I'm about to do an MTO through SoleGarb but wanted to put the opportunity for a GMTO here. I'm going for a heel-seamed wholecut loafer with a medallion. I was inspired by the J.FitzPatrick wholecut loafer, however I need a wider fitting last. This was a model meant for the Japan market that EB has allowed SoleGarb to use for this MTO. I want this model particularly because the length of the vamp is shorter. Another incentive, if we get 3 people, we get free shoe trees. Here's the model of the loafer below:
Here's the JF loafers whose style I'm looking to mimic.
I'm particular on a smooth leather (not country calf or suede), but I haven't picked out a color yet so I'm flexible there. That being said, SoleGarb also has some of that magical Kudu left, the same that GG uses, but "only enough for a few pairs." I would make an exception for some of that amazing leather. I'm not sure if there is an upcharge for it, but checking with SG now.
I'm firm on Blake Rapid for comfort and price. As far as the last, I'm thinking of either the 946 last or something along those lines. Basically looking for last that has a generous forefoot but is normal/shorter in length.
Please PM me if you guys are interested!