Hi, new here but I'm still having trouble deciding on a size for my 1k mile boots after trying them on in store and reading over 200 pages on this thread. My question is: Has anyone come to a conclusion on on the 1 full size vs 1/2 a size down on these boots? I'm wearing medium cushion socks and just ordered some hiking wool socks from Costco. I'm normally a size 9 in palladium boots and chucks and size 9.5 in vans/nike/ various athletic shoes.
I originally bought a size 9 and they were way too loose with plenty of toe space and heel slippage so I went to the store and tried on a 8.5 which had no heel slippage but still had lots of toe room. I then tried on a size 8 which was very snug and lightly squeezed the sides of my foot and the vamp/instep but I still have enough toe room but not enough to wiggle freely like I did on the 8.5, the 8's fit more like a basketball shoe. I feel as if the boot would be perfect in-between 8 and 8.5 but that doesn't exist. I'm wondering if a break in would make a difference with the size 8's, I really like the way my Palladium boots fit so I'm trying to aim in that direction if possible.
So those of you who have had these boots for a while what do you recommend for someone who will be wearing these as an everyday boot?