Originally Posted by Burra
I am wearing my new 405s for the first time right now.
Few intial thoughts:
They are stiffer than I thought they would be. The top around the ankles is really stiff, and hurting me to wear in. Hoping it doesn't last long.
The fit for my toes is perfect, but again, the rise doesn't quite match. I tried to do them up tight, and they don't come together as other boots do. I don't know if this is normal or not, but the laces actually get further apart, like there isn't enough shoe/leather there to bring the sides around together, or something.
Not sure if I am making sense.
I ran them over last night with general leather softener, and maybe I need some more.
There are also some imperfections that I guess all hand made shoes have. I have a small case of OCD, so it is enough for me to notice and frown at. The rubber on the heel doesn't fit the leather part. It hangs over on the front of the left heel by a good millimetre.
I also notice there is minimal padding for insoles. Almost none. Just a thin leather layer.
I think I will love them, but they hurt for now.
1. Give them a few wearings, for most people, they will feel much better.
2. Don't overuse leather softener, as it can also break down the toe box and heel counter.
3. Shoes don't always lace together, it depends upon the height of your instep, among other factors. If your shoe did lace all the way together at the beginning, what would happen if the leather stretched?
4. Under the leather insole is a layer of cork. If you are used to sneaker style insoles, it takes some getting used to, but once it molds to your foot it will be very comfortable.