A question for you Sea Island owners. Where does you big toe reach relative to the moc-stitching?
After some experimentation, I'm almost certain I'm an 8.5D (didn't have one to try, but got my hands on 9's and 8's), but I'd like to be sure before I give up on 8's.
Edit: Also how have they broken in? (i.e. are they looser width-wise).
Perhaps they have broken in some but I found them to be pretty forgiving immediately. My big toe sits on the stitching from the sole if that is what you are asking. I dont even notice it, really since the first wear. Even less noticeable if you wear those no show socks for those shoes. I have an 8.5EEE.
I meant the stitching on the top. In the 8's my the tip of my big toe is just before the stitching without socks, and I'm thinking that might be a bit short (for the shoe), but the 8's are nice and snug. In the 9's, its further away from the stitching (duh), and I wouldn't quite say they're loose width-wise, but not snug either.
The long and the short (pun), I'd like the snugness of the 8's but more like the length of the 9's. Hence, why I'm thinking 8.5, but I loafers are not my jam, so maybe the 8's are just the way they're supposed to be. I can fit in them with no-shows, but I then they're tight, which again points me towards 8.5.
I think I'm just over analyzing.
Edit: Insert gesticulating Giuliani here.