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I've noticed this on shoes/boots and even minimalist sneakers that had cork from at least 5 different brands. It usually gets better over time. Only time it didn't was on an AE pair.. Not sure if it's due to too much cork in that particular area or what.
Normal from what I have seen. I was just looking at this today in a pair of Crockett & Jones Coniston boots I have. Very pronounced but I don't notice when I walk around.
Id think it would depend if the CXL was a bit snug when you got them and you relied on them stretching out. If the CXL fit fine out of the box, I’d think you’d wear the same size.
Yes, I'm asking because the suede/CXL versions are tight, especially in the insteps..sized down 0.5 from Brannock.CXL will stretch out a bit, I prefer a snug fit to start, as I know it will "expand" over the course of break-in.
I go down 1/2 from Brannock as a matter of course. Suede(loafers) are tight across vamp to begin with, but loosen up nicely. CXL boots seem to be fine from day 1.Yes, I'm asking because the suede/CXL versions are tight, especially in the insteps..sized down 0.5 from Brannock.
Probably should email @GrantStone. If it’s the exact same fit, I’d assume you’d need to go up a size or width, but as @NYCTechNerd mentioned they may already factor that in. I don’t own any shell so I don’t know firsthand.
Search by my user name in this thread as I posted about how each type of leather gives (or does not give) and @GrantStone "Liked It". I basically stated that shell gives the least, then suede, then calfskin, and then CXL but the difference is rarely ever enough to change sizing based on material in a structured/lined shoe.