My first pair of primals are coming up on 4 years old, and I am debating about having them overhauled vs replaced... They have served me well through countless miles, countries, terminals, and polluted tarmac in my job as a pilot and aviation consultant, so I am partial to having them reconditioned... But a sneak peek at the next gen might just tip the scales that direction instead...
Biggest obstacle was the price, almost 5x the cost of any shoes I had ever purchased before. I know you are small and cannot spread the costs out to many copies of the shoes, but that is probably the number one thing to work on (without sacrificing the soul of the shoe/quality of course!)
But it did make a difference in lower back fatigue and sciatica after my back surgery. Going back to work boots with a heel periodically reminds me of why I wear primals at work, vibrams when working out, and minimal sole casual shoes the rest of the time!
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.