Shoes - To Fix or Replace

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ArnimFritsch, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. ArnimFritsch

    ArnimFritsch Member

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    Hello All,
    Firstly, I am new here. Thank you for your excellent forum.

    More importantly, I recently purchased a new pair of Cole Haan wingtips. My feet are flat and slightly different sizes and shapes, and I have a lot of trouble finding shoes that fit just right. I have often bought shoes that seemed to fit in the store, only to discover after a few wearings that one of them is great but the other causes pain worthy of medical attention. This is very frustrating. I usually buy shoes from places that will permit returns even after wearing, though I made an exception a few weeks ago. I found this great-looking pair of Cole Haan wingtips on sale at DSW. They seemed to fit at the time... After a few wearings, I can no longer deny that they are clearly stretching my left foot in ways not intended by nature. There's nothing wrong with the shoes. The problem is my feet.

    I believe that, if this is even possible, moving the left arch support toward the heel might fix the problem. The inner soles are glued in, so it might not be an easy job. My question is this: Should I endeavor to get these "fixed," or would i be better off selling them here or on ebay and just buying a new pair of shoes?

    I'm a graduate student, so resources must be conscientiously spent. One fine day I will get my shoes custom made. In the meatime, this will be my struggle. Thank you for your guidance.

    Cheers,
    Arnim
     
  2. plei89

    plei89 Senior member

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    Not sure why this is happening if they fit perfectly fine at the store — assuming you got your right size.

    Did you try the shoes on early in the morning (before you did a lot of walking?). Your feet expands throughout the day, which is why it's best to try on shoes in the afternoon after you've done some walking.
     
  3. ArnimFritsch

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    This happens because I'm flat-footed and very stiff. I'm slender, but can't get even remotely close to touching my toes with my legs straight. The tendon that runs from the back to the toes is to blame. It isn't a problem if the arch is in just the right place, but if it's too far foward I end up with an inflamed tendon, so my pediatrist tells me. He wanted to fit me for custom-made inserts, but this "solution" would necessitate unfortunate-looking footwear and isn't exactly covered by my healthcare plan. So long as I find something that fits well, nothing hurts. I don't realize that the tendon is getting stretched too far until I've worn the shoes for 8 hours+ a few times and taken a few long walks.
     
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    fritzl Senior member

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    it's like removing a band aid.

    look out for a good cobbler and talk to him. probably, one or the other of your shoes can be salvaged this way.

    good luck.
     
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    Certainly, talk to a cobbler and see what your options are. As a flat foot, I've negotiated the problem by moving up to Alden and AE shoes. They offer a wide range of lasts and sizes to accommodate different foot shapes. I supplement that with arch supports by Pedag (i.e. Balance) and Superfeet. The Pedags are nice because I can adjust the positioning until it's just right. It's worked out very well for me. Granted, these shoes are more expensive, but I'd rather spend the money to keep my feet happy.
     
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    lmaligaya Senior member

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    I have lower arches than "normal" and I have issues with a wide enough toe box, and wide enough arch area. AE, Park ave (not sure of the last name) fits me well and the contruction is there to support modifications such as moving the arch support back by a competent cobbler. You cannot do this easily with crappier shoes. The other benefit is that companies like AE/Alden build many shoes on certain lasts so you can have a better feel for fit.
     
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    The rest of the story...

    I took the shoes to a local cobbler. He pulled out the innersole of the left shoe and used a grinder to level out the arch. Then he stretched it. They fit perfectly now. Certainly the best $3 I've spent this week!

    Cheers,
    Arnim
     
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    congrats. i knew it as it is no rocket science. it just takes a good cobbler. this was the only x in the equation.
     

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