I owe you my thanks!! Absent this thread I never would have even considered a size 11, and I'd still be wearing an ill-fitting size 12 or 13.
For other posters: As promised, the rulers are considerably wider than the salomons. (They have that horrible burton lacing system, though, oh well.) Size 11 Ruler Wide boots are at least as wide as the size 12 Salomon Wides.
I've been wearing the Ruler Wides for an hour or two working at my desk; Even with super thin formal cotton dress socks they're pretty damn tight. I have my toes juuuust brushing the front of the liner. When I add a thin wool sock I expect it'll be a bit tighter, and will rapidly pack out to perfect.
Admittedly, based on foot length it's possible I should be in a 10.5. But, well.... those feel REALLY tight (and also much tighter on width than I like; i may have under-measured my foot width.) And since I've been riding pretty darn well for the last 15 years with size 13 boots, going to an 11 is probably all I can handle; even having my toes touch at all is a bit strange, and the 'firm toe pressure' seems like it would drive me nuts.