First, I think you made an outstanding decision. You've chosen to get a shoe from Edward Green. Now you have a number of great vendors you can purchase your shoes from. I have purchased mine from a couple of different places and I have always received the best customer service regardless of where I chose to purchase them from. If you have established your shoe size already in any number of the other decent brands you should be able to get sizing recommendations here from forum members or even from the vendor you decide to purchase your shoes from. At times having the ability to return an item for cash or in store credit might not be a bad thing especially when buying a specific Last for the first time. This method has worked for a good majority of the people who frequent this board. We all had to start somewhere and it's not always possible to try them on before making a purchase. Brooks Brothers however is great if you need that secure feeling of trying it on prior to purchase. Keep in mind however that their selection is limited and you might be able to find a better deal if you are willing to order from the internet. I would highly recommend Skoaktiebolaget and I think you should at least take a look at what they have and their prices before making a decision.
Went to sky valet tonight to look at their remaining selection of EG's and I was able to try on an 8.5UK in the 888 last but was unable to walk for fear of breaking the toe box. The owner indicated that a 9 UK would be perfect. I did buy a pair of C&J Westbourne Brogue Cap toes in an 8UK on the 348 last. Does the 9UK sound accurate in EG compared to 8UK in C&J? The owner indicated that EG runs small.
Edited by Cuttingboard - 2/27/14 at 5:10pm