- Apr 24, 2018
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The answer to the first two question is "The same". At least for this category of footwear. Well made fully lined Goodyear welted shoes are very structured shoes and are not going to stretch over time. Will the leathers soften and form to your foot? Sure, but you should not purchase a shoe thinking it is going to change to any real degree with regard to fit.So...
Thanks for taking the time to read this and offer feedback/opinions.
- How the heck should lace-up shoes actually fit when new?
- How the heck should lace-up shoes actually fit when broken-in?
- Should I assume that I will need heel or tongue pads in some shoes to make them fit better?
- Do I need to get rid of all my shoes again (thankfully only 7 pair) and get new ones that fit better or can they be saved because some are very close?
If you're buying a moccasin constructed handsewn shoe, yes, you'd want that shoe to fit comfortably snug because it will absolutely slowly stretch and keep stretching. Goodyear welted shoes don't do that. Purchase GYW shoes so they fit great at the fitting stool, because that's how they're going to fit for the life of the shoe, only they'll get better as the leathers soften. But the fit shouldn't change to any great degree over time.
You should only need tongue pads, etc. if you simply can't get the perfect fit with a particular last, size, etc. Sometimes it's just not meant to be fit-wise, so if you still want that particular shoe then you may have to add an innersole or tongue pad perhaps. But that's not ideal.
As another commenter mentioned, be sure you're paying attention to heel to ball measurement, and less to heel/toe measurement. This is the best way to ensure a positive experience with the shoes.