My Navy Trail Oxfords came today! But I need your opinion. As measured barefoot at a Runner's World, my feet are 7.5D. I ordered 7.5 in the oxfords, which fit fine with dress socks. However, when I wear them sockless, I get a bit of heel slip (it's also towards the end of the day, so I'm assuming it would be worse if I had just woken up and tried them on). You can hear the back of my heel slipping up and back into place when I walk. There is exactly 1 inch from my big toe to the end of the shoe, when I have no socks on.
Do you think I should keep them and just wear them with dress socks? Or, should I buy a 7.0 pair from oak street, let him know I'll be returning my pair, and potentially wait another 8-9 weeks (possibly less, as it depends on the supply of vibram soles)? I'm perfectly fine with waiting and paying for shipping fees. My other option is to use wall tack and stick some on the sole of the shoe. My canvas, 3-hole slip on common projects used to have some heel slip, but after sticking some tack on the sole, the tack essentially glued my foot to the shoe. The leather sole also molded to the shape of my feet, which makes them really comfortable and fit snugly. My last idea: tying the oak streets more tightly so my heels don't slip. If I do that, the shoe laces are too tight above my foot when I walk, so that won't work.
I think I want to buy a size 7 pair. I'm pretty confident the 7 would fit nicer after they stretched out, so I could just straight up return my 7.5 pair. I really do think the 7 would be a better fit, as the width won't be an issue. The leather will definitely stretch out, I can loosen the laces more, and the toebox is still pretty roomy in my 7.5's.
Overall, I have to say these shoes look as nice in person as they do in the pics. I'm really glad I bought them, despite the sizing error I made.