I wonder if Gabor Halmos (sartoriale) reads this threak: the Maxwell bespoke lizard/suede loafers resurface at a markup (nothing compared to stilmacher's 1000% markup on a crocodile Hermes waistcoat that I saw at original auction): http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
Though I don't see much of it, Cartier never fails to make me laugh. A couple years back I thrifted a Cartier change purse for my wife--lizard improbably finished with powdery pink and gold highlights and gold hardware. I'm sure it would still test positive for cocaine residue.
I have these same shoes in 44. I am an 11.5 and the shoes fit larger than you would expect a 44 to fit. Also, they are truly good looking shoes when conditioned and polished. I receive more compliments on these than any other pair I own.