I'd imagine they'd work well for you in 8.5D but may depend on your instep and sock preference.I'm a 9E on the Brannock as well but I like my TB indies in 8.5E. I have a highish instep and like to wear them with thicker socks.
I picked up a pair of shell indies last month and wasn't charged import taxes. They were shipped via EMS and were accompanied with paperwork that stated the shoes were made in the USA along with the value. I feel pretty lucky.