I just purchased a new pair of Bauer Vapor 2X's Size 8.5D, I was looking at another pair of Size 8's, actually a lower end model but they felt tight in the back heels. Asked if he had a size larger and they fortunately only had the higher end model (2x's I wound up getting).. He broke out a pair of 8.5's, I liked them despite hating all new skates and the feeling/pain. I wish I would have asked for size 9's or possibly a wider pair (E or EE)... but doubt they would have had them in stock, I should have ordered and waited but I'm impatient.. and I know these skates will be fine in time. Plus he knocked off about 35-40% so I saved close to $100 on them. I know skates at Pro Shop usually just sit for long periods of time and they just want to make the sales.. but I do not regret it. I was wearing a pair of Nike/Bauer Vapor XXXX that a buddy had given to me years ago, they were broken in perfectly, but were pretty worn down. I pretty much killed them in the last year or two... really no support anymore, both feet feel "okay" but the rest of my body takes a toll. After wearing my new pair to a 10u practice last night I couldn't believe how great I felt... besides my left foot, which I had to loosen up 15-20min into practice. I loved my old Vapors, they were a nice "gift" and after wearing Supremes since I was about 14 and just being stubborn with that model for as long as I can remember. I wish I could have purchased a new pair of them but I believe they are discontinued. I looked briefly online, couldn't find my size.. but saw a few pairs still going for $350+. I'm happy with my purchase, after only 2 public skates, a bake, and doing one 10u practice last evening my Right Skate feels about 99% perfect, no pain, feels amazing... Sadly my left foot is still hurting a great deal. I know it's going to take some time but after measuring my feet, my Left foot was .5 inches larger than my right... and is a tad wider/larger all around. I am just wondering if there is anything I can do to help with the Left skate. When I tie them both up tightly you can just tell that the Left one is "tighter" as you can see the foot is wider. So I have to loosen that skate up a bit. It's mainly at the middle-top of my Left foot, basically under the tongue on top, too tight and I get that immediate pain and lose circulation to my toes, and the pain stinks. I highly doubt I would try and return them or look for something else, I got a pretty good deal on these and I think they'll be great. I just wish I could find something to help the Left Tongue a little softer, make it more comfortable on the top of my left foot. I know it will take some time, hard work, sweat, and pain like the old days... but with all the technology out there nowadays who knows. Maybe I will take them back to be baked a 2nd time.. because for now I will only wear them while Coaching and Recreational skating.. I am they will be comfortable soon enough to use for Officiating. Thanks and sorry for the lengthy post and apologies if I posted in the wrong spot... But just seeking any friendly advise from a fellow hockey lover, possibly a freak like me with 1 foot that is larger than the other. In a perfect world I would have went with Size 9's or just ordered and waited for the wider 8.5's in the E or EE size... but it probably wouldn't benefit my Right foot which is 100% fine.