rezzor, I think your onto the right track as far as the fit of the PTB's goes. I assume these are shoes you intend to have for a long time. It's been my experience with double-leather soled dress shoes that it takes awhile, especially with shell, for them to mold to your foot. If your feet are like most people they will swell considerably after a long day on them or after a big meal. I personally hate shoes that feel to tight. The Marlow PTB's are very nice shoes. I hope you end up liking yours as much as I do mine.