Vans are far from wider. They were my go to time and again for narrow boots. BFB, Cirro, and the Andreas. Like I said above, good for narrow ankles.
If you say so. I've had a new pair of boots every season for the past 6 years. Every pre-season I go to 3-4 local shops and try on everything in the medium and stiff categories. Brand new models/brands, old models (just in case anything changed) and in +/- 1/2 sizes. I'm referring to width of the toebox though, not the heel.
16 Gnu Swallow Tail Carver . 16 NS West . 15 NS Snowtrooper BIA
16 Burton Genesis X . 15 Now Drive
16 Flow Talon . 14 Flow Hylite