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I've realised my shoes are too large, suggestions?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Okay,

So having spent much of the past year rather broke, I came into some money and decided to go out and buy a whole new load of clothes.

Included in this were some Barkers tan brogues, size 10.5. Now, I've currently got a pair of Hudsons which are 10.5 and have always bought 10.5 (10s are that bit too small on one foot).

I tried them on during a busy day of shopping and they felt a little stiff to get into even with a shoe horn, but once in they felt fine.

However, having worn them 3 or 4 times since, I've noticed that my feet don't nearly fill them out. They've already started to crease about half an inch-to an inch from the ends, and against my other 10.5s they are quite a bit longer.

In terms of wearing, now they've worn in a little, they aren't painful to wear, but I can tell the creasing, where my toes are will increase quite a bit.

Obviously, I can't take them back now because they're definitely a bit worn.

What do you suggest I do?
post #2 of 21
You should add leather insoles. These will occupy some of the excess room in your Barkers & also keep them comfy.

BTW Barker shoes do tend to run half size larger than most brands.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Funnily enough, just after I posted this I was looking through a bag of stuff my Grandad gave me today (not as presents, just old shoes which he can't wear anymore). He said 'I'm a 10, but you can try them on. There's a brand new pair of Barkers patent loafers - size 10 - they fit perfectly.

I'll know for next time.
I shall buy some leather insoles - are these the sort of things where there are good ones and bad ones, or can I pick up any?
post #4 of 21
Buy new shoes that fit. Donate non-fitting shoes to charity.
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
I'm afraid I can't really afford to donate a pair of shoes that set me back this much, nor can I afford to buy another replacement pair.
post #6 of 21
my brother in law stuffed the front of his shoes with plastic bags. i wouldnt recommend it personally tho. i would say lesson learned and now you know your shoe size.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by francisl View Post

I'm afraid I can't really afford to donate a pair of shoes that set me back this much, nor can I afford to buy another replacement pair.

Some lessons are more expensive than others. My firs marriage for example.
post #8 of 21
Ideally look for some vegetable tanned leather insoles - around £6 -8 for a pair. If you are completely strapped for cash buy cork insoles - no more than £3. Don't buy synthetic insoles at any cost.

The leather will last much longer and offer better air circulation & comfort than the cork.
post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Northampton Novice View Post

Ideally look for some vegetable tanned leather insoles - around £6 -8 for a pair. If you are completely strapped for cash buy cork insoles - no more than £3. Don't buy synthetic insoles at any cost.
The leather will last much longer and offer better air circulation & comfort than the cork.

Thanks for the advice, I'll grab some of the the better ones when I get back into London.
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

my brother in law stuffed the front of his shoes with plastic bags. i wouldnt recommend it personally tho. i would say lesson learned and now you know your shoe size.

half a size can be compensated easily. this is a much more important lesson, imo.
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by fritzl View Post

half a size can be compensated easily. this is a much more important lesson, imo.

Compensate with insoles and/or something else as well?
post #12 of 21
I would suggest that you try a tongue pad. If still too roomy then try an inner sole.
post #13 of 21

two ways: leather (or rubber) insoles, the other being Salvation Army 

post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the advice, shall feedback when I've got the insoles.
post #15 of 21
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Compensate with insoles

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