Originally Posted by dnarnya
How should casual athletic inspired shoes fit?
Usually I have been buying shoes that fit without much if any extra room in the toe box because I hate the feeling of a sloppy shoe -- I wanted to avoid the Ronald McDonald clown shoe thing... but for some reason I happened to measure my feet and one foot is like almost a half inch larger than the other and it made me look into foot problems and everywhere on the web there is like this copy/pasted rule list of how a shoe should fit. Anyways, they all said that there should be like 1/2 inch of room above the top of the big toe... but frankly this seems like a lot to me...
So what's better, a snugly fit shoe or a shoe with a bit of room that possibly requires a Dr. Scholls gel/whatever insert?
With my latest purchase I am between sizes and it is killingggg me!
I think that when you walk, your foot spreads out, so the 1/2 inch is to account for this. If your foot fits snugly to the end of the shoe at rest, then when you walk, your toe will rub against the end of the shoe and 1. wear a hole 2. cause foot problems.
And as for the inserts...you answered your own question. If it's slightly too big, try an insert and see if that works. If that doesn't work, return it. If it fits and is comfortable, they have a phrase for that. If the shoe fits...