I purchased a pair of walnut strands recently. It's my first pair of Allen Edmonds so I went to the store to be fitted. We tried at least 6 pairs of shoes and we ended up going with the 9.5 C. It felt a bit tight but the 9.5 D had too much "air" on the top front of my feet so he said it's definitely not a 9.5 D. We tried some 10's and I had a slight heel slip. However, the 9.5 C felt really tight, especially when I walk. I can feel my smaller toes touching the inside of the shoe wall if that makes any sense. It bothered me enough to go back and get a second opinion. I met with a different employee there and told her that I thought the shoes were too small and wanted her to measure me again. She checked the fit first and said that they seemed to actually be perfect but she would take a look anyways. She had me try the 9.5 D again and told me the same thing, that it has too much air and that wasn't good. She said that it would take a while for the shoes to break in and that if I really wanted to she could stretch them for me.
I've always heard that these shoes don't need to be broken in so hearing that and especially the comment about stretching them really got me worried. Do I just have a really odd size (between C and D)? I haven't worn them outside yet so I think I can still either return them or sell them but they make it sound like you need to really wear them in before you can see how comfortable they will be. But by that point if I did get the wrong size, it would be too late to exchange.