I own a lot of different brands and Viberg is a hard break in because of the thick leather. That is a good thing in my book. I am in the same situation between a 7 and 7.5 on the 2030. I have the latigo in 7 and after 10 wears they are much looser than the first time. I won't be wearing thick socks with them. The 1035 in a 7 I can wear a thicker sock. If I wanted a thick winter sock then I would go 7.5.