So this is how it goes. So simple.
Grab some pipe insulation, and just start hacking away at it to make it fit inside the shoe, to pad it instead of using cotton balls.
Then shove it in there. Test with your child to make sure it fits and looks right.
Then put the shoe pad over it so it feels comfortable.
Little Bun walks a little awkwardly because the shoe IS too long for his foot, and has extra length he doesn’t feel / is not used to, but he is learning and the shoe fits when he is walking, he just needs to learn how to lift his foot properly.
Savings? Like $400 a year by my estimates. He grows SO QUICKLY.