Also, park aves tend to run narrow.
I've never had the opening of shoes blow out like that, so can only guess you sized way too small...
907. Such a nice shine, but, make sure you fit these in person, don't want these to fit to snug. I have a pair and felt great in the store but later wished I went up a half size. The cap toe pattern in cordovan has a pretty strong break behind the cap toe so you need a little room in there to avoid any pinching. One of my favorites though.
if you want alden, get shell...my wedding was the occasion for my first pair of aldens! and then more followed.
I'm a 9C on Barrie/Grant, and I got the Kent Wang balmorals for my wedding in a 9. Especially with thin socks, my perfect size would actually have been an 8.5. Great shoes, shined up beautifully, and they are much more formal and elegant than the Alden offering (and perfectly appropriate to wear with a tuxedo). If you are still leaning toward the Aldens, consider that the cap toe 907s aren't technically suitable for formalwear.