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A Guide: Shoes for Flatter Feet, Narrow Heels, etc.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by david3558, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. Louis XIV

    Louis XIV Senior member

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    First time I hear of the Brannock sizing device.
    Have to find a store in Germany which has one of those and am curious what my measurements are.
    At some of my shoes like the Cheaney FS029 aka 'The Styleforvm boot' the leather has spare space "ontop" my feet and falls in deep wrinkles which doesn't look nice eventhough I already have medical insoles to work against my flat foot.
    Maybe I can prevent the problem in the future if I get to know more about my feet and am thus able to pick the right lasts/styles of shoes.
     


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    orly, i didn't know that.
     


  3. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    you're welcome.
     


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    jammyo40 Well-Known Member

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    aware me
     


  5. philosophe

    philosophe Senior member

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    Moulded has shoes for every type of foot. Their inventory is astounding. Definitely visit next time you're in NYC.
     


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    fritzl Senior member

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    i always thought the U.S.A is the country of unlimited possibilities. the land of the free, the home of the brave.
     


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    After trying barrie, trubalance, and hampton, I've found modified is the best fitting alden last for the narrow heel/flat arched foot, providing you can deal with the higher arch. I haven't had much luck in the 1,5, or 7 lasts from AE. 5 last seems to be the closest fit out of those.

    3/4 insoles with arch support help support the arch, which will help bring it up to normal instep height. Tongue pads help quite a bit too. I've tried quite a few 3/4 insoles, and prefer powerstep and superfeet (the full length black with the toes trimmed off). I'm going to try the birkenstock insole soon, lots of people seem to recommend that as well.

    I think flat feet/pronation generally tend to cause the pinky toe to splay out, which can also be problematic. Wood shoe stretchers with the bunion attachment can help widen the toe box. The only stretcher that seems to fit in a dress/work boot is made out of aluminum and quite costly. It might be better to take boots to the cobbler for toe box stretching. That said, they only go so far. I've learned how to make the go/no go call on pinky toe tightness with some experience.
     


  8. Louis XIV

    Louis XIV Senior member

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    Any new information over here?
    I have a pair of Vass F last on the way to me and will report back if it works for feet with a low volume forefoot like mine.
     
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  9. easy_golfing

    easy_golfing Senior member

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    This. I never could figure out why my pinky toe always feels pressed upon.

    Are there certain shoes, materials, etc... that are better for flat feet with narrow heels? Boots vs non boots? Calf vs suede vs shell? I usually wear the Superfeet black inserts, but will give the birkenstocks a try.
     


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    Great idea for a thread. I have a low arch + low instep = low volume foot and I often end up with acres of empty space below the vamp. Not only does this not look good (facings meet) but it also gets uncomfortable. However, I don't have a particularly narrow foot (UK E) so choosing a C or D to reduce the volume is not an option.

    So far I have purchased two pairs of Cleverleys on what I suspect are the C&J 337 and 348 lasts (not confirmed with them) and a pair of Lobb Chambords on the 8695 last. All are beautiful but none of them fit and I'll probably have to sell them.

    Better fits are my Grenson Masterpieces on the 17 last and a pair of as-yet unidentified New & Lingwood wholecuts. I have also tried on the EG 88 last in Foster & Son which was the best fit of them all: snug in the vamp and a high and supportive arch. However, I couldn't justify the £500 price tag.
     


  11. easy_golfing

    easy_golfing Senior member

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    ^ have you tried inserts? They don't fix the problem 100% but help in resolving some issues to an extent - filling the volume of the shoe, less space under the vamp, raising the arch, etc...

    I use the full length black Superfeet and although they don't resolve the pronation 100%, they are better than nothing.
     


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    Yes, I tried 3/4 leather insoles (Pedag Holiday) but they didn't do enough. I was considering tongue pads in addition, but then I decided this was too much messing around and I'd be better off buying shoes that actually fit me. Also didn't like the idea of spending big money (for me) on elegant shoes and then sticking a fluffy white felt pad on them!

    Expensive lesson (the price of inexperience!) but at least I know a bit more about lasts and how a shoe ought to fit now...
     


  13. BubblyMasquerade

    BubblyMasquerade Senior member

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    my feet are completely flat to the ground.

    the most comfortable boots i own are alden indy's.

    i do have custom orthotics though.

    its still hard to wear dress shoes though because the orthotic pushes my foot to high up and my heel slips out the back of the shoe. I suppose I can get dress orthotics that are slimmer. Any thoughts on how to fix this issue?
     


  14. Distorbiant

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    Great thread. I hate the dreaded "mid-foot bulge" that flat feet give when wearing shoes. There's nothing more soul crushing than getting a brand new pair of shoes, trying them on, and looking down only to see them bulging out like pancakes.
     


  15. easy_golfing

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    Do you stick to boots mostly?
     


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