Took delivery of my burgundy Burford's, yesterday. Beautiful boots and I took them for a run out, today. After three hours, they were still very comfortable. They are size 9, when I usually take 8.5, but this is true of my Chester's (which I suppose would be true as Burford's are extended Chester's). They need an insole and this makes them fit very well. A slightly odd point; I have just realised that I was buying insoles that were too small. They need, it seems, to be a snug fit and, in this case, they are size 43). Also, I have found that the size 42, posh, shoe trees don't fit. Once in the boots, they were almost impossible to get out again. I have fallen back on a pair of trees that have a wooden foot part and a flexible, metal shaft, with a knob of wood on the end. They ain't the most glamourous of shoe trees and I am sure that the purist would say that they are not fit for purpose, but they work. The posh ones were the sort that are mostly wood , have a split toe and have two rods joining the heel part to the sole part. I use these for all my other shoes.
Driving in them doesn't seem to be a problem, although, at one point, I hit the brake pedal with my left foot, rather than hitting the clutch pedal. As is obvious, hitting the break pedal with the wrong foot can be fairly dramatic. No other problems, though.
I was advised by my shoe shop not to lace the boots right up to the eyelets, leaving one pair of eyelets without laces. This seems to have worked well. I am not sure if, later on, it will be time to do them right up to the top.
One slight niggle. When I got the boots home, I realised that both toe caps had a slight crease in them. Only I would notice it but it shouldn't be the case. Interestingly (or otherwise), once they had trees in them overnight and once I had taken them out for a reasonable walk, the creases seem to have diminished. Can shoe trees, or even walking, really help in cases like this? I imagine that it might be possible to 'stretch out' the toe cap creases, in this sort of situation.
Thank you for listening. Munky.