Mr Shuman, Â Have you ever considered going with custom made orthotics please? Â You would not be hampered in your choice of shoes to styles or brands specifically with higher arches nor will you have to "retire" your present shoes. Â Due to an inherant problem of my wifes family, I have become most familar with the different offerings in orthotics over the years. ( All the men either require or have had corrective foot Â surgery. Too, it even affects some of the females. Naturally, my daughter was one of the "lucky few". Almost all have worn, or still wear at present, orthotics. This is even after the varying degrees of surgery in many cases) Â With the progress in the overall design and material offerings of todays orthotic inserts, you can get amazingly strong and supportive inserts that have excellent breathability. Â They are extremely light weight.Too, the cost has dropped considerably over the years compared to the increase in strength, comfort and overall durability. Â I have seen firsthand that in a very short period of time, Â the changing the inserts from shoe to shoe becomes second nature. Family members say "the not hurting so badly" is a VERY good incentive and conditioner to form the habit The orthotics are stuctured to your individual foot not the shoe. For the retail cost of only a few pairs of shoes ( depending on your need) you can have custom support in all the shoes you wear. Â The turn around time on the manufacture of the orthotics themswelves can be as little as 7-10 days now, not the 1-2 months as it was when my daughter was young. Â If you only require good arch support the manufacture time may be considerably less. I know of some specialists that design and make their own orthotic inserts for the patients. I even recall reading of a semi-custom orthotic kit one can purchase. You take a mold of your foot in some type of casting compound and ship it to the company. The maker can then build an othotic from the mold. (I recall reading about this a good while back. I have no idea in regard to quaility or cost or turn-around time to receiving the finished product .) Respectfully, Â John G.