Many misconseptions about what space you “should” have in front of your toes in shoes are spread and believed in. Here I go through the actual facts on the topic.
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One of the most common unusual fit problems, to use a complicated expression, is that the shoes pinch on top of the big toes when walking in them. A not always permanent problem, thankfully, about why this is the case and about why and how to avoid the problem if it stays, is what today’s article is about.
Loafers are, as most know, always more difficult to get a good fit on, since you have no opportunity to easily adjust the way they fit with laces or buckles. Most common is that they slip at the heel, for this a simple self-adhesive tongue pad is an excellent solution.
You often talk about the possibilities of getting a better fit with bespoke shoes, versus RTW shoes made on generic lasts. Another interesting part is the great possibilities of adjusting the fit of a bespoke shoe later on, since they basically always have both toe and heel stiffeners in real leather, and then the personal lasts that can easily be modified. The shoes above are my first bespoke pair from Gaziano & Girling, which I just got back after having this done.
It’s quite common that people in some shoes experience a certain discomfort over the foot’s instep, under the tongue. It can be hard to understand what it’s all about, but it’s often due to a relatively thin tongue, which makes the lacing push through and becomes “sharp” for the foot. Here’s how to correct the problem.
I often get questions from people who choose between two sizes in a pair of shoes, one is a bit tight and the other is slightly spacious. As a rule of thumb, I always answer that they should go on the larger size. Here I explain why.