Steven Sashen, Founder, Masters All-American Sprinter, Boulder CO

April 22, 2016 0 Comments

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First impression (part 1):

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First impression (part 2):

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Transcript of first impression:

First things first, before you even tighten it up, most of the minimalist stuff that people have tried to put on my foot doesn't fit on my foot. So the Merrell's for example, they hand me shows like, "Hey, put it on!" And I literally can't, because the instep is so narrow. The midfoot is so narrow, and there's a big arch in it, and I can't get it on my foot. So first, the fact that it fit on at all is dreamy, 'cause I've never felt that. 

The other thing that I noticed, before I even take a step, and this is totally first reaction: I can actually move my feet. It's really really dreamy. A lot of the stuff that people have me try on, I can't actually move once I get in. And this is a bit of a fake-out, something you did that I totally adore. For most people, when they say "Let's see what your size is," they don't do it based on the shape of your foot, they're doing it based on the length of the foot, and the shape that they want for the shoe. So your toes are always jammed way up here, which is NOT the case for [Chronology]. So I've actually got room to move, which is very very pleasant. 

Now walking. How very interesting. So another thing that happens in a lot of other minimalist stuff that I've tried, they build up the outsole where they think you need to have some sort of padding or some sort of pressure relief or something. You haven't done that, you've kept this about as flat as you can make it with just enough shape to be aesthetically pleasing. I can really feel that, I mean it really does feel way more "barefooty" than anything else. That's really pleasant. 

I won't mention the name of another leather shoe that is technically a minimalist dress shoe that I put on. It was immediately ripping through my heel, and I had to take them off in the middle of an event. Not getting any of that here as well. 

These are nice, dude. I'm glad you got it done. Congratulations. This is very sweet. I'm very impressed. 

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.