I find that on the few English made shoes I have (JLP and Peal), the leather at the laces comes completely together, one side touches the other, when laced. This prevents the laces from pulling the shoe tighter around one's foot. It also makes the shoe look more "put together" in a sense, the tongue is almost completely hidden, etc. But it does also seem to eliminate the wearer's ability to wear the shoe tighter than a point predetermined by the guy who cut the leather in the first place. American shoes never seem to be cut this way. Is this just "the way it is" with English made shoes? Does this apply to all English shoes? As a person with somewhat narrower feet than the average bear, it has kept me away from buying English shoes, on occaision, especially as they are so seldom offered in widths, just like sneakers at Wal-Mart. Anyone else noticed this or found it to be a problem for them? This is not limited to English-made shoes. My AE Soho's are like this, and to a lesser extent another pair of AE bals. I think it speaks to the need to get the width just right. All my AE's are D width, and my foot is definitely on the very narrow end of D, if not really a C. I'm off for a field trip to BB in Chestnut Hill Mass. to see what they have and how I can part myself from my money.