Really frustrated today - have never bought brogues or proper leather shoes before and had set my heart on the green colour Trickers Brogues. I really love the colour and want something that's going to last for ages.
I tried them on at the shop, and an 8 was too big (I could stick my finger down the back of my heel) - the 7.5s were snugger and better in that way, but I felt like my little toe on my right foot was being squashed in. Not a lot, but enough to make me think I shouldn't get them. I had pretty much no movement in that toe (but enough in my other toes). The guy at the shop told me I was best not to buy them as really you needed to have a lot more movement in your toes than that, and that being trickers and so solid they wouldn't expand that much.
I tried some other brands, and all had the same issue - I guess I just have funny shaped feet. At Crockett and Jones they told me that the shoe would expand and not to worry about it too much, but I wanted to get a few second opinions on this. I've never bought proper shoes before so it's hard for me to judge, but the last pair of (much cheaper) leather shoes I bought I can't really wear because they're too small and don't want to get that wrong if spending this much money.
What do people think? Are brogues out for me? Or should I trust them when they say they'll expand a bit? They offered me to buy them and wear them at home for a bit to wear them in, which I could try.
Also - I had my heart set on coloured brogues - do anyone else do them other than Trickers?