Please help me with shoes!

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by nbolmer, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. nbolmer

    nbolmer Member

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    Hi -

    So I'm stuck in New Balance, as my shoe is a 10.5 6E.

    If a shoe 'runs wide' I can't get my foot in past the hole
    If a shoe comes in a 'wide' version it doesn't fit at all; I feel like a foot-binding victim.
    If I buy a shoe in a 'wide' I have to go up 2.5 sizes, and it's still tight, with about an extra 1.5 inches in the toe box.

    The only shoes that fit are New Balance trainers (and only if they come in a 6E), Red Wing Boots in an H width, and certain Dunham oxfords (by New Balance).

    I want to wear awesome, stylish shoes. I love the retro-classic puma suedes. I'd love to wear some good ole chucks. Some spiffy dress shoes would be nice.... but there's nothing.

    I assumed that there would have to be a few companies that make casual street shoes, totally custom - but nobody does. Sure, there are some hideous orthopedic footware you can get, or custom cowboy boots. Some of the ortho companies make a casual style or two, but they are hideous dated monstrosities -- I'm better off with the New Balance.

    I want to up my shoe style. What do I do?

    Noah
     


  2. circumspice

    circumspice Senior member

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    I am not aware of a way to do this on the cheap.

    Some footwear makers will allow you to customize an existing last - I had a pair of shoes Made to Order (MTO) at Stefano Bemer, and they would have been willing to customize a last for me - basically, if an existing last was slightly off on fit, add leather to make it wider, etc. I believe Vass from Budapest, and St Crispins allows for something similar - but I think these are academic points for you, as it doesn't sound like any ready to wear last will be anything close to fitting you.

    In your situation, it sounds like you may possibly need to go bespoke, or find a place that will either make a last for you, or let you bring a last that you have had made, and make shoes off of it.

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/316071/antonio-meccariello-shoes/0_10

    Antonio Meccariello may be worth looking at - I believe with one of his offerings, he will have you trace your feet onto paper, fax them, make you a trial pair of shoes, and adjust off them for a final pair. This is probably will cost at least US$1k , but that actually is favorable price wise compared to a lot of bespoke operations.

    Realize that in 2016, Styleforum has a bias towards English, Japanese and then Italian shoemakers. For any American based cordwainer, there isn't a lot of discussion here. There are also some Central European shoemakers like Buday, Reiter that don't get a lot of coverage here - you might not be able to figure out from Styleforum if they do full bespoke.
     


  3. MonVert

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    Could you tell us where you live, for starters? There may be local shoe/boot companies that can offer you proper measurement and compettively priced footwear.
     


  4. nbolmer

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    Unfortunately, spending in excess of 1000 on shoes is simply not anywhere near my budget. You're correct in that an existing last is useless for me. I'm surprised that, in a world that companies like New Balance and Red Wing sell enough super wide shoes that regular stores stock them (they aren't special order) - that there aren't any casual shoes in these sizes by major manufacturers. I can't afford shoes that cost more than a decent suit; the 250 dollar redwings I wear have been with me for almost a decade. It's unfortunate that this isn't that uncommon, but one has to be wealthy or wear athletic trainers all the time.

    You'd think that in 2016 some company would be scanning feet and ordering custom shoes over the internet. Unfortunately the budget of a brewer doesn't afford the budget for bespoke shoes, unless they're being made by an assembly robot somewhere.
     


  5. nbolmer

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    San Diego - I've been measured professionally, but off-the-shelf shoes are pretty much a non-option, unless there are poorly advertised companies making extremely wide casual shoes (which is what I'm hoping for).
     


  6. MonVert

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    Mmm, Dehner Boots has a few dealers in San Diego. They can certainly make a proper boot/shoe for your foot, for a fairly modest price, if you wish to go down that road.




    You could also try Wesco, but you would need to phone in to ask about dealers. Price for either may be out of your budget... But well-fitting footwear is worth the price. :D
     
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  7. nbolmer

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    4-500 I might be able to swing if it's a "wear with everything" shoe. What Dehner would look good for a jeans-and-t-shirt look? San Diego is HOT, and something that works in jeans or shorts would be amazing, but at least just jeans.
     


  8. MonVert

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    Depends, really. 10" Boots are going to look weird in shorts. So the military-style boots may not be appropriate.


    You could try a Jodhpur. That might be a safer bet, if you want more of a catch-all. Either way, they do have an online catalogue of base models.... So come to your own decision of what might fit your weather/needs/style.
     
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  9. nbolmer

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    I think Wesco actually is what I'm looking for. They list prices for custom shoes - does that include the price of a last, or is that an extra charge that I'd just do once? I've spent the last hour designing shoes... there are some very cool options. You may have saved the day!
     


  10. MonVert

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    Extra price for a last...? Oh, you mean if your feet don't fit any available last? I know Dehner will carve a new one if that happens, but I'm not too sure about Wesco. Both will keep your measurements on record. Or did you mean something else?


    Also, both companies list their prices. Dehner boots are fully lined,by default, while it costs extra on Wesco boots.
     
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