Hi, Iong time lurker and this is my first post so, first off, many thanks for the shared wisdom.
I'm keen to buy a couple of brown/tan/burgundy double monk strap shoes but unfortunately my local selection (Argentina and Chile) is very limited to say the least (a couple of Salvatore Ferragamo stores, with a very small and rather unfortunate selection). Needless to say, the closest I am to bespoke would be Loake in Chile, and I was planning to have a couple of desert boots made there.
I've been looking for online stores that ship to my country and I have these models in mind:
I'm sure these are fatto a mano, but I have my doubts on the online store (never heard of them before)
These are straight out of Santoni, but I'm not sure which line they are.
To make things harder, the local (currently in Bs Aires for the next few weeks) Salvatore Ferragamo has a lovely pair of double monks, but in black (Tramezza I believe, though I may have been confused and be LO). The exchange rate helps me quite a bit, so it's about a 30% discount from retail price.
On the other hand I love the price on these Sutor Mantellasi, but I'm not a big fan of the (seemingly) squared toe and colour.
There's also these which are really extraordinary, but the sizing is too large as I was made aware the Santoni shoes tend to be about half a size larger (which it's also reflected on their own sizing chart)
What should I do here? Should I go for proven Santoni fatto a mano from an until now unknown store? Run the risk with the until now unknown line of Santoni's but from their own website? Bite the bullet and buy the black Ferragamos from the store here in BA? (which I could use, but would prefer a brown model). Or take the Sutor Mantellassi, despite the toe?
Thanks in advance for your comments and help.