Originally Posted by RIDER
Agree with DW on the SC model.......looks like they used 2 different sized skins if I had to guess. I'd say a 38-40 on the right and maybe 32 on the left. Far from hideous though....and a tricky pattern to lay out (along the belly as opposed to across the belly) and find a match. Especially if the client doesn't want to wait a year or so for the shop to find the right match. The pattern difference comes from laying the pattern on the left shoe much closer to the asshole than the right. If this was from a stock run, instead of a special, then they just had to mix and match as best they could. Which would explain the different sections of tail used on the facings.
It's odd, that...maybe just because I'm ordering for specific customers in very small lots, I never have that problem. I always ask that I be sent matched skins and that there is no splitting of the tile pattern (or, less desirable, both splitting similarly). I always cut my vamps lengthwise on the belly--vent to throat. I used to cut them "on the bias" but I never liked the look esp. after the shoe/boot was worn for a while.
I'm perhaps paying a small premium for custom selection but my supplier has never billed for it or said as much.
--Edited by DWFII - 10/4/14 at 8:18am