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I hate my feet: Are MTO shoes my only option?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ryan82885, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. ryan82885

    ryan82885 Member

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    First things first, I hate my feet. They're way too wide and my left foot is an entire size bigger than my right foot. My at home measurements indicate that my left foot is 10 3/4 inches long and 4 1/2 inches wide -- according to a chart I found on the internet this should be a 10.5 EEE. My right foot measures in at 10 3/8 inches long and 4 1/2 inches wide -- equating to a 9.5 EEE.

    I've recently purchased two pairs of Allen Edmonds (Strands and Park Ave.) in a 9.5EEE and 10E which I've had to return due to my feet being in constant pain after wearing them for more than an hour. I should note that the 9.5EEE actually fit my right foot perfectly, but my pinky toe on my left foot was in constant pain wearing a 9.5EEE. I called Allen Edmonds support and they suggested that due to my unique feet characteristics, custom MTO shoes in two different sizes would be the only surefire way to solve my issue.

    Is this really my only/best option? Are Allen Edmonds custom/MTO shoes good value for the money? What other brands (and lasts) should I be looking at given my unique feet characteristics if I got the MTO route?

    Thanks for the help everyone!
     
  2. sns23

    sns23 Senior member

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    No company or last is going to make a difference if your feet are truly that different in size.
     
  3. ryan82885

    ryan82885 Member

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    So is purchasing MTO shoes in two different sizes my only option? If so, what companies offer good MTO value around the Allen Edmonds price point ($400)? I'm looking for other vendors that do custom/MTO rather than just Allen Edmonds.
     
  4. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    I don't think you will find a MTO at the same or better price than AE. For example, Alden doesn't take custom orders anymore (and they are actually more expensive).

    Based on your measurements, I would think you take a 10.5E and a 9.5EE. Have you tried using the downloadable fit guide from the AE website? And what kind of arch/instep do you have? High/medium/low?

    I am an 11C on the fit guide, but my flat pronated feet require a size adjustment. I find the 11.5C works better with Pedag arch supports.

    My overall answer is, yes, it's worth it to get MTO if the shoes fit.
     
  5. philosophe

    philosophe Senior member

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    Fit is everything in shoes. Don't abuse your feet.

    AE sounds like a good option. I would recommended calling Moulded Shoe in NYC. They specialize in hard to fit feet and may have some other options for you.
     
  6. Master Shake

    Master Shake Senior member

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    I thought I had read that Nordstrom's will let you buy a pair of shoes in different sizes. I suggest you explore that possibility.
     
  7. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    AE lets you buy shoes in different sizes
     
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    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    +1

    I think there is a fee for this though...
     
  9. ryan82885

    ryan82885 Member

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    Yes, there is a fee according to AE's website but a small price to pay for comfort. Other than AE, are there any other companies who have a similar program? What about the next tier up of makers such as C&J? I'm just looking for an idea of all the options I have at my disposal. Thanks for everyone's help so far.
     
  10. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    All the MTM/bespoke shoes I found were ~$3k and up. In terms of ordering mismatched sizes etc., I haven't found anything in the price/quality range of AE (which is not to say there isn't anything). You may be able to get special sizing from C&J or Trickers or another brand, but I'm guessing it would be an add on to a stocking order. That in turn means waiting 6-8 months for the order to come in. With AE, you can order by phone or web any time.

    Alden, C&J, Trickers would be alternate brands you can look at. Finding shoes locally to try on may be a challenge.
     

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