Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
How do they fit? I am curious, because IIRC, it was my random musings about EG fit that pushed you from "fence" to "buy."
LOL, don't take too much responsibility onto your shoulders. I was probably on the "buy" side of the fence to begin with - likely to pull the trigger unless someone posted something like "I tried that once and six months later they had to amputate at the knee". Indeed, I recall that the gist of your post was that it was doable but probably not ideal - something less than a "push", I'd say.
I tried them on briefly out of the box - no obvious problems. As a result of the narrow toe, my toes still only come to roughly the mid-point in the cap, so length per se certainly isn't a problem. The test will be, as I break them in and wear them for extended periods, whether the two small toes on my left foot (the slightly bigger and thus more problematic one) gets uncomfortably jammed. Can't tell yet if that will be a problem - it's up against the edge of the shoe, but is not uncomfortable when trying them on. I'm hoping that, given that I went a size wider while stepping down a full size in length, it will not be a problem as the shoes break in. Overall, the fit feels snug but not uncomfortable, perhaps a bit tight across the top of the foot when I lace it fully closed. I'm assuming that will loosen up a tiny bit with wear, too.
Tonight and this weekend I'll be trying to follow the prescribed SF break-in techniques: condition/polish before wear, short initial wearings in the house, etc. Early next week I'll take 'em for a day-long spin and report on the results.
On the down side, I'm already feeling to feel like a negligent shoe owner for not having a pair of lasted EG trees for them, as the "How To Care For Your Shoes" booklet that came with them chastises me that non-lasted trees can cause "distortion".
Oh well, I'll just have to be to Greens what Jimi Hendrix was to Stratocasters . . . (um, except for the lighting on fire bit)