I have both Barrie Boots and Daltons in the same size.
IMO, the Dalton is slightly more snug on the width. I get a tiny bit of pressure on my pinky toe.
I don't have any problem with them in the same size, but they are slightly smaller.
I went with 1/2 size up from my Barrie size. I have a little room in my Barrie last, too.
Sorry for the bad iPhone pic, and yes I'm sitting down hence the high waters. I've had my Strands for almost a year now and I'm still amazed how little they have creased. Are creased a big deal to me? Not at all but it's still nice to see them hold up extremely well with regular use.
My walnut Strands are my least creased shoe as well. You can barely tell they are there.
Most creased for me are my black Vernons. I got them from Amazon and forgot to condition them or break them in before wearing them all day
He probably did you a favor - the fact that it's a second shouldn't matter at all - if he doesn't need the business that bad, he certainly wouldn't treat your shoes with love.