Originally Posted by partyof6
Agree that the shoes will stretch and the "V" will close some. It doesn't look all the way closed to me though. I'm guessing he has about a half inch gap, which would close as the shoes stretch. I could be totally wrong, however, as it's difficult to judge on a screen. Regardless, the spacing alone is not a very good way to determine fit. I agree with you that the overall snugness should be a more important factor to consider.
Originally Posted by wurger
Yes. Very strange, people normally take the same size or go up half in 82, as it's a slimmer last in the toe.
Originally Posted by tchoy
I actually think the 202n may be too big the laces are already closed the shoes will stretch more once broken in. My experience with EG are you want the shoes quite snug straight out from the box.
i agree that in my experience the 82 is a slimmer last than the 202. but i also think that the 82 is a longer last than the 202.
pics below for reference. they seemed to my eye to be identical in length. but for the sake of precision i also measured them both and found the 202 to be only 1mm longer despite being 1/2 size larger.
the 202 is currently the most comfortable shoe to wear. but i know both of these shoes will stretch with time. and i don't yet know which one will be the most comfortable once they are both stretched and worn in.