Looking to get a good first pair of monk straps, as a I've had only lace-ups to this point. For the latter I generally take an 8.5D almost every time. As a general size question for monks, should I take a half size down, 8D to ensure the same fit? Worried that with monks my usual size will fit too loosely without being able to fully lace the shoe.
Try your regular size first. Going down a size could leave you with painful pinched toes. You may need to size down, depending on the last, but that's true of any shoe.
If you have a low instep, as I do, you may find it tricky to get a proper fit. So it's important to try before you buy.