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Hey guys, figured I'd shed some light on this. While the TB last is most definitely the default for most Indy boots, we still can't really make the assumption and be safe. I will remind everyone that the J. Crew burnished tan Indy on crepe is shaped over the Barrie last. I (like most of you) never would have guessed that, but there was quite a few of them listed on TSM 2nds lists. TSM specified last. I also inquired and they confirmed.
As far as TB vs Barrie sizing goes. I feel pretty comfortable going 7.5D across the board. My J.Crew PCT are a 8D, but that's my own sizing error and I'm willing to just live with it, as it's not major. I feel like the TB boot is meant to be roomy in the toe. It's a work boot and has a much more orthopedic focus. The forefoot and toes need to be able to really spread for true foot health. I think we get pretty used to wanting to compress our foot to the max while still maintaining some comfort. There is a reason true orthopedic shoes look like potatoes... Beauty isn't particularly comfortable.
Edit: jcrew burnished tan indy is not on Barrie last
Appreciate the info and clarification ross. I do understand that the sizing is the same but I think your explanation nailed it for me. I've never been much of an Indy guy and I think it's more due to the Trubalance last. As you indicate, it's a last with more of an orthopedic look/feel to it. This whole situation came about because I'm sizing down and I've sold four color 8's over the past month. I'm not replacing all four but plan on replacing 2. I think I got in on the Context tanker madness which leaves room for 1, and I thought the jcrew Indy would be a great beater boot at that price. I also knew that as soon as news of the price hit SF, they would be gone in an hour so I didn't have time to think about it (especially in my size). Being on back order has given me time to appropriately research and I'm just not sure the look is for me. If I pull the trigger on one of the EBAY listings I'm considering, I'll likely cancel the jcrew order.
Oh well, as another poster once said "first world problems". Again, thanks for the response.