I suppose it's one of the rare opportunities where delays are part of the process. The whole "it's well worth the wait" and what not. I suppose one day, if I ever step up into the big leagues, I'll see it as just a part of doing business.
When you get used to it,
it easy to place order and forget about it.
Me order shoe last year,
me forget when me place order.
it get here one day.
Me do overseas bespoke this year and me wait very very long time for shoe,
it not matter,
it come one day.
If me not get bespoke arrive after two year then me get wild.
One year wait,
nice configuration. but, this is for your wedding??? very unconventional, if i may say...
Well, it is a somewhat unconventional wedding. I will be in a navy suit, not formal wear, and we will be getting married in a pretty rustic location that still has elements of elegance and formality (think farm with a high-end restaurant on site), so I think this should work.
And, if it doesn't, at least I will have some sweet shoes.
I don't pretend to be an expert in MTO shoes, I only have one pair and they are from AE (very different process, obviously). But out of curiosity, when you spend a grand or more on a pair of MTO shoes and you are left waiting 2 months+ longer than you expected, shouldn't there be some sort of kick-back involved? Even if it's a % off your next purchase or something, you're paying damn good money for a luxury product. Just my $0.02.
You should be glad that you don't collect handmade pocket knives. In that hobby, delays of several years are common and generally accepted by collectors everywhere. Though in that hobby, deposits are rarely taken by the makers.