I thought about taking the 8E, but I'm a 9D in the Grant. Kathy told me it wasn't worth it and put me on her list for the next batch. You should give it a whirl. If you're on the east coast, there's a chance the boots could be in your hands tomorrow.
Always glad to enable my fellow Alden wearer!
Indeed I work a few blocks over from Alden DC so it's not a problem to pop in and give them a try. I'll just need to somehow convince my wife that they're worth it if they fit. The whole, "but they last a lifetime" doesn't have much tread left. She reminds me that I now have enough shoes for several lifetimes.