I received the Westbournes in lapis and they have received a conditioning with renovateur and a bit of saphir neutral wax on the toes and look incredible and fit very well - perhaps a little tight at first but I wore them all today with no trouble. I did keep the William (I) from Mr. Porter. I had two sizes from which to try in both the Westbourne (which came from the Lobb shop in Costa Mesa) and the William I (9UK and 9.5UK). Decided to keep the 9.5UK in the monk straps and a 9UK in the Westbournes.
I went to the larger size in the monk straps because the smaller size just felt too small and the heel in both sizes rode up and down a bit so I didn't see any advantage at the time with going with the larger size. I know part of this heel slippage issue is due to the stiffness of the double sole but I'm beginning to feel like maybe I should have kept the 9 in the monk straps rather than the 9.5. My feet move around in the 9.5 a tiny bit and there's enough room in there for me to try a black superfeet insole in the shoes. So I'm trying that (the thin black ones that are made for dress shoes) and that seems to help and keeps the buckle in the middle hole rather than in the third (although it does crowd up the vertical dimension in the toe box just a little but. But the long and short of it is, how many blisters will I have to go through before the heel slippage begins to fade??? I have tried to flex the soles a bit when I have the shoes in my hands but flexing these double soles that way is nearly impossible. Did anyone else go through this ordeal? Suggestions?
I have the William. My heel slippage began to fade on the third or fourth wear. Even when I had heel slippage (which was fairly minor), I experienced nothing even close to blisters. With monks, if I am between sizes, I size down.