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A weird shoe problem

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Hi all,

 

I bought two pairs of dress shoes with proper leather soles for the first time ever, a couple of months ago - a Church's Consul and Barker Nevis. I have very much enjoyed their feel and felt good about coming to the office ever since but have a quite weird problem. Each of the Consul and Nevis seems to hurt a particular, different location in my feet, which I know is normal and part of a shoe breaking in, but not each time I wear them! On some days, the shoes don't hurt at all but do so on others! I'm wearing the Consul as I write and it feels as if it was a bespoke pair; however, when I last wore it on the 10th, a point on my left big toe hurt a bit after about 4 hours of use (I wear them for circa 13 hours each day).

 

As has been recommended, I alternate the shoes, leaving them in cedar shoe trees for at least a day.

 

Could someone advise me if I've been doing something wrong, or if you've experienced or heard a similar problem? Or is there a glitch with my feet themselves? :)

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Thanks in advance

post #2 of 5
Of course, the size of your feet can change during the day, particular if your feet are fleshy (as opposed to bony). They can swell in hot climate and also at the end of the day, having been enclosed for hours in a worm and humid environment (shoes).

Are you wearing your shoes with socks of a similar weight/thickness? If the shoes fit nicely with fine dress socks, they will be tight when worn with heavy sport socks.
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Yes, my feet are fleshy and from the way the pains crop up and go away, it probably is due to periodic swelling. I work in a climate-controlled office all year round and so I think the swelling has got something to do with the nature of my feet than the Wx.

 

I only wear cotton-rich M&S socks which aren't too thick and fit well with my shoes.

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Each of the Consul and Nevis seems to hurt a particular, different location in my feet, which I know is normal and part of a shoe breaking in

No, it is not normal for shoes to cause you pain as they "break in." Typically, properly fitted shoes are comfortable right from the start. If they cause you pain at the start, it's quite possible they'll always cause you pain.

Moreover, you say you bought the shoes in question months ago. And it sounds like you've worn them multiple times since then, for most of the day each time. If they haven't broken in by now, don't count on them breaking in.

Maybe the shoes just aren't a good match to your feet. This isn't an uncommon situation, particularly if your feet are, as indicated, "fleshy." It doesn't mean there's "a glitch with your feet." Just that not all shoes are a good match for all feet. Could be that the shape of their last, or some other aspect of their design and construction, just don't go well with your feet.

Or maybe you purchased the wrong size - and did you pay attention to width, as well as length? Many men have no idea what width shoes they should wear, and blithely assume their feet are medium width. Lots of these men are wrong. For that matter, many men don't really know what size (non-width) shoes their feet are - they just figure that since they were a size 10 when their feet "stopped growing" in 11th grade, that they're still a size 10, even though high school was 20 years ago.

Often, sneakers and casual footwear are less "fit critical" than are dress shoes, when it comes to proper size. (No, not always. I devote considerable effort to getting the best possible fit from my running shoes, for example. But often.) You can maybe get away with the size being slightly off when it comes to your Nikes. But with dress shoes, it's often more important to get the size exactly right. You indicate that these were your first ever "real" shoes. So I bring up this point.

bengal-stripe is correct about feet changing over the course of a day. It's very common for feet to swell considerably between the time you get up in the morning, and the time you get home in the evening. This is one reason why it's often preferable to shop for shoes at the end of the day, when your feet are at their size maximum, and not early in the day, when they're at their smallest. (Other factors - time of year, weight, fluid retention, etc., can also impact foot size. But time of day is perhaps the most obvious such influence.)
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post


No, it is not normal for shoes to cause you pain as they "break in." Typically, properly fitted shoes are comfortable right from the start. If they cause you pain at the start, it's quite possible they'll always cause you pain.

Moreover, you say you bought the shoes in question months ago. And it sounds like you've worn them multiple times since then, for most of the day each time. If they haven't broken in by now, don't count on them breaking in.

Maybe the shoes just aren't a good match to your feet. This isn't an uncommon situation, particularly if your feet are, as indicated, "fleshy." It doesn't mean there's "a glitch with your feet." Just that not all shoes are a good match for all feet. Could be that the shape of their last, or some other aspect of their design and construction, just don't go well with your feet.

Or maybe you purchased the wrong size - and did you pay attention to width, as well as length? Many men have no idea what width shoes they should wear, and blithely assume their feet are medium width. Lots of these men are wrong. For that matter, many men don't really know what size (non-width) shoes their feet are - they just figure that since they were a size 10 when their feet "stopped growing" in 11th grade, that they're still a size 10, even though high school was 20 years ago.

Often, sneakers and casual footwear are less "fit critical" than are dress shoes, when it comes to proper size. (No, not always. I devote considerable effort to getting the best possible fit from my running shoes, for example. But often.) You can maybe get away with the size being slightly off when it comes to your Nikes. But with dress shoes, it's often more important to get the size exactly right. You indicate that these were your first ever "real" shoes. So I bring up this point.

bengal-stripe is correct about feet changing over the course of a day. It's very common for feet to swell considerably between the time you get up in the morning, and the time you get home in the evening. This is one reason why it's often preferable to shop for shoes at the end of the day, when your feet are at their size maximum, and not early in the day, when they're at their smallest. (Other factors - time of year, weight, fluid retention, etc., can also impact foot size. But time of day is perhaps the most obvious such influence.)

 

Thanks for that.

 

I've to buy online since aside of Clarks, English shoes aren't really available where I live - and my two 8.5 UK Clarks (Dorset Boss and Bilton Forge) of medium width fit comfortably. I think you're right about the shape of the last; that's what's the likely problem.

 

UPS will, in 48 hours, be delivering a UK 8.5 C&J Connaught. I hope to hell that that pair fits without too much hassle.

 

Btw, I'm wearing the Nevis today and it's most comfortable, as was the Consul for all of y'day! You probably now realize why I termed my problem 'weird' :)

 

Is it sensible to buy UK 9 hereafter, or would there be problems of larger shoes tending to slip off my feet?

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