Thanks for the info, guys. I ordered a 9 from Zappos. They've got free ship both ways, so if they don't fit I'm not out any return ship fees. Plus they were actually $10 cheaper than any other place online. I'd try them on in-store, but unfortunately where I live there aren't many shops and the ones we do have don't carry Vans boots. From what I've read they seem like great boots for the price and I like that they have a heat-moldable liner.
good choice...super comfy boots. better than most burtons, 32, and dc boots i've tried.