Originally Posted by Stax
I have six pair of Alden cordovan shoes, all Barre last, all double soled. I wear 9.5D, but there is always a bit of play in the heel when the shoes are brand new. It takes a few days for the double sole to break in and then the shoes always snug up perfectly. If the heels fit snug when they are new, I suspect they might snug up too much as the soles break in. I wonder if that happened in your case?
They slipped a lot in the heels the very first day I wore them but then as you stated, seemed to fit much better the next few times. The day that caused all this pain was probably the 5th or 6th time I'd worn them (although never with that much distance walked in a single day).
I'm probably going to be waiting at least a couple months if not longer to try them again, and need to wait for the inflammation in the heel to go away. It's now starting to bother me even in running shoes when I do my boxing workout, so today I'm going to tape a cotton ball to the heel.
Here's an interesting answer I got from another forum that mentioned this bump on the heel:
Originally Posted by John L
My 'tip over' moment was a long flight last Christmas 2008. Took my dress shoes off of on the flight, my feet swelled up, put the shoes on at LAX, then spent the day walking and I ended up in the same situation with my left foot. Could not wear dress/work shoes for very long, started wearing sandal on left foot to work, that does not go over very well for long. Yes, you can run and work out (I wore 2 pairs of socks and got slightly larger tennis shoes) somewhat pain free, but it will never get better. Sorry to say, once you get it overly aggravated, it is too late. After struggling for another year I finally got the surgery in November - so far so good but the recovery is long. Better to get it done early as the smaller the bump, the less the Achilles is involved. I wish I would have had mine done years ago.