The last & sole were my choosing. Sure I could have went with a "softer" sole, but why? I specified the last shape of the three they offer. I wanted a "structured" and one-off saddle shoe apart from the norm. I think he captured my idea rather awesomely.
I think the sole looks really well done, and not saying it needed to be rubber, etc... for me that dramatic fiddle etc I'd keep to a dress shoe. Horses for courses.
Lovely uppers. My gut reaction to the sole treatments was "too formal" for a "casual" upper. Not a big maybe but seems a little incongruous at first glance?
One wouldn't even know of the "dramatic fiddle" lest I afforded them a peek of the sole and therein lies the awesomeness. Someone walking up the stairs behind me, sitting across from me or the extremely short man walking behind me would then, and only then realize this was a commission.
[quote=bigbris1;3297441]Let's get this back on track. I came home to these today, made & sent to me by my friend Chay Cooper at Alfred Sargent (particulate matter on polishing cloth due to my trying them on atop said cloth on my dirty floors):
I really like these and the shape of the toe!! Very nice choice.