Bought the bourbon University webgems last night online. Fell in love with the shoe as soon as it was posted online. Used the Soles4Souls $35 credit to bring the price down to $260. Will post pics once I receive them.
I'm also a 9D in the 5-65 last. Whenever I try an 8.5E, I often like the extra room in the toe, but I don't like the extra width in the heel grip and cuff area. But that's just me. I'd say buy the 8.5E and return it if it doesn't fit. Return shipping is always free!
Fifth Streets ITW at O'Hare airport. Picked these up for $149 from last week's Shoebank boot promotion. I've experienced none of the squeaking or break-in issues others have reported. Loving them so far!