The shoes are great. They do what you say they do, my feet are as happy as can be, and I have zero "buyer's regret" (which, if I did, I could have easily returned them). No complaints. Keep up the good work.
UPDATE, 1 year later: your shoes are still holding up great. I wear them nearly every day and I can truly say they are the best pair of dress shoes I have ever purchased, bar none. I am looking forward to purchasing oxblood and, when they are available, tan as well. Thanks again for the quality product you are developing and producing.
Miles D. Bardell
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.