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The half size up was too loose. The size I got fit like glove when I first put them on, but wearing it a whole day felt awful. Heel dug into the back of foot and had to wear a bandage on heel. Felt discomfort in my foot since shoe seemed too tight in the vamp only after a few hours of wear. Something didn't seem right and I didn't think this was a normal break in period so I returned the item.
I really like these shoes. As suggested by other reviews, I went down a half size from what I'd normally buy. The advice was sound. I could have probably gone down a full size but as I sometimes use inserts they ended up fitting perfectly. I too experienced some squeaking but soon realized that it was not from the leather, but from the ball of my foot on the rubber inserts that come with the shoes. So it is basically a non issue since as I stated, I tend to use my own inserts. The quality is high and so is the comfort. There was almost no "break in" period, and after I shined them, they look even better.
I couldn't be happier with them, especially since I got them on sale!
Tried these on at a closeout store, but they didn't have my size in black, just brown. I normally wear a 9.5, but that was too tight, so I ordered a 10 and it fits well. Shoe is very comfortable and looks sharp