No way i was going to pay for the gait test. I went to sweatshop. Got it done there and then we looked at some possible shoes. They wanted £100 in store for the shoes so i said i would think about it.
Looked online. Same model, different colour, was £64.99.
I've sent the shoes back yesterday. I decided i would never know for sure until i actually try them in an 8.5. It may transpire that the 8.5 is indeed too small and i will have to deal with a larger 9. It's a pain in terms of postage but at least i will then know for sure that whatever decision I make was the right one.
Will be interesting to see if the 8.5s are too small or not.
It seems most people here have 'some' room in their shoe. Whether mine is too much room is the thing i'm finding difficult to ascertain.
I tried them on again last night for a final decision. It's not like they don't fit. The actual fit is fine. Nice and tight around the ankle. It's just that room at the toe end. That's all that's wrong with them. If I return them for an 8.5 it might get even tighter in terms of all round fit, which would be REALLY tight. All that for just a little less room at the toe end?
I tried my Nike 8.5s on one foot and the Asics on the other. There is absolutely no room in the 8.5s. Toe is right at the end, if not touching. Assuming there isn't that much difference in between Nike and Asics sizing i'm assuming an Asics 8.5 will be equally as close toe wise.
Based on the general all round fit and the extremely tight toe size of my current Nike 8.5s, i'm thinking of sticking to the Asics size 9.
Despite what the company said, i have concerns that dropping a half size may not have ENOUGH toe room and may subsequently ruin the all round fit.
Does that seem a logical conclusion?
Thanks for the advice. I wouldn't know where to go if it weren't for this forum.