Originally Posted by fritzl
certainly, a shoe cannot be altered like clothing, but they can be fitted i.e. by a decent cobbler.
half a size in length are 3 mm = 0,008 inch.
Shoes that are too big can be padded out internally (to a certain extend). Question is, whether this is a satisfactory or desirable solution.
It is like a furry lining put into a coat that is too big. It will reduce the internal, but not the external measurements.
Shoes cannot be altered in length, unless they are totally re-lasted.
Don't forget, if a pair of shoes gets bigger in size (without a decrease in width), the shoe will get bigger everywhere: the heel, width and depth.
The widest point of the shoe might well not correspond any longer with the ball of your foot.Good fit gets established in the rear section of the shoe.
Half a size in length, English and American sizes = 1/6 " (4.2 mm)
Half a size in length, continental sizes = 3.3 mm (just over 1/8 ")
If the shoes get remade in the factory, they possibly could use a smaller or narrower last. But only to a certain degree,
otherwise there are problems with the pattern.