There is nothing "arguable" about that. The left shoe is clearly larger than the right shoe, and I wouldn't keep them no matter what happens. You don't want to start forcing a shoe of this price and caliber to fit by using cheap adhesive foam pads. Sometimes those are necessary for some people, but you should make sure the shoes are the best they can be before going that route.
Agree. That is clearly a mis-marked 9.5 on the Left.
I have both Cigar and Whiskey LHS. You will not be disappointed with the Cigar. It is a very versatile shoe.
agree with the above. go neutral. i've even stopped using the burgundy cordovan cream because i don't like how uniformly it changes the color of color #8. on my ravello i've only ever used neutral, and started recently using it on my #8 as well. i just got a pair of cigar LHS and i plan to only use neutral on that as well. part of the beauty of shells is how each one has a different hue. neutral won't affect this. creams with pigment will.
No objection to the above; however, there are times I want the shell to darken. For those times the burgundy and dark brown Saphir creams are great. Admittedly, most shells I have intentionally darkened are from AE.
Dangit. Knew I shouldn't have hesitated. Was browsing the bay today and saw an 11.5 Barrie double leather sole #8 LWB pop up for $79, w/ a BIN at $229. Should've just pulled the trigger before heading out for soccer.
If it was a forum member, congrats - and you know where to sell it if fit doesn't work out.