Well, I tried on a pair of Quoddy mocs in size 7, and they fit tight across the vamp, but length wise were pretty spot on. I take a 6.5UK in Trickers/McNairy, and I've tried on a 7US in the Alden unlined seude PTB from RG (which ran a little tight across the vamp, don't know what last RG's came in). For dress shoes I'm pretty much a 7.5US.
Did the leather stretch out a little after breaking in, and was it tight across the vamp before breaking them in? Just wondering how it should feel when they're new, and how it'll break in.... unlike shoes I won't be able to just tie the laces up tighter or looser to compensate.
Cordovan is said to stretch very little, if at all. However, Aldens have a 1/4" layer of cork in the insole, so your foot will sink in to that allowing for more room as they break in. Also, while the cordovan doesn't really stretch, the upper will form to your foot as you wear them, so that will aleviate some of the tightness across the vamp. I would say if they are very tight off the bat, they don't fit. If they are only very slightly tight, you probably have the right size.
Also, the first stitch connecting the tounge to the side of the upper on both of my pairs seems to have broken or loosened, so maybe that has something to do with it. However I think that has more to do with the sole and upper still being stiff when I began walking in them, and not that they were the improper fit. Let me see if i can figure out how to insert a pic of what I am describing from my album...
Also, some may find that the van last or this model doesn't work for them at all in any size do to a high instep.
Edited by Bakes11771 - 6/27/12 at 11:24am