@Roygbivuxg I currently have Vintage White Archilles 1528. They are not really an off white, more of a warm white. I do like the coloured shoes but they can feel a little bit synthetic in person.
I did order a pair of B-Ball recently - I went for the same size as my Archilles (44 UK 10), they fit wider and measure at least 1cm longer, I can't say a 43 would of fitted better, but I can say the size 10 felt to loose and they went back. Now if you recommend sizing down on BBalls I would say that is probably good advice, altohugh I am yet to confirm this, but I would not recommend anyone sizes down in Archilles, I am a UK 9.5 which is a 43.5, sizing down means I go down just half a size, but absolutely no chance they fit me without murdering my feet. Archilles use very firm leather, not the sort of leather that will give and break in easily. I agree that the highs fit slightly looser, so much so that I sent mine back.
I can't comment on CP quality getting worse over the years but it does not surprise me, but I don't feel you get fair value at full retail - based on the the quality of the leather they should retail some where between £160 to £180, but that's never going to happen so they are a discount purchase for me.
@ursman in London I have only found CPs to try on in Dover Street Market, although the brand is hugely popular the main retailers are online here. I don't see why Italian sizing should have any effect over how you size the shoe, it really makes no difference. All that is important is do the shoes fit small. large or TTS. And here I can only agree with Roygbivuxg CPs Archilles FIT TTS (TRUE TO SIZE) - DO NOT SIZE DOWN unless you want to MURDER YOUR FEET.
I'm glad you brought this up. Because CP is sized in Italian sizing - it does NOT equate to regular EU sizing. So... a CP 39 is NOT an EU 39. I know we have pages and pages of posts here... but we discussed this a ways back.
And, again, YMMV. I know a bunch of us sized down on a number of CPs... Achilles, Bballs, Chelseas. The moral here is - I would definitely not size up :)