I used to squeeze into small shoes all the time when I was young because I was self-conscious about my feet (I wear a US 9.5). Now, I never do it. I can't stand painful shoes.
I agree. If the shoe doesn't fit, then just move on and find another one to obsesses over. I know "beauty is pain", but I'm not going to teeter down the street and risk problems to my feet for it.I think it is foolish and painful to attempt to wear shoes several sizes too small.