Are you near an AE store? I would recommend going to an AE store and get fitted by someone. Nordstrom's SA may not be knowledgeable about different AE lasts and how AE shoes may fit. Plus, AE stores should carry various width sizes. If this is your first AE pair, make sure you get the right size. Black Friday maybe great but I've seen the Park Aves on sale through out the year. Don't rush yourself just to get the sale and end up with a pair of ill-fitted shoes.
excellent advice indeed. i have both clifton and park avenue. IMHO, the fits are fairly similar. my current size works fine but i wish i had gone half-size up when i purchased them. not only you should try to get a proper sizing by a sales associate, you would want to wear them and walk as much as possible in the store.
if you purchase shoes from an outlet, you can still return them as long as there is no visible wear on the soles - try them on in your apartment on a mat. you can always return them, even with the closeouts.