Perhaps because I have worn arch-ease ready-to-wear White's previously, I find it comfortable from the get-go. I actually find it a little more comfortable in the narrower width. Sadly, different people find different types of footwear comfortable. I lnow guys who work full days in flip flops because nothing else feels as good to them. I still recommend you keep pressing Baker's on the fit, assuming you sent in tracings and measurements. They guarantee it right?
Some rough-out leather has too much nap, aka too fuzzy, but the rough-out on these has a nice look and feel...very pleasing to me and I have some very expensive bench-made shoes. As even "unlined" SDs have lined vamps, I can't swear what the other side looks like. However, on other rough-out boots, the inside looks and feels just like the outside on regular boots.
Here are a couple more photos...I am wearing them with a suit because that is what I put on this morning. I wouldn't advocate that for these particular SDs, but sometime I just don't care... :-)
That is why Im getting a pair in Black, want to be able to wear with black pants. But, it my wearing black it means it is a more business or professional setting and I think the Semi-Dress in all black is perfect for the setting. I'm leaning towards your exact configuration but in all rough out. Going to break in my current pair first and see if I need to adjust the size before I order my second pair. Thanks!