A shoemaker at Colonial Williamsburg told me that a common problem with ordering "wide" sizes is that the makers do not always have the wide lasts needed and simply use a bigger size shoe hoping to deal with the width that way.
It has been my experience with several of even the respected
"premium" shoemakers that I end up with shoes that are 1-3 inches LONGER than where a shoe should end past one's toes.
One told me that Civil War shoes have to be longer than normal so that when the sole bends over time and use, the bending up does not break one's toes.
I can "live with" an inch or two beyond a half inch or inch, but when there are 3-4 inches of shoe beyond my toe, not so much. (Stuffing the space with rags is not what I like to pay the Big Bucks to experience, but that is just me...)
What I had to do was submit a foot tracings that are shrunk a shoe size or two, and fudge the several measurements of my left and right feet- to get a pair of shoes that actually "fit."
Others' mileage will vary...
If the shoe fits, wear it Mess
In gleichem Schritt und Tritt, Curt Schmidt
Not a real Civil War reenactor, I only portray one on boards and fora.
I do not portray a Civil War soldier, I merely interpret one.