Originally Posted by Pliny
ClintonF - imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I've recently ordered the raked buckle double monks you had MTO with AS. They are beautiful and classic so props to you ... the proximity of the buckles is to my mind more pleasing than the spacing on the JL Chapel. You used the 99 last but I have gone for the 48 'soft square' for a slightly more elongated look. But I'm not married to the idea and am concerned about the balance of the shoe. Any thoughts on what you might do differently? Single buckles instead of double, for example? or a different last?
Hiya, sorry for my tardy response. I've been giving your questions some thought. I will try and answer your questions as best as I can.
1. I look forward to seeing the double monks - I'm glad that I provided some inspiration to you.
2. The 99 Last is my best last and works for me. However, the AS48 is pretty similar in fit to the 99 last (so I've been told). So, you'll be fine with this choice.
3. The angle of the double monks for me are still something special to behold and I would recommend that you continue along this route. You will be able to get the "standard" double monks a little later down the line.
4. For reference, I've got orders for a pair of Standard double monks and a pair of "swept back" single monks.
I'm not sure when the single monks appeared. However, the double monks (in blue suede) turned up this morning.
To conclude, go for it. I'm confident that you'll be very pleased with the results.