I am new to the forum and just wanted to start out by saying hello to everyone. I am glad that i have found a place where i can get some solid advice on menswear topics. So here's the story:
A few weeks back I went to my local Allen Edmonds shop and, after trying on a pair of the First Avenue and Dalton boots, finally decided to pull the trigger on a new pair of First Ave boots. I had my foot measured by one of their salesman and settled on a size 9D (I usually range between an 8.5 - 9D in dress shoes / boots). They fit great (especially since i have a narrow foot and its hard to find boots that fit well), there is no heel slippage, and they're not too wide in the toe. However, I have realized they are a little long. This is my first pair of actual dress boots so I am not too sure what to expect.
My question is essentially two-fold at this point and some advice is greatly appreciated:
1. Does anyone have experience with this boot? If so, has anyone else noticed they run a little on the long side?
2. Would going to a different size width reduce the overall length of the boot? I can honestly say that if i went to an 8.5 D the boots would be too tight because they fit snug already in the sides and the heel.
I tried searching the forum for general information but was hoping someone could point me in the right direction as this question may have been asked before. I am relatively new to the world of shoe buying and quality > quantity. I do understand, however, the point of saving to buy a quality pair of shoes / boots that are made of higher quality materials and can be re-crafted. I am also early in my career and find that Allen Edmonds is the perfect balance between quality/price for the time being.
Thanks for listening to a rather long, drawn out post.