Originally Posted by Bakes11771
Sorry if I steered you wrong back when you bought them by suggesting the C. Did you ever try on a pair in D? I wonder if the tightness would still be an issue? Or if you would experience heel slip at that width. Maybe the tightness will subside as your foot creates an impression in the the corkbed?
Have posted this before, but once this thread loosens, vamp tightness is no longer a problem for me on my 3 pairs.
First of all, thank you for recalling our exchange about the lhs, which occurred many moons ago. No apology necessary; you were not to blame. If anything, you've only been a kind mentor as I've been learning to navigate the sometimes perplexing world o Alden sizing.
The 9c was not a total train wreck. I only notice the vamp tightness nowadays if I've walked quite a bit during a long day. There is now minimal heel slippage following the cork settling. The shoes remain wearable for sure. I was only saying that I think the 8.5d would have been more ideal. Not having gone with the 8.5 was completely due to my high grade Alden fever at the time (lhs was maybe my 4th or 5th shoe and possibly my first shell; I'm now 17 pairs in thanks to you enablers
I was impulsive and should have taken Kathy up on her gracious offer to ship other sizes to me to confirm the best fit.
Bakes, you were one of the gurus who counseled me to slow down and treat this as a marathon. I didn't get it at first, but now I'm so glad I listen to your sage advice as I no longer experience pains of regret post purchase (eg, I made the mistake of buying not 1 but 2 pairs of AE Larchmonts, ack!)
And thanks for the info about that thread on the lhs!