I've finally given up on my RP Almazes ever coming in. So, while I was in St. Louis, I went to a fitting to try and find another shoe that I could wear until the RPs (if they ever do) come in. I ended up with two pairs for now: Grishko Ulanova 1s and Bloch Synergies. I had a really awesome fitting, too. The Synergies are definitely softer and less tapered. I really like the shape of the box and the giant wings. They're my first 3/4 shank, but it feels fine so far. The Ulanovas are super duper hard. Even with my feet, the shanks practically will not bend. But, I need a shank that will hold up really well so that's good. Yeah for new shoes!