Ready to Wear (RTW) is a term used to describe shoes manufactured for the general public, using a (somewhat) standardized measurement method, and produced in quantity.   Over 90% of the shoes sold in the world are RTW. The general rule is to buy your shoes to fit the length of the longer foot, and the width of the thicker foot.   This almost guarantees you will never find a perfect fitting pair of shoes unless you go bespoke (custom made). When walking, the foot first gets driven into the heel cup, then as you step forward the foot slides forward (ever so slightly – if the shoe fits properly) to place the ball of the foot into the curvature designed for it. If the shoe is too long the foot will have to slide farther to allow the ball of the foot to press down where it needs to.  This will also cause the heel of the foot to come too far out of the heel cup of the shoe and rub against the heel counter (causing blisters, and possibly other issues).
The more common problem in men’s shoes is that they are slightly too big (on one foot, or both), which can be addressed (to some degree) with inserts and pads.

The most common insert is the removable rubber insole that you can find at most department stores.  This is also probably one of the least effective ways of making a shoe fit properly. While pressing the instep into the tongue or vamp may be a desired effect to make the shoe feel tighter, it caused the heel of the foot to rest higher against the heel counter which can again cause blisters and other issues, as well as impacting the proper motion of the foot. One of the better solutions for a shoe that is too big is to use a tongue pad.  A tongue pad is a triangle shaped cotton pad with adhesive on one side to stick to the underside of the tongue (or vamp) of the shoe to add more girth inside the shoe. This helps the fit of the shoe because it pushes the foot down into the insole and the heel cup.  The downside is that your socks won’t slide quite as well into your shoe with the cotton pad there, and it takes a while to remove the adhesive residue if you remove the pad.
A tongue pad will not solve the problem of a shoe being too long, but it creates a better fit than the other solutions.

I wasn't getting much heel slippage this afternoon, but after walking in the shoes tonight, I am getting heel slippage again. The fulls and tongue pads have served me well to get a good fit on a shoe that is too big for me.

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