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Ok, but not as good as they used to be.
on March 5, 2016
I wear Sz. 9 in most shoes/sneaks; and as the Wallabees used to run large, I had purchased the 8.5 Wallabee (Maple Tan Suede) 2 years ago, and they fit great...enough room to replace the existing cushioned insole with a thick orthotic in one shoe with room to spare. So I ordered another sz 8.5D this time in brown suede, but they've changed significantly. First, the sizing is quite different. An 8.5 was too snug even w/o the orthotic. Second, Clarks no longer uses the cushioned / removable footbed.. just a small and thin 1/2 sole covering just the rear half of the otherwise flat insole. So the shoes are immediately less "cushy", really have no arch support; though if you buy your normal size there may be just enough room to add an aftermarket insole.. A few other noticeable differences: a taller/stiffer heel counter (which may be good or not), stitching is coarser then before, etc.
I returned the size 8.5 ; and tried on a size 9 elsewhere...it probably would work but is still less roomy than the 8.5 from a year or two ago. SO...whatever you've read about these running large...that's no longer true. I'm personally disappointed in general about the somewhat lowered quality in this boot, which used to be my favorite, and which is not inexpensive; but to a 1st-time buyer, that might not matter.