for anyone else, it's also on the Loake appreciation thread
I've got to tell you that, in my opinion--as someone who has dealt with feet, fit, and lasts for most of his adult life--the advice given in that link is bogus. Period.
Anytime anyone advises downsizing even a half size...for whatever reason...it is as wrongheaded and contrary to all sense and logic as it can possibly get. When you downsize you are shortening the critical Heel to Ball measurement. Whether it apparently works or not...for a particular individual or, more likely, one who isn't at all particular...is immaterial. It is not a fit.
If the forepart of a shoe is too wide for your foot, the answer is a narrower shoe/last, not a shorter one. It comes down to the foot being required to fit the shoe, not the other way around.
Is it a sign of desperation, on the part of manufacturers, to deliberately recommend a misfit rather than address the issue seriously? Nevermind the customers who eagerly embrace their own version of Stockholm Syndrome.
[This is why I hate the Internet and Google Gurus as a source for reliable information.]
Edited by DWFII - 7/14/14 at 6:35am