Thanks for the replies and advice...all comments were/are very helpful.
OK - so I have had trouble finding the lowas to try. I tried other lowas at rei and was thinking about taking MTshasta's advice and ordering them just to try. I decided if I could find the Kenetreks to try and they fit...I would buy them and be done with it. So I bought them today.
I have been wearing them around the house and am going to take them for a walk at the mall. So far...the left boot fits like a dream and I would say it is close to perfect (maybe a fraction tight in the widest part of my foot). Right foot is not as good. A bit tight in the widest part and I am getting some heel slippage.
I know boots like these do not "break in/give" that much. But - if they stretched even a small amount they might be perfect. Did you guys get any stretch at all out of them? Not sure what to think about the heel slippage (I am getting maybe half an inch). I have heard if the boot mid-sole breaks in and you get a little more give...that the heel slippage can improve and go away. They are new and stiff and the heel slips a bit because it has nowhere to go. Any thoughts?
Unfortunately the 'wide', would likely be too wide and it would be onto the next boot. Thanks guys...