My Cornwallis are here!
They're absolutely tiny. Like all-around small. The heel is tight -- though I can fit in it, it takes my thinnest socks and shoehorn work to do so -- and the toebox is smaller than any other AE shoe I've every tried on in the same size. I can't lace it up.
Honestly, it almost feels like the whole shoe is an 8, not an 8.5. The heel is possibly correct and I'm pulling it tight with my forefoot. I really am at the limit of what I can jam my foot into without acting like on of Cinderella's step-sisters.
So, the "Based on the 1943" is absolute poppycock. Considering others here who told me it would be narrower than the 5 last, I guess this is just confirming and restating their findings.
On the plus side, it's an lovely shoe. Tiny, but quite handsome. The Tom Cruise of shoes, minus the jumping up and down on a couch.
And, a total aside, the last one I got and this one both have a very different finish than one I got last spring and summer. Someone here said they are spraying the finishes now, is that correct? It's a lot more even, but definitely a less organic looking treatment of the leather.
Oh, well. Off to talk to Melissa. She's going to hate me even more than she already does.