Originally Posted by CounterStrike
I wore these shoes that hurt pretty bad when I started wearing them, but I've been wearing them every day and now they don't hurt, but I feel like my pinky toes are messed up.
About five years ago, I would buy them and stretch them to fit. Then my pinky toe developed a thick, hard, nasty-looking nail. Doctor gave me the anti-fungal stuff -- did nothing. Finally I realized it was a response to the shoes. Sized up and six months later, the nail was all better. I think the stretch-to-fit advice is BS for this reason. Maybe there is something to it, but I doubt it.
Originally Posted by philosophe
My feet are hard to fit--long and narrow. I visited Moulded Shoe in Manhattan recently (10 E 39th St). One of the partners took one look at my feet and pulled several pairs of specially made Aldens from his stockroom. Each felt like it was custom made for me.He then explained why each shoe was so much more comfortable than anything else I've ever worn. It's all in how the last matches your foot. You might consider checking out the shop.
Not many shoe salesmen like this in the whole country. The last Alden dealer I visited was a moran who gave me very bad fitting advice. In Alden's defense, this guy probably sold four pairs of Aldens a year. Mainly his business today is very old people buying very squishy, marshmellow-like sneakers.