Hi folks, I've been talking with Keith about a potential shoe, and he suggested I post here to drum up interest. So far we don't have any bluchers, so (as hinted at above), I'd propose the following shoe: -Shortwing blucher -Color 8 shell -Aberdeen last -Regular (non-metal) eyelets -360 degree welt -Antique edgetrim -Double waterloc sole The idea behind this shoe is to provide a four-season, weather-friendly alternative to the popular #8 longwing on a sleeker last. The shortwing looks absolutely stunning on the Aberdeen, and sizing is easy -- you can easily go TTS on the Aberdeen (i.e. one half size up from your Barrie or Trubalance size). This makeup is truly stunning on the Aberdeen: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/--...y+Wing-Tip.JPG
(these Whiskeys are a Tassels exclusive; they're sold out for the foreseeable future though) One other possibility is doing this in Ravello, as the Ravello shortwing
does look excellent (minus that blobby Barrie last). However, given the amount of rare shell requests in our group buy, it seems more feasible to do #8 -- it adds a bit of color diversity to our requests, and frankly with age #8 wingtips look absolutely stunning: http://horween.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/dsc_0002.jpg
(just imagine as a shortwing on a different last!) Thoughts? P.S. All these source pictures are enormous so I didn't embed any.