good shoes for wide feet and high arches?

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  1. Ennius

    Ennius Senior member

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    Hi all,

    I have both wide feet and high arches and have some trouble getting shoes to fit. Thus I am looking for suggestions on shoe makers that work well for wide feet and still have style.

    I have found that in AE's MacNeil a EEE works and the MacTavish E works, too.

    Do I need to learn which lasts work for me with several decent shoe makers? Any suggestions on makers/lasts? I would like to find an Alden last that works - I was planning to get their longwings but dont want to buy a shoe that doesnt work for me.

    Thanks
     
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    Rambo Senior member

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    Its a complete fucking crap shoot. I have an extra wide foot myself and, in each maker's lastings, some will fit in one size/width combo and others will fit completely differently. Your arches shouldn't be an issue unless you need some sort of orthotic support. Or are you saying you have a high instep?
     
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    Have both and I've found Herring and other English brands with 'G' width fitting to be pretty good.
     
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    add911_11 Senior member

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    St Cripins 'F' width and C&J 358 also works very well with my wide feet
     
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    chogall Senior member

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    Really? 358 is long and narrow unless you size up. its much narrower than 337.
     
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  7. Ennius

    Ennius Senior member

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    thanks for the guidance. Good input.

    I just have a high instep but no orthotics required.

    Should a good shoe salesmen at say Alden know how to work with my feet and focus on good shoes and lasts that make sense? Such a knowledgeable person would be worth money. The modified last sounds like a good idea and comes with the long wings I like.
     
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    I have Corthays which are, as far as I know, some of the most difficult fitting shoes. What i mean to say is; I don't have 'difficult' feet. Still love the modified last though.
    A good salesman should be able to help you.
     
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    the instep is more of a problem than the wide foot. it makes fitting english shoes like C&J and Loake a problem because they tend to run rather low. Italian makers like Santoni and Ferragamo have higher instep bases.

    The guys at alden will just keep fitting you in shoes until they find something that works. Expect to spend a good chunk of time there. I was in C&J in NY for 3 hours and came out empty handed.
     
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    Catpower - that is brilliant! thanks
     

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