This is really exciting - all the makeups that you're discussing sound fantastic! Couple of notes from my side:
1. Balmoral Boot in cordovan is going to run about $1K, give or take. It all depends on the sole, details, construction, but figure it's going to be about there. We'll price these as fairly as we can, and I'll find some freebees to give the customers who participate in the special makeup projects.
And BTW - a cordo Bal boot is going to be so freaking cool it hurts!
2. The great thing with Carmina is that they can give very concrete delivery dates. If they have the Cordovan in stock, then we can get a pretty firm delivery window on it. If it can't be made for the Spring, then I'll be able to give you a reasonable window for the Fall before you plunk down any money.
3. The only Cordovan colors currently available to order are:Saddle
: like our current Salinger double monkChestnut
: like our current Fitzgerald shortwingBurgundy
: similar to Alden Color 8, but slightly less reddish. Darker than ChestnutNavyLoden GreenBlackDeep Red
Whiskey, Ravello, and Cigar are all exclusive to Alden. The colors are variable, and it's entirely possible that a run of Chestnut could be more reddish and Ravello-like, but it's impossible to tell. But the color differences that you're seeing in example photos above are mostly due to poor color correction in studio photography. As someone who shoots a LOT of shell cordovan, I can tell you that it's a pain in the ass to get the color fidelity correct. That's why I've begun shooting footwear both in studio and in outdoor muted light.
4. Some lasts, but not all can be made in wides and/or narrows. Depending on which last you choose, I can advise on what sizing is possible.
5. We should be able to sell and deliver both lasted shoe trees and matching belts with the shoes for any customers who want them with their special makeup shoes.