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I've realised my shoes are too large, suggestions?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by francisl, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. francisl

    francisl Active Member

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    Okay,

    So having spent much of the past year rather broke, I came into some money and decided to go out and buy a whole new load of clothes.

    Included in this were some Barkers tan brogues, size 10.5. Now, I've currently got a pair of Hudsons which are 10.5 and have always bought 10.5 (10s are that bit too small on one foot).

    I tried them on during a busy day of shopping and they felt a little stiff to get into even with a shoe horn, but once in they felt fine.

    However, having worn them 3 or 4 times since, I've noticed that my feet don't nearly fill them out. They've already started to crease about half an inch-to an inch from the ends, and against my other 10.5s they are quite a bit longer.

    In terms of wearing, now they've worn in a little, they aren't painful to wear, but I can tell the creasing, where my toes are will increase quite a bit.

    Obviously, I can't take them back now because they're definitely a bit worn.

    What do you suggest I do?
     


  2. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    You should add leather insoles. These will occupy some of the excess room in your Barkers & also keep them comfy.

    BTW Barker shoes do tend to run half size larger than most brands.
     


  3. francisl

    francisl Active Member

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    Funnily enough, just after I posted this I was looking through a bag of stuff my Grandad gave me today (not as presents, just old shoes which he can't wear anymore). He said 'I'm a 10, but you can try them on. There's a brand new pair of Barkers patent loafers - size 10 - they fit perfectly.

    I'll know for next time.
    I shall buy some leather insoles - are these the sort of things where there are good ones and bad ones, or can I pick up any?
     


  4. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    Buy new shoes that fit. Donate non-fitting shoes to charity.
     


  5. francisl

    francisl Active Member

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    I'm afraid I can't really afford to donate a pair of shoes that set me back this much, nor can I afford to buy another replacement pair.
     


  6. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    my brother in law stuffed the front of his shoes with plastic bags. i wouldnt recommend it personally tho. i would say lesson learned and now you know your shoe size.
     


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    Patek Senior member

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    Some lessons are more expensive than others. My firs marriage for example.
     


  8. Northampton Novice

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    Ideally look for some vegetable tanned leather insoles - around £6 -8 for a pair. If you are completely strapped for cash buy cork insoles - no more than £3. Don't buy synthetic insoles at any cost.

    The leather will last much longer and offer better air circulation & comfort than the cork.
     


  9. francisl

    francisl Active Member

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    Thanks for the advice, I'll grab some of the the better ones when I get back into London.
     


  10. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    half a size can be compensated easily. this is a much more important lesson, imo.
     


  11. francisl

    francisl Active Member

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    Compensate with insoles and/or something else as well?
     


  12. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I would suggest that you try a tongue pad. If still too roomy then try an inner sole.
     


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    two ways: leather (or rubber) insoles, the other being Salvation Army
     


  14. francisl

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    Thanks for all of the advice, shall feedback when I've got the insoles.
     


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    this
     


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