Forgive me as I'm an EG newcomer and a long time Alden shell guy...But with regard to insoles, I'm under the impression that utilizing them compromises the integrity of the footbed? With Alden's I've always been told to refrain from them because it interferes with the 'molding' process and puts your foots out of alignment of the natural flexpoints of the shoe.
Is that not the case with EG's?
I use them, in fact I'm using them right now, on an 82 last Galway. I don't know how what you describe would happen, but I have no technical knowledge about this. I'm not sure how it makes a difference to the shoe. The insole jsut makes it as if you have a higher volume foot, same as if someone with a higher volume foot were wearing your shoe. Sure it might cause the shoe to flex differently, but that's the case with any two sets of feet.
We're just talking about a thin piece, not like a dr scholl's or anything with it's own arch support. I've ordered the Tacco brand and have been happy with them. Order one size up from the UK size on the Galway.