A truly excellent article - one that i will need reread again to absorb all of the great info contained in it. Kudos to Will and Janet.
one thought that i'd like some feedback on, regarding...
>>"Many experienced snow travelers have dedicated shoes that are one to one and a half sizes larger than their normal shoe size. It’s very important that winter footwear fits loose so it doesn’t restrict circulation. A snug fit may be ok, but you should be able to wiggle your toes within your shoes."
Whether it's a function of the shoe's/boot's "Last" or of the "Sole", or a function of both combined, most footwear is designed to flex at or around the "ball of the foot". I found out years ago when my foot was properly measured by a Red Wings Shoe store manager, that i was wearing the wrong size shoes - typically 1/2 to a full size too small, depending upon the shoe. I was told that the proper way to measure not just my foot, but anyone's foot was from the heel to the ball of the foot, NOT to the end of the toes. See, my toes are particularly short/stubby and my arches are very, very high (so high i was almost disqualified from military service during the draft years in the early 70's). So,...
based upon that measurement, viz. to the ball of my foot, i should take a larger size. The reason was that the ball of my foot should be located on or near the area that the shoe/boot was intended to flex at when "stepping off" while walking. The footwear is intended/designed to flex there and may be stiffer elsewhere along its length - both in front of and behind the intended flex zone.
So, what's all this got to do with the above quote from the article. Here's what i'm thinking and would like f/b on. I think that since ROOM is not just required in front of the toes, but all around (to some degree - yeah, we could lace looser, but, particularly in my case with higher arches - less room for that) that shoes might fit better if only 1/2 size larger (instead of a full to 1-1/2 sizes larger) AND A WIDER WIDTH which would accomplish at least four things to my way of thinking:
1) still give more room in front of the toes and to the sides of the toes
2) give more room on the side of the feet (and heel??? will the heel slip???) since more sock(s) thickness is there too due to layers
3) give sufficient room above the instep/longitudinal arch area for proper lacing
4) KEEP the ball of the foot IN/NEAR the PROPER FLEX AREA of the shoe/boot.
In many/most cases (depending upon one's specific foot) would this +1/2 size, +width solution be preferable to +1size or +1-1/2 sizes with only a small increase in width associated with the larger shoe size? Keep in mind this more drastic size change in length (1-full to 1-1/2 sizes) causes the ball of the foot to be misplaced to a possibly less flexible portion of the shoe/boot. Is this as much of an issue as the Red Wings Shoe store manager communicated that it was?
What do y'all think?