Hello all, I'm a newbie here. Looking to buy some nice boots and after trying Aldens (at moulded, anatomica and epaulet), Carminas and Trickers, I've decided that Trickers have the right combination of quality and workmanship, and a hip look. Want something that CAN be dressy, but can also be a bit rock n roll. Tried on these today at Graham Fowler in NYC: http://grahamefowler.com/shop/item/mens-trickers-acorn-antique-brogue/ Love them, but I'm concerned about sizing. Tried on an 8.5 and they felt a little tight. They weren't uncomfortable, but just stiff. The sales person said that they would stretch with time. Tried a 9, and they felt perfect. My question is, is it better to go with the 8.5 and deal with a little discomfort for a few weeks until they form to my foot, or should I go with the 9s? I've never had shoes of this quality before, and I want to wear them for a long time, so I want to make sure I get the right ones. Also, will my Allen Edmonds shoe trees be okay for these boots? The trickers ones are $75, and I don't know if I want to drop that much if I can use the Allen Edmonds. Thanks for all your responses!