Well, the verdict is in! The shoes are outstanding. Perfect fit and my feet feel great after a 12 hour day. In fact, I donated my black cap toe shoes to the cancer society thrift store. The construction is excellent. Leather is full-grain and of exudes quality. The most appealing feature is the light weight. I am a judge. Wearing dress shoes every day is required. So many men my age end up with "orthotic" looking shoes that make them appear much older. The PP is classic. You made the correct choice is starting with a balmoral as opposed to a blucher. I especially liked the 6 eyelet design.
Is that a Narrow width? Go one size down for our shoes.
Is that a Medium width? Depending on how roomy you like the toebox, go one size down OR order the same size.
Is that a Wide width? Order the same size for our shoes.
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.