Too bad we're not the same size! And thanks!
I think @NAMOR
can attest to this. And I agree, I might consider an antiqued edge sole on dainite or commando down the road.
Oh yeah I think 1/2 down is the way to go. I've read some people getting away with 1 down but 1/2 makes for a comfortable fit and still have wiggle toes for room. Whenever I go on a backpacking trip with lots of walking involved I will includes the 744 with my luggage. As my feet expand, the 744 have space to accomdate the expanding feet.