I am quite frustrated in my shoes search. I have never tried on a pair of quality dress shoes that do not hurt--not even once.
I recently tried on every pair of good-looking (to me) quality brown dress Oxfords in multiple sizes at seven or eight stores in Atlanta (Saks, Sid Mashburn, Macy's, etc.). The worst parts were that not one store had multiple widths and everyone working there just pretended to know things.
I gave up and researched online for many days to find many options for shoes I liked, but I had no way of knowing how they would fit, of course. Most of these shoes wer not offered at any stores nearby, anyway. I did have someone that AE recommended measure my foot, but that was just to get a number (not to consider an appropriate last for comfort), and I think that number was even wrong. Of course, they lied (like every other salesperson) and said that the shoes would get more comfortable.
I ended up buying a less painful pair. They are beautiful walnut AE Cornwallis shoes, but they still hurt my feet. I can sit in my office all day, but when I have to walk 400 meters to teach a class in another building, I have to be very careful how I step or I will be in pain.
How can I go about finding shoes that fit? You all seem to be great at this, but I literally have never tried on one pair that did not hurt, and it makes me want to just give up on the process. I am in the market for some loafers now, and I do not know if I should just order lots of shoes online, try them on, and return (almost) all of them or go back to stores (Atlanta or Charlotte areas) and try on every pair of loafers. I would love to walk into a London shoe shop and talk with someone who could help me figure out a last to match my foot, but I live in a little country town in the US.
Please help me.
Note: I do have one foot anomaly (my right big toe joint was smashed slightly outward and is arthritic), but both feet always hurt in every pair of shoes I try.
Edited by DrRandy - 2/22/16 at 2:51pm