That I did not do but was told by the salesman that there is good chance my left foot would be bigger than the right hence why the pain... Wasn't sure if that was sales talk! The Cheaneys are a size 7, my C&J's are a 6.5, both fit well but the soles of my feet are still sore from walking around in the Cheaneys and my Boss shoes.
Why the sore feet in my dress shoes?? - Page 2
I don't know the particular salesman, but their job is to sell, not to inform.
If you could be more specific about the type of discomfort, and where exactly you get it, then I think some of the experienced members here can help you out.
I'd say the ball of my feet is where they're most painful but also feel pain around the toes too which is kinda close to the ball region.
I personally don't experience this specific problem, so unfortunately I can't feel your pain. Maybe someone qualified can comment?
All I can do is regurgitate the importance of fitting the shoe to the ball, rather than the toes. If it's both the ball and toes hurting, then it could be a case of the shoe's widest part not aligning with your foot's widest. Then again, it could just be a case of cheap, thin insoles. Higher quality shoes tend to use thikcer insoles made of real leather. Real, quality insole leather molds to the shape of your feet over time, which will not happen in cheaper shoes.
Most people have one foot larger than the other. Sometimes the left is the larger. Sometimes the right.
Even aside from overall size, the two feet needn't be mirror images of each other. They can vary dimensionally in all sorts of ways.
And not only do feet tend to expand over the course of the day (which means your feet can measure larger if they're measured in late afternoon, than if they're measured in the morning), but one of your feet may expand more than the other - or in different ways than the other - during the course of the day.
Now, I'm not telling you that if your right foot measure 9D at 10am, that it'll be a 13EEE at dinnertime. Nor that your left foot will be a 6.5AA. But a half size or slightly more variance, one letter grade in width, a fraction of an inch in some other way, etc., are all entirely plausible and really quite commonplace. And such seemingly minor differences can spell the difference between a comfortable shoe, and foot pain.
And, of course, some shoes just don't match up well with some feet. Same way that no matter what size a suit is, it may simply not be a good fit for one's overall physique.
Various types of casual footwear may let one get away with a mediocre fit, with no great problem. Dress shoes tend to be more critical this way. It's sort of how you might be able to wear a sweat shirt that's not a great fit for you, but when it comes to a dress shirt, proper fit is more critical if you want to be comfortable.