How wide are they at the toe? I wear an 8.5D in AE but also own some of their 8E's which tend to fit better.
You don't happen to have a pair of calf DB's to compare to do you?
Woah, that's nuts. The last time I wore shoes that small was in grade school!
I think it was more of an issue with my instep being too low for the shoes. I couldn't tighten the laces enough. Would have been solved with a tongue pad.