I do agree to some extent with meister's observation. The shoe would undoubtedly be better without a toe-cap. But is this even possible?No expert on exotics, but I'm guessing that the belly is used (check the midline break in the scale pattern, aligned with the vamp's long axis), and that the animal is simply not large enough to create a single-piece vamp. Or perhaps possible, but prohibitively expensive.
Buckle size is purely a matter of personal taste. You're welcome of course to your opinion.
As with all Carminas, they are beautifully made. I'm looking forward to wearing them.