Kenwoods arrived today. As a few have mentioned, the blue is muuuuch darker, almost appearing black in most lighting. Seems the right shoe has been tried on and has a few nicks but otherwise a good looking pair of 1sts at a nice sales price. Plus I know this cxl only gets better with wear and tear.
I went with the same size as my Maritimes (9B, as compared to 9D on the 5 last) and the strap is definitely tight. Since these will be worn sockless, I wanted a snug fit. Think the strap will stretch? I'll give them a little more time on the carpet and/or get them slightly wet and wear em (accidentally finding with the Maries).
I had the same experience - bought the Maritime and the Kenwoods in the same size/width, and the Kenwood felt a bit tight across the strap. After 2-3 wears (for a few hours each), the strap has already loosened up a bit for me and they seem notably less snug.