Help Me Test Fit? Version 4 ETA: Sep / Oct. Outlet Store Restocked!

Help Me Test Fit? Version 4 ETA: Sep / Oct. Outlet Store Restocked!

August 11, 2017 0 Comments

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Dear Primal Professional,

In my last update, I provided a comprehensive breakdown of changes from version 3.2 to the new version 4.

In this newsletter, I'll go into:
I. Can You Help Me Test Fit?
II. Version 4 ETA: September / October
III. Prior Model Shoes Available in the Outlet Store
IV. "Have You Thought About Shoes for Women?"
V. Giving 1% For The Planet to Heifer International

 

I. Can You Help Me Test Fit?

I'm getting a batch of fit test samples this coming week. I need people to help me test fit across sizes 8 through 14. All samples will be Fer cap-toe in Black Smooth leather.

If you're interested, please hit REPLY and answer the following:

1) Do you already own a pair of our shoes? (This is preferable, as then you can make note of differences in fit and feel.)

2) Do you have an outstanding preorder for version 4? What is your order number?

3) Will you be able to wear the shoes a good amount and relay your thoughts to me, no later than 2 days after receiving them?

4) What is the best shipping address for you to receive these?

Thanks in advance!

II. Version 4 ETA: September / October

From the shoemaker:

Estimated delivery time of materials for purchase order

  • Leather will arrive between August 28 and August 31.
  • Outsoles will arrive between August 9 and August 11.
  • Shoe laces will arrive between August 9 and August 11.
  • Lining will arrive between August 21 and August 24.
  • Shoe trees will arrive between August 14 and August 31.
  • Sho box - we are waiting for an estimated delivery time, it might be ready around August 15.

Estimated delivery time of the first purchase order

  • On September 04 they will start to cut the leather (if shoe box is approved)
  • On September 18 they will ship.

If they ship on September 18th, it should reach our warehouse by 9/25, and on their way to you before the end of September. 

This assumes everything goes right, though. I've updated our preorder listing to October, just in case. 

When your shoes are ready, I'll reach out to you directly to confirm your shipping address.

 

III. Some Version 3.2 Available in the Outlet Store

I have limited quantities of version 3.2 shoes available for $300 in the following US Men's sizes...

Fer Cap-Toe Oxford, in Black Smooth:

  • 7
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 14

Zetone Plain-Toe Oxford, in Black Smooth:

  • 7
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13

Click the links above to go directly to the product page =)

There's also one last low-volume shoe, a Fer Cap-Toe Oxford in Black Smooth, size 7.

 

IV. "Have You Thought About Shoes for Women?"

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I get this question often enough that I wrote this comprehensive email reply. I figured it would be good to publish an article for anyone else wondering. Here it is.

V. Giving 1% For The Planet to Heifer International

V. Giving 1% For The Planet to Heifer International

You helped us give 1% of our 2016 sales to Heifer International, through our 1% For the Planet membership.

In an earlier article, I talked about What is 1% For the Planet, and Why we joined.

In this recent article, I talk about why we chose to pledge our 1% for 2016 to Heifer International.

Oh man, am I excited! Thank you for your support and patience!

Best Regards,

Mountain Evan Chang
Founder

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Sizing, Fit, & Feel

I. Sizing

  1. Let's start by asking: What shoe size (US Men's) normally fits you best? To convert from other sizing standards, see this chart.
  2. Is that a Narrow width? Go one size down for our shoes.
  3. Is that a Medium width? Depending on how roomy you like the toebox, go one size down OR order the same size.
  4. Is that a Wide width? Order the same size for our shoes.
  5. Don’t know the width of your shoes? They’re most likely Medium. 

II. Fit & Feel

This image shows roughly how/where your feet should sit inside Chronology, at right. 


At left is a typical dress shoe, same size and same Wide width. You can see that it is still 1 or 2 cm longer than ours. Most sleeker dress shoes have a fair amount of unoccupied space in the front. We took advantage of that and used it to give you a wide toebox without looking like it. Dress shoes get even longer if we start looking at chisel-toe and pointy-toe styles. But even though these conventional dress shoes are longer, you still feel cramped because of the heel lift and the fact that their shoes are widest at the ball of the foot. Ours are widest at the toes, as a foot naturally is.

If the widest part of your feet (i.e. your toes) occupies the widest part of our shoes, then you are wearing the right size.

Regarding groundfeel, Chronology's outsole is 4mm thick, with another 4mm of leather and cork between that and your feet. The polyurethane we use for the outsole was selected for durability, which is more important than groundfeel in a shoe like this. The 2-part (polyurethane + leather/cork) design allows for the shoes to be resoled like good dress shoes and unlike most minimalist shoes.

Expect Chronology to feel less like FiveFingers and more like flat-bottomed skate shoes with the insoles removed.


In the end, what matters most is that you are happy with your shoes! We will gladly take them back (365-day free returns and exchanges, click for details) and I am honored that you gave us a shot.