Just got them in.
To recap, last week I asked for sizing info on #8 LWBs. I'm a 7d on the Indy boot, 7.5d on eh AE #5 last, and 6.5E on C&J 337/348. Not that it really matters, but I measure 8.5b/c on a Brannock (7.75 arch measurement tho).
Of these, the indy boot is actually the least snug and pretty comfy with medium thickness athletic socks. I was actually concerned that a 7d LWB might be too much volume, that perhaps a 7.5c or even 7c would work better.
The verdict? The toebox feels crowded. The rest of the shoe feels great. But this is a crazy stiff shoe and my assessment here feels pretty marginal - if calf and they had some give, I'd probably think they were just about right. My same size Indy boots (well broken in mind you) feel substantially roomier, like a half size up. I haven't laced them up and walked around as there's a big warning label from Shoe Mart not to do so lest I sacrifice my ability to return.
But with just them on my feet with thin dress socks, the heel feels secure. The instep is okay, it seems like if they were laced up the flaps would be pretty close to touching (I have a decent arch with low instep). But I need more toebox.
It looks like I may have access to a 7.5c, does that seem the most reasonable route? The toebox issue is one where a touch more would probably do it, but would probably be okay losing some volume in the rest of the shoe..
Edited by brandall10 - 1/7/14 at 5:08pm