I'm a pretty frugal person but I've finally been convinced that these are worth the money, so I'm planning to buy a pair. I could use some advice about what size to get.
I got measured with a brannock device which said 10.5, which is the same size as my sneakers. This was all sorts of wrong, it was way too loose. Considering how far off it was, I asked to try on a pair in 9.5 (same size as my CDBs, which are a snug fit btw). This size felt OK... there was still tons of room in the toe box.
Finally I tried on a 9. The toe box still had plenty of room, but it was noticeably snug on the sides. Definitely tighter than I'd want it to be on a permanent basis.
So, what size would you recommend for me? Do they stretch or "relax" or anything like that (meaning that I should get the 9), or should I go with the 9.5?
One additional question - I wear khakis the majority of the time, and jeans occasionally. Would I be correct in thinking I should go with brown over cordovan, because cordovan doesn't go as well with khakis as it does with jeans or other dark colored pants? Cordovan looks great with jeans but I've been leaning towards the safer option of brown. I don't want to spend this much on a pair of boots that I'd be hesitant to wear, or only feel I could wear with certain clothes.