Hi and Good Morning Mountain!
Thank you for getting the shoes out so quickly! They arrived on Friday. Yesterday was the first full test ride (all day) and I thought you might like some feedback. First--love the shoes! Didn't realize how much I have worn off the soles (barely noticeable, but it's there) from the first pair. The low volume made quite a difference than the regular 13's. When I put them on, still noticed the ability to slide index and middle finger behind the heel, but when laced snugly, any looseness almost (if not altogether) goes away.
The toe box area still has very ample room without any restrictions at all. The shoes needed no "break-in"period at all. Even though I already have black, it's great to have another pair to alternate! I sort of wonder what a regular 12 would feel like. Maybe down the road I will compare and see what works best.
I really like the nice extra touch of cedar shoe trees and the shoe bags also.
Keep up the persistent work, I'm looking forward forward to the other colors and boots.
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.