^Great, Great, Great post!
Also I missed some comments about bespoke shoes and just caught up on them; I think that the Japanese shoes are exquisitely beautiful and I've also lost my soul to that thread. Though my decision in going Cleverley if I go bespoke is because DubMonk has them coming in and because they seem to me to be the staple bespoke shoe maker so why not?
Bunny, if you are going MTO or bespoke, I'd probably choose a place that is easily accessible and where they speak the same language as you, particularly for something as expensive as high-grade MTO or bespoke shoes. Therefore, were I in your position, the choice would be Cleverly via Double Monk, rather than a Japanese shoemaker.
This is particularly so given that it takes some time to make shoes and you may well need to try on the partially-finished shoe and then have it sent back for finishing, which would be very difficult to do if you are only in Japan (for example) for a short visit.
By the way, have you been to Double Monk to try on either the Edward Green 202 or 606 lasts?
The 202 last is a very roomy, somewhat round-toed last and the 606 last is the soft-square version of the 202 last so it is still quite roomy. I know that you've had issues with getting shoes to fit you before as, if I remember correctly, you have wide but short feet so the 202/606 last might suit.
The Carmina Rain last is also pretty roomy and accommodating across the foot and it has a contemporary, fairly chiselled toe shape and I assume that you can try it on at American Tailors in Melbourne.
Please ignore the above and accept my apologies if you've already tried on shoes on those lasts!