In low light conditions and when standing in the right way the wrinkles are not as noticeable (yet)!
No, there are tiny little creases everywhere, not just on the shaft, but literally everywhere. I was sitting with my legs crossed yesterday and a friend who isn't into shoes at all even commented on it.
Could someone please confirm the following finding as either "standard" or "irregular"? Anyway... I was mind blown when I tried my new New Rey monks on just to find them too big. They are of same size as my previous New Rey oxfords, which fit me the best out of all MTO and RTW shoes I own.
I placed the monk and the oxford side by side and realized that the hole for the foot is a whopping 1 cm longer on the monks. I.e the tongue on the monks is 1 cm farther than on the oxfords. What does this mean for a low instep foot? Heel slippage like hell. Luckily this can be compensated with tongue pads.
So. Standard with monks when compared to oxfords of same last and size or irregular?
Unfortunately your leverage would be reversed. As a leather worker I have come to appreciate shell for its properties, particularly the waterproof nature of the hide. Besides the patina will grow much faster with grit, grime, rain and wear. Check out some old pairs of Royal Imperials, they look sublime next to new shell in my opinion.
Expensive yes, but they are meant to be worn, just like rain boots.
Haha, my toes are anything but little, wish they were a little smaller.