Thank you, Mountain! Chronology shoes are the only dress shoes I wear now.
As the principal of an elementary school of 315 students and 25 staff, I’m on my feet all day in a shirt and tie with dress shoes. Chronology shoes are the only dress shoes I’ve found that don’t give me a hip and back ache the end of the day. I’ve given away all my other dress shoes to charity. I have two pairs of Chronology shoes in rotation and just pre-ordered a pair of the oxbloods. I can’t wait until they arrive! As an educator, I love how you are always learning, too. Keep it going and you’ve got me as a customer
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.
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.