As meister said somethings wrong. And shoe fitting really isn't a dark art. You've heard th old saying : If the shoe fits - wear it.
The Athletic Foot or Foot locker or ?? (or some similar sounding name) is a good place to go for a fit.
They have a super modern thingo that looks at footprint, interesting in terms of a quick and dirty but not as good as a podiatrist video and exam.
The Athletic Foot place often has student podiatrists as sales people.
They dont seem to mind if you just go in for a fitting. Keep in mind they are for sport shoes and "walkers" and I think USA sizes, but for all that they will use a Brannock and know how to use it.
I always think anyone who cares about their feet should have a basic exam by a podiatrist. They will look at gait, pronation etc and advise on foot health. A good podiatrist should also be able to give you your shoe requirements. Mine specifically recommends against "soft" shoes like Rockports for foot problems. He reckons around 60% of even serious foot problems are caused by ill fitting shoes. Naturally womens feet suffer the most but men will wear too small or too big shoes for years. Just look around you.
As you will have noted blahman wears womens shoes and I would not advise going down that route.Unless like J Edgar Hoover you find it very very relaxing.
Thanks for the tips fxh. Much appreciated.