Maritimes at the lake:
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I have the green Kirkwoods (wore them yesterday matter of fact) and that hasn't happened to me yet....
I gotta try the 1943 at some point. I own a single 333 shoe (Larchmont) - it fits roomy but comfortable. I tried the Franciscan & Flatiron and they fit similarly. I recently tried a University and it was absolutely horrible - the v-gap was larger than I liked and lacing them was difficult due to high instep but at the same time, they just felt like they had a lot of extra length that the tightness at the v-gap prevented me from utilizing. Unbelievably bad fit overall. I'm wondering if something like the Cornwallis would correct my issues or exacerbate things - hard to tell.
You gotta learn to trust me my friend.... :)
Anyway, I too found that the Grand Cayman (essentially the boulder with a bit and some cheesy croc print leather) felt right in a 7D. It is sort of narrowish throughout the main area but it is elongated and subtly squared off in the toe which sort of pushes it past 7 in length compared to other drivers. The 7.5D was horrible for me - way too long. I would recommend wearing them with overly thick socks (bite the bullet, 2-3 times tops) and that should stretch them out enough. They fit me better than the other drivers for sure - only thing I don't like, is that the leather (outside) is pretty tough, so if you attempt to go sockless, they'll rip apart your heel pretty badly.
(Edit) - actually, now that I thought it over....my apologies but how the hell did the guy fit you for the boulder? I'm assuming they had nothing in a 7 (that would be sacrilegious for AE) and the boulder 145 driver last is definitely weird and stands on its own compared to the others...
What did you wind up returning? The 6.5Es or the 7Ds?
Heh...I returned the 6.5E McAllister and McNeils and kept the 7D Strands!
He actually did have a pair of 7D Boulders but in black, and I wanted Tan so he ordered them for me, then when I got home I put in an order for 7E to try also. Maybe it is just a matter of stretching them out (I guess I could also stick a shoe tree in there and let that do some work?) but I felt like I should at least see if the 7E felt better than 7D. My experience continues to be that the AE salesmen seem to think a tight fit is the right fit. I'm having a hard time with that because they just don't immediately feel comfortable to me and I'd hate to spend the money hoping I'll adjust (or they'll sufficiently stretch) rather than try to size up or wider.
They're definitely a good deal for $65 - I cleaned a lot of...patina...off them (scrubbed the welt, etc.) and they came out nice, but I have a great mix of beater pairs and was really hoping I was getting a regular pair. I'm going to get some new laces for them and see if someone can get better use out of them than I would.