My experience with retricker has been mixed. Occasionally, they sell first quality shoes, but usually they have some kind of defect. Unfortunately, they never describe the defect in the listing. You can scour the pictures to try to figure out what's wrong (and the pictures don;t always reveal the problems), or you can email. Often, by the time they respond (if they respond), the shoes you want may have sold. The cordovan boots from this morning sold within half an hour of listing. Yes, you will likely be assessed a customs fee (in the US); they do accept returns, but it's expensive.
As for the 2298, I find it to be mostly consistent with the 4497, though a little tighter in the toe. I understand that Aldens are popular, but frankly think they're the worst reference point for shoe sizing. As with the 4497, with the 2298, I go one size down from my actual US shoes size as measured on the brannock device. (US 9 / UK 8)
Edited by sjmin209 - 3/23/16 at 10:22am