An ebay auction for a pair of virtually new Halleck boots (black edge, commando) ended this evening. Opening bid was $549 and I'm amazed they went untouched. I am dying for a pair of halleck/brixtons and would have been all over them, except they were a half size small at 8.5D.
But, the temptation to try to fit them led me to learn a few things, and that follows on the recent conversation about foot length and arch length. I have always known I was a tweener--between a 9 and 9.5, but I have never measured my own feet carefully on a brannock device. Turns out my left foot is a 9+ and my right foot is an 8.5. But get this--my heel-to-ball is a 10 for both feet. This makes sense, as I consider myself, for whatever reason (what shoes they feel best in) a true 9.5. Brannock will say that it's the larger of the two measurements (heel-to-toe vs heel-to-ball) but a 10 for me would have too much extra room to work.
So, even though I felt I had enough toe room in my 9D barrie shell boots to fit into an 8.5, it really wouldn't have been appropriate for my relatively long arch length. Walking in them would have been very uncomfortable.