here, but I'm going with transparent because I wanted to see the "layers" of sole.
BTW, when all is said and done, I too will have five pairs of LWBs, all MacNeils (black and burgundy shell (just picked up as $299 seconds), walnut grain (en route for $179), chili grain (from BB), and now this MTO). Can I count my two Chukkamoks as LWBs also?