Ultimately, you should keep them if they feel right for you.
Im somewhere in the middle of an US8 and a US9 and a have slightly wide feet. The way my feet are shaped makes it so that i wear a 41 in common projects with a little room in the front just like the picture you posted. It doesn't...
These look legit to me.
i think the boldness / texture of the gold text might have changed over the years. The thickness of the heel patch is due to heel drag taking away material on your old pair.
I think the rest of the issues you addressed are simply manufacturing variations which is quite...
I think someone said this on here before but a good rule of thumb for Bballs, if the model number starts with 1 (eg.1842) go one size down from achilles, if the model number starts with 2 (eg.2155) go with your achilles size.
Im a true 8.5 in nike / adidas, had one pair of achilles in 40 which was too tight in the width, went to 41 and although there is a little room in the toe, they fit great. if you are really a half size bigger than me i wouldn't recommend going with a 40 at all.
I also have a little room in my...