Originally Posted by mediahound
Thanks, that helps a bit I guess.
Want an honest answer? No matter what anyone tells you on this forum you will not know how each really fits your foot until you actually have the shoes on your feet. That sizing chart is a very good rule of thumb, however, your size is going to also vary depending on arch height, heel width, toe length, etc., etc.
So your options?
1) Buy from a store with a good return policy. If not, just be prepared to lose hundreds of dollars on sizing errors (which is not uncommon around here).
2) Keep an eye on eBay for deals, so if the sizing is wrong your losses won't be quite as harsh.
3) Go to a store with a large selection and spend a few hours trying shoes on to see what works best.
I will also add another frustrating factor; it usually takes multiple wears to determine whether the last actually works on your foot.
And I know some people will be scratching their heads reading this and think I am full of shit, but just ask the guys who have been in the Alden game for a long time and I bet they would generally agree.
Remember, Alden has shoes on different lasts partly because different lasts are made for different feet.
Do some research on Alden. They got their start, and still are in the orthopedic shoe business. They are not a Nike or dare I venture to say Allen Edmonds type manufacturer that produces shoes that will pretty much work on everyones feet. It takes time to find a last that really works for you, but when you do you will be happy for years to come.
Ok, I will get off my high horse now, as it's prime and ready to be turned into some shell, haha.