Originally Posted by fritzl
...but that's why aldens are called gunboats?
agreed, i don't know much about rtw shoes and lasts nowadays.
I thought about that after I posted. I guess it might be more illustrative if I share my measured size: I'm right between a 7.5C and an 8B. The 325 last in UK 6.5E fits perfectly in length and is the slightest bit tight in the toe box when new. I'm sure that as the footbed compresses they will loosen up to perfection. I doubt I'd be able to wear them if I measured one size wider.
Another thing that's interesting about the 325 last is the height of the instep. I have super high arches so almost all my shoes seem to be busting out at the laces. The Darltons actually close a little bit more than I think looks optimal for a Blucher. I can't imagine what it would look like for someone with flat feet. I think the lacing would completely close and probably still not be very tight.