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:
Length: 8 (just shy, a 7 3/4 if that were real)
Arch: 9 (and some change)
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!