Maiden voyage report: Some SF members may be interested, so a few comments after one day or wear. I was really pleased with the shoes. The break occurred in the proper location across the vamp with none on the toe box. The expected few creaks of new leather sound were gone my noon. The slight tightness in the right toe box (typical for all my shoes because of my feet) loosened during the day and I feel as if the shell was slowly compensating and that the cork bed was gradually assuming a new position. The combined effect was really good and allowed for the laces to be tightened for a closer fit. By the end of the day I felt as the shoes were now far closer to really fitting my feet and breaking in. In short, I REALLY like this combination of shoe, shell and last. The downside is that I am really tempted to see what other make-up I can locate in shell on the Hampton. I highly recommend a pair if your needs go this direction. I am excited to see how they feel after 4-6 wearings.
You wear EEE, correct? What's your brannock size? I have this shoe in 10E and love it, but I wonder if it wouldn't even be more comfortable in 10EE or even 10 or 9.5EEE.
Congrats on the shoes