Deets on my Bonafe MTO.
I figured the combination of the good exchange rate and the waiver of the 15% MTO fee made this a "do it now" proposition.
Instead of a staple like a suede chukka, I decided to use the MTO opportunity to get something I have wanted for a while but struggle to find available in RTW offerings: a blue balmoral boot.
I get so much wear out of my two pairs of blue dress shoes, that a blue bal boot would be a useful addition to the rotation. The starting point is this same model Bonafe boot that Watchman chose:
And the goal is to get something along the lines of these EG Shannons:
And to that end, I selected #11. Vitello Bleu for the upper, with a request for heavy antiquing:
And #15 Hidro Oceano (suede) for the shaft:
4 speed hooks to replace the topmost visible eyelets, double leather sole with metal toe taps and a "Derby" medallion round out the trim details. Boots will be built on the 363 Mod last.
Had to restrain myself to order one pair only, as there is a second design really calling my name.