No lining at first fitting and you could feel it through the shirt, will be fully lined when finished so it's not going to be an issue. But the swatches I handled prior made me believe it would be softer.
A G&G bespoke balmoral oxford but with back seam
I think they would look a lot better without it
A Otsuka different balmoral with some kind of sideseam. But it has the sideseam on the inside and outside.
Pictures from the cetipide site. There might be better examples there...
Not sure if this is of any help
I would go up half a size on the 199 last. But that´s my feet. That would likely give relief for the tightness on the side in the toe area.
Hopefully I can find a local cobbler that can stretch them like Fritzl recommended (thank you).