Have to agree with the others. I've been told the same by the guys at the Alden store in Manhattan, and also the owner of Sherman Brothers (who, fwiw, seemed a hell of a lot more knowledgeable than the folks at the Alden shop).
I think this is pretty common on all shoes with thick/stiff soles.
Thanks; I find myself in the unenviable position of finding that I fit in 2 different sizes, one slightly tighter (a bigger but narrower size) but still a good fit, the other slightly looser (my usual size) but still a good fit. Of course I'm agonizing before dropping 600 plus for a pair of shoes. I think the slightly looser is the way to go. I don't know if feet get fatter over the years, but it seems easier to add a small insert if necessary than to go the other way around.
And now that I think about it, actually, maybe this is the best place to ask. Is anyone tired of a pair of barrie-lasted Aldens, size 11d, that they'd want to sell? I'm looking for either longwings or chukkas, and would entertain any reasonable offers.
And while you're at it, I'm still waiting for cinched seersucker. I think I'm going to randomly bring it up in response to your posts sporatically until it happens. I don't think that will get old at all...