Also, had a quick question. I tend to be sort of "between" a 9EEE and a 9.5E on the 5 last. I think the 9EEE tends to fit a little bit better, if I had to choose. I'm planning on getting a pair of Walnut strands; however, I understand they are sort of meant to be a "sleek" streamlined shoe. I'm a little hesitant to go for the extra wide EEE width, which I feel might detract from the shoe's overall aesthetics (vs. a slightly longer but less wide shoe). Is this a stupid thing to worry about? Does anyone have any good input, or better yet some pictures of Strands in EEE width?
Go with which fits better. I got my walnut strands from the nordy anniv sale. i wear 9EEE. they don't look clunky, fat, or wide at all. no photos right now, but will post if i take some later. so, yes, it's a stupid thing to worry about. the strands are a ridiculously good-looking shoe (better-looking than the somewhat-comparable half-brogues from alden, which i saw in person and was not impressed with), and it still looks great even in 9EEE.
plus, nobody looking at your shoes will be seeing a 9.5e side-by-side with a 9eee, and even if they were, they'd have to be looking for a difference to notice one.