The disparity in fit between the Hillcrest and the Hastings is quite surprising. I know that the Hillcrest is on the #4 last, and I have the impression that the Hastings is too. (Unfortunately, my printed A-E catalog is at home, and I don't think the last numbers appear on A-E's website.) It's because of experiences like yours that I firmly believe in only buying shoes I've tried on. In my normal size, 13D, I don't care for the #3 last, find the #1 very "iffy" (sometimes good and comfortable, sometimes not) while the #4, #5 and #8 have always been very comfortable. I just got my first pair on the #0 last (the discontinued Kingsley) and like it well.