Shoes were received today. They were very tight at first, but have loosened up considerably and are now pretty comfortable. Pictures were taken with my iPhone 4 as my DSLR's cable seems to not want to work. I'll get that sorted tomorrow. As promised:
Yes, the first I noticed was they didn't 'close' completely. Any way that can be remedied?
When I first tried them on I could barely walk in them. So I jumped onto my bed with them on and watched some Boston Legal. A few hours later and they are as good as gold. Hopefully after a couple more wears they'll be comfier still. I'm really pleased so far.
Now I have to wait on all the obligatory expensive polishes from Valmour and shoe trees from a company in the UK.
Is there anyway I could close the 'V' by changing the way the shoes are laced? Just a thought...
The "V" will close a little more as the leather stretches, but not as far as you would probably like.
I also have a high instep and struggle with the same issue.
The following lacing method looks better with a pronounced "V" imho because you can't see the cross-lacing underneath. http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/straightbarlacing.htm