Mutant wide feet

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  1. base615

    base615 Senior member

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    I've been looking through all the wide feet threads here and I've not found anyone whos feet seem to be remotely as abnormal as mine which are so short and wide they can appropriately be described as square; [​IMG] According to this site I have UK size 5 EEEEEE; http://www.widefittingshoesdirect.co...itting%20Chart I also have an abnormally high instep and have real problems finding shoes. I currently wear shoes 3 sizes too long which makes me look like a clown and the wide fitting sites, such as the one above, stock shoes that want to make me gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon. Obviously they are not an option. Short of bespoke which I can't really afford, does anyone have any ideas? Anyone with similar size/shape feet? Cheers, Craig
     


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    When you aren't placing any pressure on your foot, does the right side push out as it doing?
     


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    Craig,
    I am usually 6E or 6EE in US sizes (6US = 5UK, roughly) but your feet look monster wide compared to mine.
     


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    Have you considered bespoke?
     


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    When you aren't placing any pressure on your foot, does the right side push out as it doing?
    Not quite as much. This one is taken slightly diagonally as I'm not very flexible so with no weight on it's slightly wider than this picture; [​IMG]
     


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    Have you considered bespoke?

    I would love to but we don't seem to have any good bespoke shoes in Sydney and I can't really afford $3000 for a pair of shoes.
     


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    Have you tried Church's or the other "lesser" (at least on this forum) English brands like Loake? It tends to be the mid-tier English firms that still make shoes in wider fittings. [​IMG]

    I've tried Loakes but the range of stuff you get here in Australia seems to be fairly limited because of a small population so there's nowhere I can try on the wide ones. Size 7 in a Loakes fit width wise but are way too long.

    I'm a bit loath to order something online just to try. I'd like to be able to try them on.
     


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    If you were in Melbourne, I think McCloud have a decent selection of wider fitting Loakes.

    Thanks. My in-laws are in Melbourne so we're there a couple of times a year. I may check them out next time I'm down.
     


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    My feet are almost as wide as yours, but not in the same way. I usually end up getting shoes that come in a wide width, AND I get them a size larger than I would. They end up being too long, but fit "ok" in the important ways.

    Brands I like that come in wide widths: AE, Alden (VERY wide in some cases), Santoni, RM Williams (very wide and stretch nicely). Plus there are some shoes that, although not specified as wide, just "are" for some reason. I keep my eye out for them all the time, and usually get 1 pair a year through this method.
     


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    My feet are almost as wide as yours, but not in the same way. I usually end up getting shoes that come in a wide width, AND I get them a size larger than I would. They end up being too long, but fit "ok" in the important ways.

    Brands I like that come in wide widths: AE, Alden (VERY wide in some cases), Santoni, RM Williams (very wide and stretch nicely). Plus there are some shoes that, although not specified as wide, just "are" for some reason. I keep my eye out for them all the time, and usually get 1 pair a year through this method.


    Thanks for the tips. I will look into RM Williams. Imight struggle to find the others in Aus but will look
     


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    base,

    get in touch with Moulded Shoe in NYC (http://mouldedshoe.com/) and ask them about Aldens in the modified last. Send them the pics.

    lefty
     


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    That pic is really incredible, how even the lines on the socks bow out.

    That said, if the longer size is comfortable, I think it is an acceptable alternative. Many shoemakers are going longer these days anyway, in effect they are doing what you are doing, but for style reasons. Luckily, your 5 size is relatively small, and I don't think anyone bats an eye at someone wearing an 8EE no matter how short they are. If you were something like a 10 it would present big problems as you would have to wear something like a 13EE which I understand could look clownish.

    Also, your high instep in this case would be a blessing and not a curse as it will help you fit into the larger shoe.

    If it is uncomfortable however, then you should of course look for an alternative. Molded shoe site looks good.
     


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