I guess the point is, it's about comfort at the proper point of your foot and whether you prefer having brand new shoes snug or a little looser.
correct, as long as the ball of the foot naturally lands at the widest without any slipping and the shoe does not alter your gait,
toebox length and slight variation in heel differential can be played with to your sense of comfort.
alot of my shoes have a 1.5-1.75 inch differential between the end of my toes and the end of the toebox.
if my shoes extend out 2 inches i start having problems with my gait.
i think i repeated the above already,
remember the actual back end of your heel bone (which sticks out a little further above than the footprint heel, should be the start or end of your measurement, NOT the footprint heel.
if you are giving a measurement or a drawing of your foot to a bespoke maker do let him know how much further your actual heel bone sticks out; remember that the heel counter of the shoe is where the bone fills in, not the heel silouhuette.
is this correct , bespoke patrons?