I have an AE store 2 miles down the road and have purchased enough where they had no problem ordering in the sizes i wanted to try. Some I've purchased, brought home and tried on carpet for a week even for break in as I thought they were close, but still to narrow. Others too long and wide. Some i bought on eBay and wore a few times with suits, etc.
I've tried the Park Ave and Lexingtons, so it's not just the Bals.
Anyway, if anyone has other suggested lasts, i do like AE a lot and would gladly try others if I thought they would fit.