I am looking for a wingtip in burgundy, as I have the basics and many more "interesting" shoes covered. I have spoken with Betty from Carmina (prompt response time given some of the feedback on here and other forums, albiet dated) re: the Model 922c (Rain Last). They do not regularly make that model in burgundy, but can as a one off for an extra charge. With that charge, I would be looking around $500 (ex VAT) before shipping given the exchange rate. They do make the same model in burgundy on the same last in cordovan, and that would run only about $85 more given the customization fee on the calf model. My questions: Is Carmina still a good value with the one-off charge? Would it make more sense to just get the stock item in cordovan (I have never owned a cordovan shoe, so the advantages/disadvantages have only been read and still theoretical to me)? Should I just go the C&J Downing rout (Ben Silver) and avoid the international hassle and possible fit problems? I could also use help from anyone who has sizing experience with Carmina. Based on my foot dimensions, they suggested a 9 with their medium width. C&J on the 348 and 337 lasts would probably be the most useful comparison. For reference, I am an 8 1/2E C&J's 348 and 337 lasts and 9 1/2D AE 5 last. I view this type of shoe as a bit of an American business staple despite not being the most conservative shoe by many measures. That being said, finding one I like has been a pain. I have a pair of PAs and FAs from AE, but I feel I have other shoes that fit better and are aesthetically more pleasing. Therefore I am not that interested in the McAllister. Thanks in advance for all your help.