Same here, brannock is around an 8.25 and my heel is narrow compared to my toe area, not to mention I kind of have a low vamp. I honestly don't know if any of my shoes fit 100% correctly or if I should be in different sizes.
AE 5 last - 8E is probably best (I do own McAllisters in 8.5D and they still ok)
AE 1 last 8E or 8.5D (My Leeds in 8.5D fit better than my Dundees, might need tongue pad as you suggested once they break in)
Alden Barrie - 7.5D (seems pretty good, could be slightly more snug in the heel. toe length and width are good)
Alden Van - Have a 7.5D LHS on the way (Optimistic as it should fit more snug than the Barrie, plus the LHS is lower vamp I have heard)
OSB beefroll - I own a 7.5D but it has a lot of width in the heel and a higher vamp, tongue pad pretty much solved that
RL Lindrick - 8D (this is likely .25 too big, plus has a lot of vamp room, an unlined tongue doesn't help. Small insole and tongue pad are in this one and it fits well now. A 7.5E could possibly be the right size)
I have learned a ton about my own feet in the past year getting into shoes and I think tongue pads are a savior in some shoes. I think my debate would be to sell the cordovan Bayfields as they are kind of a duplicate to the DC captoe or to sell the Lindrick as currently it is my worst fitting shoe. Maybe I will call DC today and see where I might fall on the wait list and decide from there.
Edit: Maybe sell the Bayfield for the Alden DC Cigar Captoe and sell the RL Lindrick and try and get a Plaza wingtip from J Gilbert. I think my Alden obsession is in full effect hahaha
Edited by Burzan - 3/19/14 at 6:24am