Originally Posted by k4lnamja
Obviously, every shoe maker will have different lasts/styles for each shoe. I recently purchased a pair and when I "shove" my foot in all the way in order to have my toes touch the front part of the shoe, there is a small gap near the heels of my feet. Does this mean my shoe is too large? I'm pretty sure it is but I didnt know if this was normal or not.
Why would you shove your foot into a shoe to touch at the toe?
A shoe should not touch the tips of your toes, if it does you will get problems (from ingrowns to amputations if you were perhaps diabetic).
Lasts and styles... Some lasts are shaped like your foot, and some aren't, some styles are shaped like your foot, and some aren't.
You may choose to purchase a shoe that is built on a last that looks nothing like your foot. If you do, you may have extremely poor fit. And that is your choice.
Shoe fit, a shoe should fit from the heel to the ball. That is there is a point in the forefoot of the shoe, that is a certain width, and a certain length from the heel. A shoe that fits will be snug but not tight, around the ball of the foot, while the heel is held securely into the rear of the shoe. The shape of the ball and arch, and heel should fit your foot, again comfortably, but securely.
From the ball of the foot forwards can be an issue, it is entirely possible to have a foot that is an 11.5 overall length, and yet the person's toes are short, and the ball is long. Perhaps the heel to ball is that of a size 12.5, this person should wear the size 12.5, even though the toe will be some what too long in the toe, this person would then be best served purchasing shoes that do not have a long pointed toe, since the toe of the 12.5 was going to be too long anyhow, and will bend funny.
If however that same person had a 11.5 overall, with long toes, and a short heel to ball say size 10, they'd be best fit with a shoe that had a longer toe style, so they could purchase a size 10 shoe and not be crammed into the toe of the shoe.
I would only deviate from fitting heel to ball if there was no way to fit the shoe heel to ball and not the toes. If you do not fit heel to ball then the shoe does not fit PERIOD.
I can go on and on with this. Fitting shoes is an art, if you are purchasing a style of shoe that does not match your foot good luck wearing it.