I would go with 9 or 9.5, because when you hike, your feet tend to swollen. These boots are true to the real size, no need to break in, extremely comfortable. The return policy is great, yes its free to return or exchange.
Answered on 11/28/2017 12:34:10 AM by Colorado Nomad from Colorado
According to our fit team this item is running true to size. We are currently sold out of the 8.5, so the 9 would be your best bet. Our return and exchange policy can be viewed here: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/exchange-return/
Answered on 11/28/2017 7:00:48 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Sierra Trading Post
I'm also 8 1/2 to sometimes 9 and I ordered an 8 and they were German size 40 which is perfect. I don't have problems with returns, it's not free but check out the details on the site for return info.
Answered on 11/28/2017 8:56:01 AM by gertie from the midwest