Hi, i'm also new to AE and also about to bite the bullet on the AE strands on the nordstrom website.
I seem to size up as 8E, according to the AE size guide. However, after reading several threads i understand that the Strand is a 5 last, which is longer and narrower.
As I live in Australia, I can't go into a store and try them on for myself (best solution) so it is a bit of a gamble for me.
I own a few Loake 1880 shoes that are size 8.5UK or 9UK with a G fitting and they seem to fit me well if that gives some idea to anyone. And yes, I do have a bit of a wide foot.
Would just like some advice regarding this.
Thanks in advance
Maybe someone else can give you more specific advice if they own some Loakes, but I can't imagine that you would be an 8US if you are an 8.5 or 9 UK, or that you would be less than a EE or EEE if you are a G fitting.