I'm trying to gauge the sizing of some shoes. I'm ordering online to save $$ and wanted to see if you guys could give me some general rules of thumb.
Right now I have two sizes that I am trying to decide between. The smaller size fits like a glove in the midfoot, but I am afraid that the toe box is a hair too short for steep downhill sections. The larger size fits very well too, but I feel like I have to tighten the laces a little more than I want to. They both fit well, and if they weren't going to be used for hiking, I would probably go with the 12.
Would an insole be a good option to take out some of the volume of a larger shoe? Are there different lacing techniques that I could use to make either of them work for me? Anything you can tell me is great. Especially if there are general rules of thumb for sizing, like how far your longest toe should be from the end of the toe box.
For reference, I'm using heel-lock loops near the tongue. My heel didn't slip without them, but I figured they would be good in the long run.
And I'm not asking about specific shoes, but rather what techniques you guys use to make your shoes fit well.