Low-Volume Oxford, Black, v3.1

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* Free Shipping & Returns for US only. $30 to Canada, $45 to everywhere else. Non-US returns paid by buyer, but replacements are shipped free.

These are in the Outlet Store, but they are BRAND NEW.

Do you have low-volume feet? As in, do you find yourself lacing your shoes as tight as the shoes can go (see photo above)? I have some pairs from a test run that have a tighter instep, READY TO SHIP! They work perfectly with low-volume feet. I'm calling these v3.1, to differentiate them from the normal-volume shoes of the main run, v3.2.

Note that "volume" is NOT the same as "width." Volume is more about the midfoot, whereas width is more about the forefoot. Other than the tighter midfoot, v3.1 is exactly the same as v3.2, including the toebox width.

Collections: All, Outlet Store

Type: Shoe

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Sizing, Fit, & Feel

I. Sizing

  1. Let's start by asking: What shoe size (US Men's) normally fits you best? To convert from other sizing standards, see this chart.
  2. Is that a Narrow width? Go one size down for our shoes.
  3. Is that a Medium width? Depending on how roomy you like the toebox, go one size down OR order the same size.
  4. Is that a Wide width? Order the same size for our shoes.
  5. 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.

If it's not just the toebox but also the lacing that's too loose, I have included complimentary tongue pads (the white foamy ovals) in your shoebox. Try placing these on the tongue, or on the heel, to see if you get a better fit.

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.

In the end, what matters most is that you are happy with your shoes! We will gladly take them back (365-day free returns and exchanges, click for details) and I am honored that you gave us a shot.