ed, thank you for the compliment. i don't remember seeing a chukka at one of the places, i regularly visit, anyway. fwiw, they don't belong to our tradition. first, i have to say, that the shape of your feet(as described) qualifies best for shoes made in the austro-hungarian heritage. glad to hear you are interested in a pair of maternas. gshen's shoes are made by handmacher, an austrian manufacturer, who does mto. leather is a special edition, which is meanwhile part of their standard programme. i rate them very high for being a machine made shoe e.g. less handwork than vass. there's still the possibility to get ahold of a "paprika". we'll hug it out. i'm happy to be of assistance(via pm due to forum rules violence). i'm really looking forward to it.