I ordered my Chronology a few months ago (they were on back order) and when they arrived, they were too large. I emailed the company about exchanging the shoes and got a reply from the owner of the company asking for a photo of my feet next to the shoes. He immediately replied that it looked like I did indeed need the next size down. He offered to send replacement pair at no charge, and then to let me decide which pair to return. The smaller size fits perfectly. It is so nice to finally have a pair of minimal dress shoes that actually look like dress shoes. They are so comfortable it will be hard to follow the company's advice to avoid exercising in them, but I'll do my best. If you like minimal footwear, but have to wear dress shoes, there is nothing else like these on the market. I give Chronology my highest recommendation.
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, Carets' 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.