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Buying shoes for your arch size?

post #1 of 6
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All,

 

I was at my local shoe retailer for the first time yesterday (private non-chain, good local people) and stepped into the Brannock device for the first time since being a child; I've always just done trial and error when buying shoes and landed on a size 8 (based on loose vs. tight, completely ignorant of arch measurements). After having read one of the threads here I was directed to how to use a Brannock device appropriately to determine arch length vs. foot length and wanted to see where I stood. Quick FYI, the Brannock statement indicates you should be for arch length if there's a discrepancy between the two. Results:

 

Left Foot

Length: 8

Arch: 9

Width: D

 

Right Foot

Length: 8 (just shy, a 7 3/4 if that were real)

Arch: 9 (and some change)

Width: D

 

What the...? I talked with the local lady and she said that indicates a higher arch, and while you should technically buy shoes for your arch size, there'd be no way a 9 would fit because of how loose it would be on the rest of the foot... Awesome.

 

So what's the best play when your arch is off that much from the suggested size for the rest of your foot? I got some insoles put into my 1000 mile boots, 2 pair of AEs, and 1 pair of C&Js, will that end up being sufficient to accommodate the higher arch? Any body that has experience with or faces this issue, I'm all ears. Thanks!

post #2 of 6

8 1/2 ?

post #3 of 6
There are three basic options:

Orthotics of some kind
Finding a last or shoe model that works for you
Custom shoes

Where are you? Do you have access to a place like Moulded Shoe in NYC or Boston Pedorthics?
post #4 of 6

Was the width the same when you measured your arch?  My feet measure between 11.5 and 12 length, with a D width, but my arches measure 13 with a C width.  

 

I have a bunch of 13C shoes that fit pretty well.  There is extra room in the toe, but it's not a problem.  I also have a  few pairs of 12D shoes that fit pretty well, too.  I think it's going to be a trial and error thing to find shoes that fit, but I'd double check your width for your arch length first.

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by BrizzleCizzle View Post

Quick FYI, the Brannock statement indicates you should be for arch length if there's a discrepancy between the two.

Last time I looked, the Brannock web page says you should try (or wear) shoes according to the arch lenght if it's larger than the foot length.

However, the first question is: What evidence do they have?
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by Claus View Post

Last time I looked, the Brannock web page says you should try (or wear) shoes according to the arch lenght if it's larger than the foot length.
However, the first question is: What evidence do they have?

This a good question, cause my arch length says I'm a 13 and my toe length says 11.5...

The chances of me actually preferring a size 13 dress shoe are 0. However, this is closer to my athletic shoe size (12.5-13).
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