I think he does....
After a thorough cleaning, um, a few thorough cleanings, my shoes look great again!
The left one kept giving me trouble just above the toe, about the creases - it would get darkened and rough and dull and be unconditionable on application of cream. I'm still not sure what happened, I think it might've been wet and not having dried out completely. What eventually solved the issue was saddle soaping all cream and polish away, letting it dry out with a shoe tree for two days, brushing on a thin layer of cream, waiting a few hours, brushing the excess away, brushing another layer on, brushing away, and repeating once more, finally polishing with a very small amount of dried-out wax. Conditioning them was completely different this time.
I think moisture was the issue somehow - the area of problem seemed to spread. The creases are probably very porous and let in moisture very easily.
Anyway, I then walked in them, brushed them off, walked in them some more, brushed some cream into the creases, brushed off, and did a super light, almost unecessary spit shine. And here they are.
On a side note: I wore them a few hours each day for three days. After that I got a quite painful inflammation in my big toe joint, just as if I had gout. I never experienced them as putting much pressure there, though, certainly not more than what you'd expect from new shoes.
Anyone had anything similar happen? It really caught me off-guard - I'm a bit more fragile than most as I suffer from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, but on the other hand I'm very used to pain - this was bad enough that I had serious trouble walking. Felt like a super-tender bruise inside the toe joint.
Yes precisely meister. I am an US 11 E on the device and the 10.5 F fit great. I would imagine the regular Islay on the "E" fitting would've been a little narrow for my feet.
+1 to DpprDR. My boots are on the 228 last and the islays are in the 365 last.
I ordered 1/2 size down from my normal US 11 E size as the retailer did not have it in a 10. Thankfully the length is great.
I did call the NYC C&J retail store to double check before I purchased and they advised that a half size down would be correct. Give them a ring, they wont bite.
I am an 8.5E on the 348 and the Islay, though the Islays are certainly roomier than my Westbournes. I was considering an 8E, but the salesman was certain that 8.5 fit me perfectly. I have worn them about 10 times now, and he was right. For other references, I am a 9D (US size) on the Alden Barrie last (both boot and shoe), and 9.5E on the AE 5-last. Otherwise I am a 9.5D (US size) in just about everything else I wear.