If you're in NYC, why not just use Nicholas Templeman when he returns? Of all the bespoke makers I've worked with, he's been the best. The prices are fair, the quality of the make is top-notch, and he's extremely flexible in terms of what's he's able to make. I've ordered three pairs from so far and they've each been pretty different. He'll work with you to get the exact toe shape you want, stitching style, etc.
The best thing is that he's willing to take it upon himself to fix whatever he sees wrong. Two friends of mine have told me that, after they received their shoes, NIcholas saw something wrong on their pairs later and, unprompted, asked for the shoes back so he could fix some issue. You rarely, if ever, hear of that nowadays. I don't know why it should be the client's job to read all this stuff. Part of the point of going to a bespoke maker is that you're relying on someone's expertise, not become some internet expert yourself. Nice thing about working with an honest maker like this is that they'll fix what they see wrong.
My shoes so far:
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My first pair of split toes
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A much rounder pair of split toes.
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A recent pair of black side zips.
I'm sure whatever you want, he can make.
Ahhh, Nicholas Templeman remains one of my grail shoemakers whenever I can afford bespoke, have heard only great things. Nicholas and Ramon Cuberta are two folks who's work catch my attention and both seem to have a great personality (Nicholas' personality comes through via his Insta and on here, and Ramon was super kind when I met him last and we had a one hour conversation).
Though I'd still like to try higher end RTW first to have a better sense of what the highest tier of shoes should feel like (like G&G and EG).
Francis Waplinger has also started catching my eye as well, but Nicholas and Ramon are the first two I'd consider when the day comes.