The Lake shoes also arrived. I was able to test them out in the cold and had some pleasant runs. The shoe is definitely made narrow, even a size 13.5 is a little tight but they are probably one of the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn out of the box.
If there is any question about circulation versus insulation you should know I added three large layers of socks plus a VB today (since it was warm) simply to stretch the boot. It took an hour to get cold. I removed all layers but one and in no time the foot circulated warmth. It really is a good winter boot and the next two hours were great. I've tested them easily down to -45 without an overboot and only one sock layer. Similar to my Lobbens. Good stuff.
I (also) say luck because while riding in the cold temps last week my freewheel froze open and obviously needs a little service. Something that may have happened during the ITI since the hubs and rims are so new I wouldn't have thought to have them serviced. I had to switch back to my large marge rims with the older WTB hub and freewheel which works great, still, even at the lowest temps... probably because of Pete B's magic mechanics as he was the last to repack them.