Hi! Long time reader, first post though. Great forum!
Like the title says, I have narrow heels, narrow feet, but am quite wide over the toes. I also wear at least a US size 12 even though I'm not even 6 feet tall, and of course I have skinny lower legs so shoes tend to look clumsily huge on me.
For this reason I don't really want to size up to a 13 if I can avoid it. Anyway, even narrow lasts like the C&J 348 isn't that narrow in the heel department. So if I wear narrow shoes my toes get squashed but they still tend to feel and look like clogs in the heel.
(I wore two pairs of Hallams for over a year, and sure, they widened somewhat with use, but not that much in the toe box)
And by the way, C&J and Loakes are the only brands that are available in bricks and mortar stores where I live, so I hardly know anything about other brands.
Wide derbies or similar is basicly unwearable for me, they won't stay on my feet and they look absolutely ridiculous.
My toes has gotten quite deformed over the years, with both the, uh, pinky and ring toes ?? curving in under the rest of the toes, and often getting sore.
So, the question:
Surely, somewhere there must be some decent looking quality shoes made with a last that has a narrow heel and a wider toe box?
Or do I have to wear ugly shoes until I can afford to go full bespoke?
I am quite liberal when it comes to the definition of "quality" and "decent looking".
(Btw, things that didn't work:
Shoe stretchers (bought quality pair made from beech and steel, still doesn't work)
Wearing a larger size (13s already looks and feels like skis and would make me trip)
Padding a larger size (looks silly with the amount that is necessary)
Buying low quality mass produced shoes (same wide heel, narrow toebox problem really)
"Orthopedically shaped" shoes like the Vivobarefoot Gobi "desert boot" (to ugly, and has an extremely wide heel) - although I'm seriously considering this as least as a temporary solution
Surgery (ok that would probably work but I don't want to)
Duck boots (sadly they are not what they sound like)
Sandals (live up north, and anyway they are usually out of place in the summer
Vibram five fingers (yeah right!)
I did search the forum and came across a couple of similar threads, but sadly, well-fitting shoes seem very elusive us duckies. I guess the cheaper MTM options are the only option)
Edited by bluebeans - 3/22/13 at 9:41am