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Any difference in getting a shoe smaller vs. using an insole?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I just got a new pair of boots in the mail today. I probably could have ordered half a size smaller. However, my insoles make up the difference nicely. Is there any reason to exchange them? Or is all that matters that it fits now? Is there some rule that if the boot would fit in a half a size smaller that I should get it? Thanks.
post #2 of 12
If you're comfortable with the insoles, that's fine. However, I'd check out this company's footwear in a half size smaller if you think that would make a difference. The only folly of depending on insoles to even out the difference in shoes sometimes is that it could make your toe rub up against the top and give you a nice blister. They can also flatten out over time, making the fit looser than it was before. Right now I'm wearing some Vans Old Skool sneakers that fit fine in 12 (they run small, and no 11.5) and they benefit from insoles.
post #3 of 12
If you get the boots ½ size smaller, they will be smaller in every direction: they'll be shorter, narrower from left to right and narrower from top to bottom.

If you just use a pair of soles, you only decrease the height from top to bottom. The length and the width from left to right will not be affected. That might be what you need or maybe it is not. You are wearing the shoes: if they could be a little shorter, you might want to exchange them.

On the other hand, if you now wear the boots with thin socks, but want to use thick hoses occasionally, an insole might be just the right thing. Just take them out when wearing those heavy hand-knitted socks from granny.
post #4 of 12
I find that wearing shoes that are somewhat too long makes me prone to occasional stumbling and scraping and chipping the toes and soles. I feel a bit clumsy in them.
post #5 of 12
Does wearing shoes that are too long increase the odds of getting creases in the toe?
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
I realized I was being an idiot. I got the shoes from Zappos, who offers all the free returns and exchanges and everything. So I just ordered another pair, half a size smaller, will keep the one that fits better, and not have paid a dime to ship either pair either way. Life is good (and so are the shoes, at the price I paid (used to be $398 at Nordstrom, and still over $200 on Bluefly), despite the criticism I got when I first posted them here ).

http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/10292657/c/60.html
post #7 of 12
Insoles never quite solve the problem unless height is the sole (pardon the pun) problem with the shoe and length/width is fine. I think you're doing the right thing to get a smaller pair.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Holdfast
Insoles never quite solve the problem unless height is the sole (pardon the pun) problem with the shoe and length/width is fine. I think you're doing the right thing to get a smaller pair.


Yea, the problem was that they were a touch too long (not a huge problem, because it's a sort of narrow, chizzled toe) and the heel was too big on the left one. I was still rubbing up and down on the left heel with the insole, and figured that would ruin the shoe eventually. So the others should work better.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by DGP
I realized I was being an idiot. I got the shoes from Zappos, who offers all the free returns and exchanges and everything. So I just ordered another pair, half a size smaller, will keep the one that fits better, and not have paid a dime to ship either pair either way. Life is good (and so are the shoes, at the price I paid (used to be $398 at Nordstrom, and still over $200 on Bluefly), despite the criticism I got when I first posted them here ).

http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/10292657/c/60.html
How's the leather? I'm actually tempted at that price. And how square is the toe?
post #10 of 12
One thing I will say in favor of insoles is, they help keep your feet warm in the winter.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by j
How's the leather? I'm actually tempted at that price. And how square is the toe?


The leather is pretty good. Not quite as good as some of Bruno's dress shoes, but not bad at all for the price. Considering that is the going rate for Cole Haans and some Kenneth Coles, it's pretty good. The toe isn't square at all, IDK what that reviewer was talking about. It's a chizzled toe. He probably just said square because it isn't round. It is hardly a square toed shoe. If leather quality if your primary concern, then I'd say the price is just right. If style and name are important to you (as I admit, they are to me) then this is a great price. Also, the sole is rubber, so it could be hard to replace if you plan to wear them hard. However, the beauty of Zappos is that you can try it risk free. (I would also tell your contact at Bluefly that Zappos has them beat on price, with a wider range of sizes).
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by j
How's the leather? I'm actually tempted at that price. And how square is the toe?


The price just went down $22. I called and got an immediate price match, which will automatically be credited to me. But, at $159.95, and free shipping both ways, it would be hard to not try them.
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