If they don't fit when you get them, I would recommend aborting and waiting for your correct size. You might get lucky and be surprised that a pair turns up sooner than you would imagine. A sloppy fit can ruin a shoe for me. It will annoy you with every step. What's a few months/years for shoes that can last decades?
Thank you for being, like so many times before, the voice of reason. You and a couple others have encouraged me to remember it's more of a marathon than a sprint. No need to rush headlong into a purchase just to scratch the shell itch. I know that these shoes are more about expressing a more long-term-oriented aesthetic rather than a gotta-have-the-'it'-thing-now, adolescent impulsivity. I will try to keep in mind some of the posts I've encountered on this thread regarding the regrets our fellow Alden collectors have suffered when they've ended up with an ill-fitting shoe following the impulse buy. I truly appreciate your efforts to keep me grounded. I'm assuming Uncle Mac and the other heavy hitters on this thread acquired their deep collections over time.
OTOH, if I should pull the trigger in the midst of a bout of Aldenitis, what time of day is the time that one's feet are most likely at their most full/swollen? I would imagine after a 12 hour workday, but I think I've read that the middle of the day could be that time too.