I wanted to err on the longer side, and err I did. Fortunately, it is safe for you to trim them, and sear the ends with a lighter. The laces can still pass through the shoe's eyelets without the aglet.
I chose elastic laces after a customer told me about them. They turn your lace oxfords into functional slip-ons! Not only does it shorten the in and out time, but they stretch with your feet as they expand and contract throughout the gait cycle. However, if you don't like these, I'd be happy to reimburse you for a purchase of traditional waxed cotton laces. Just send us a photo of your receipt!
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.