Any chance in hell the left shoe could be lightened using conditioner / cleaner? It's a shame these are such a mis-match in color.
I almost posted the same thing.
One of the best things about this forum is that we can all put aside all the politics stuff to focus on our obsession for shoes. It's a nice escape from the election years.
I suspect the reason for more shoes in the more common sizes is the distribution skews that way ( i.e. for every 1 size 8, they make 5 size 9, and 10 size 10...). If the number of shoes made in a given size is bigger and the % of failure to meet 1st's criteria is the same, then more seconds.
Also, some styles just are made in limited widths, there will be zero of that style on ShoeBank no matter what. You'll never find a listing for a C or E width Sea Island.
I think I remember that 9D is the size that AE sends to all their stores as "samples". That is, a store is sure to stock a 9d over all the other sizes. Esp. when a new model comes out. You go into the store and ask, "Can I see the new Alumnus in 12E?" They don't have that in stock, of course, but they'll let you oogle over their Alumnus in 9D.
Maybe it's the size that's most aesthetically pleasing; not too big and not too small (goldilocks!). Eventually, all those 9Ds go back to the shoebank.