Another difficult sizing question:
9C Van & 9D Aberdeen fit like a glove all around.
Tried on a 9D Hampton today, and it seems like it will work, but it didn't fit like a glove all around. Seemed like there was a little space, but not sloppy. Ralph at Alden Madison said if I went 9C it would be killing me.
I didn't have a chance to try on any other size. He measured me with the brannock and I told him my size in the other lasts, and he just brought the 9D.
Not sure if I should attribute the the inferior fit to the shape of the last not being as conducive to the shape of my feet, or if there is a better size for me. Also, the Van and Aberdeen are slip-ons, while the Hampton is a lace up. FWIW I walked around the city all day in some J&M Balmores that are a half size bigger and fit a little looser, and they didn't bother me.
Also was wearing VERY thin dress socks, they may have been more snug with dress sock of normal thickness.
The Hampton was not as narrow as I would have expected. When I put on the 9Ds I thought they were 9.5Ds, and when he said they were 9s I thought 9E.
Anyone have any constructive thoughts on this? Should I just go with 9D?
Not sure what else I can do as I don't think I'll have a chance to try on any other sizes without buying a pair first.
go with the 9D and wear merino wool socks. the aberdeen last and the hampton last are usually in sync