After two months of waiting, my grey Daltons have finally arrived! I'll be picking them up tomorrow afternoon. I will try to get pictures up asap.
I stopped by one of my local AE stores today. I'm in the Boston area so I'm lucky that I have three stores depending on where I am any given day (Downtown, Newbury St and Natick). Anyway, they offered to swap out my McAllisters but before they did I asked for another measurement and after trying on a few different things he helped me decide that I in fact needed a wider shoe. So, we went down to 7.5 but in an E. Unfortunately the McAllister in that size was out of stock so I used a PA as reference and they will ship me the new shoe. That should hopefully take care of the discoloration, sizing and gaping.
Don't expect an uncomfortable shoe to become comfortable over time. It really has to start comfortable. The stretching that happens naturally will not be significant enough if the shoe is improperly sized. Definitely get a shoe sized to the larger foot and cope with some mild slippage with the smaller one.
PS: I'll be swinging by Downtown tomorrow to get my Daltons. ^.^
Edited by Mike Lucas - 4/2/13 at 9:48pm