You said you wear
Rain - UK 8
Forrest - UK 8
Alden Barrie - US 8D (full size down, rather than half size as most people have)
Rain - UK 8
Forest - UK 8
Alden Barrie - US 9D
My sizing has been the same as Sevenfold,
Detroit last - UK 11
Forest - UK 12 ( Can't fit my foot in a UK 11)
Alden barrie last - US 12 D
9D would swim on me.
I was borderline 8 / 8.5 on Barrie and prefer my shoes on the snug side, so took a gamble on the 8 giving slightly. So far I think I made the right choice, though 8.5C would probably be ideal
^^ I have Rain in both UK8 (single monk shell) and UK8.5 (the wholecuts in navy shell above).
My preference is greatly for the UK8.5 as it is the most comfortable for my feet. I am a US9D (left foot is 9, right foot is a couple of mm longer).
The UK8 monks fit my left foot perfectly but they do pinch the little toe of my right foot a bit. Hence, I prefer UK8.5.
For Inca Last, I can wear UK8, no problem.
For Oscar Last, I definitely have to take UK8.5 as this last has a noticably lower instep.
I will post some pics of the navy wholecut when I next wear them.
Betty is suggesting I size down an additional 1/2 size from the 11UK I wear in the Forest last for a new Inca last purchase. I'm somewhat skeptical of the suggestion due to how similar the Forest last is supposed to be with the Inca last. How accurate has Betty's sizing recommendations been for others? Also, if I go with her suggestion and the shoes are too small, am I on the hook for the additional shipping and duties for the exchange? Looking to place the order today, so any help would be appreciated.
I'm on the wide side of a 12D U.S., which means I can do D widths for normal lasts (like AE's 5 last), but am out of luck for narrow lasts (like AE's 8 last and Brooks Brothers C&J 240 last).