Originally Posted by ferguscan
They are completely wrong for you. Do you have a high instep? I find that many oxfords are intolerant of this (I can't wear insoles with most of mine). Assuming your feet don't feel constrained by the width of the shoe, try sizing up until you can close the laces properly. Or try a different shoe.
The definition I looked up seems to be consistent, but I don't know what a normal instep would...