ZETONE Plain-Toe Oxford, Black

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The Chronology Zetone is a shoe with timeless Style, is interchangeable with multiple outfits and situations formal and casual, and provides you with timeless Comfort throughout. Now take these benefits, and multiply them. Because, they are made by a shoemaker with a Heritage of 120 years’ experience. And because, not only are they resoleable, but they are backed by our full recrafting service which will restore your shoes to better-than-new, years later, for a fraction of the cost. All this at no risk, because we’ve got you covered with free returns and exchanges for 365-days. You’re not getting shoes. You’re getting tens of thousands of hours of game time, looking sharp and feeling great at the same time.

Regarding styles...the Fer and the Zetone are exactly the same, except for the presence or absence of a cap over the toe. We started with the Fer Cap-Toe Oxford because it is widely acknowledged as the most classic design, and therefore the most versatile. Designed to meet U.S. Department of Defense uniform regulations, the Zetone Plain-Toe Oxford has become favored among gentlemen who prefer a more minimalist detailing. Some say the Fer looks sleeker because the cap appears to cinch the toe-box like a belt, while others say the Zetone looks sleeker because of the uninterrupted flow from lace to tip. In the end, both are beautiful, and you can't go wrong with either.

The Zetone are named in honor of my grandfather (1915-2012). An airman for four decades, he lived a life with the highest values of service: heroism, honor, helping others. What I remember him for most, though, was his cool. Stay cool, Grandpa, and thank you for teaching us the same. 

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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.