I guess I've been rather fortunate when it comes to sizing for the large number of shoes or boots I've order via the internet or phone. This includes Raincourt, Alden, Viberg, Carmina, C&J, Alfred Sargent, Vass, Edward Green, John Lobb, G&G< and Saint Crispin. This site has been my main go to for sizing advice, but of course there are those times when venders have been able to give me advice based on other shoes or boots I've purchased previously. Then there were times I've ordered two sizes and returned the size that didn't fit when possible. There are those shoemakers such as Rancourt who will send you a trial pair, or there are those like Viberg who will give you sizing advice based on measurements you send them. It's not like they forbid you from trying on in person, it's just that most of us don't live close enough or are not always able visit all the places where the opportunity exists to try them on.
Bottom line like others have said is that If you want it bad enough you'll have to do so according to the conditions that currently exist. So my best advice is If you chose play, is to put on your big boy pants and jump in the pool.
Edited by dddrees - 4/27/14 at 8:05pm