after some pretty ropey try on experiences with shell chukkas, which seemed to bear little resemblance to
other barrie fits - i would love to try this half size down and one width up theory.
Have you tried an insole in them? I incorrectly sized my first pair of Indys (j.crew version) by getting a 10.5 and even with thick socks, they felt loose. I threw in an insole, and now they fit great. I've gotten 3 more pairs since (2 shells & 1 og brown) all in size 10, and they fit great without an insole.
You as well, Tom! You and your team are all class acts and I look forward to seeing what makeups you have in store for 2014. The real question will be if any of them will be available or already sold??? :)