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Nov 29, 2010
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EDIT: apologies, on mobile and accidentally submitted thread prematurely and can’t seem to edit title.

I got a great deal on these Peal & Co/ C&Js but am slightly concerned that there is too much volume for my flat foot. Understanding I could likely get a tongue pad or insert to take up more space, ideally don’t want to keep shoes that “don’t fit”. They are quite comfortable right now but as you can see in the one photo, there is a bit of excess leather on the mid foot. My question is will this get much worse once the shoe breaks in or is this an acceptable amount of excess space.


Phileas Fogg

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Feb 9, 2020
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The first sign that there’s too much volume to fill is the lace closures. The quarters abut one another. There should be some separation.

if you truly have a flat foot and your arch is somewhat collapsed, this could be an issue easily resolved with the inclusion of an OTC orthotic (superfeet or something of the sort). You wouldn’t be the first person who has had to do something like this.

I know you want the shoe to “fit” and I get the sentiment. But for some, it’s not realistic given their feet and the particular last of the shoe. Try an orthotic and wear around the house on carpeting ideally and see how it feels. If there’s any doubt, send it back.

P.S. those are handsome shoes!

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