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I have large feet, that can be difficult to find the correct size shoe. Typically, I've been wearing size 13, but I have found that I get too many blisters with this size, and I don't have much wiggle room for my toes. I have a pair of size 15s, but they leave a lot of room in the front. I had to get such a large sized shoe so that I didn't rub my pinky toe against the front (My toes are all pretty close to the same length, making me a bit tricky...)

Are there any negative consequences that I am not seeing to wearing shoes that have too much toe room for me?

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Too much toe room is only a problem if you have too much movement in the shoe due to the size. That can cause blisters. If you have to have a bigger toe box, then a larger shoe could be a good solution along with something like a heel lock lace to help prevent excess movement of your foot in the shoe.

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I hiked all of the Pacific Crest Trail (~4000km) and the Continental Divide Trail (~4200km) wearing shoes 1.5 sizes too large and 2-4 widths too wide (i.e. normally size 11.5D but wore 12.5EEEE). The main advantage was no blisters. I sometimes slipped around a bit on weird terrain, but overall did not notice any downside major to this setup.

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I think it depends on how rigid your soles are.

If you're wearing flexible soles, and you need to edge your toes on a ledge, then that gap at the front of your shoe can cause the sole to bend and you would slip. A rigid sole wouldn't have the same problem.

You shouldn't really be moving around all that much in the shoe if it is tightly laced - so if a longer shoe means you're more comfortable width-ways then you should go with it.

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