Wide shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by esquire., Feb 7, 2004.

  1. esquire.

    esquire. Senior member

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    Hello,

    Thanks everybody for your help with my earlier post. Now, if I'm going to get a suit, then I should probably also get some shoes too.

    Does anybody have any suggestions for which brands or types or designs that will carry something extra wide, and where I could find some in Orange County in SoCal. Like everybody else, my two feet are different sizes. So, when I wear a 9, the left foot feels fine but it bothers the right foot. And, when I wear a 9.5, the right foot is okay but now its too big for the left foot. The problem is the right foot, where the pinky toes meet the rest of the body of the foot and a bit further down. That area is abnormally wide, and the shoe is always pinching that area. One salesman said it would stretch in that area, but my shoes never did. I've also tried wide shoes, but they weren't wide in that area. Another salesman said basically tough luck; that's not where the extra width would be.

    I'm looking for something in black and comfortable because I will need to be on my feet a lot during the day and walking around in a office. It also needs to somewhat conservative, and professional looking. I don't really care about the design, just something comfortable. I tried slip ons, without lace, and they were comfortable, but too big, and it felt like one foot was going to slip out.

    It would really help if you could list not just the most expensive brand, but also moderately priced brands too. It doesn't need to last a lifetime, just something comfortable that actually fits. I'm so used to painful shoes, I don't even know how shoes should fit anymore when I try them on.

    Also, I read that some people buy there shoes on ebay used or at thrift shops. This would save me a lot of money, but I'm concerned about how sanitary this is. Can anyone address this, or how they've dealt with this.

    Thank you so much.
     
  2. Alias

    Alias Senior member

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    If you had the money, you could go bespoke. They'd make shoes that 1) WILL last you a lifetime and 2) won't hurt. Still, I advise against taking out a loan on a pair of dress shoes. In my experience, shoes hardly ever stretch at all, and if they do, they usually bounce right back. Don't listen to the salesman when he says this to fool you. Can't you buy one shoe in a 9 and another shoe in a 9.5? Maybe you'll end up having to buy two pairs of shoes [​IMG]
     
  3. mack

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    Check with Nordstrom.   For folks with your problem, they will sell you two shoes in different sizes for the same price charged for a regular pair.  At least, this used to be the policy.
     
  4. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Good advice. If Nordstrom has changed its policies, you might want to contact a retailer that carries Alden or Allen-Edmonds. Even if they won't sell you a 9 left/9.5 right from stock, they should be able to get such a pair from the manufacturer. You'll probably have to pay full retail price, but at least you would have comfortable shoes on both your feet.
     
  5. esquire.

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    Thanks everybody,

    I'll definitely check Nordstrom's. Does anyone know if there's some type of outlet for Nordstrom in SoCal, or maybe even for AE or Alden. Also, which would be wider, AE or Alden. I keep on hearing how excellent these shoes are, but will probably go with the wider one, regardless of quality.

    Esquire
     
  6. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A-E and Alden are two of the very few shoe manufacturers that make their shoes in several different widths. Most of Alden's most popular styles come in widths out to EEE or EEEE, while most of A-E's styles come in widths out to EEE. I would think that it would be difficult to find retailers that carry those widths, but they should be able to order you a pair from the manufacturer. Alden shoes are harder to find than Here's A-E's list of their retailers. You can additionally find them online at a number of different places. It's not that hard to find them on sale somewhere. Alden is another matter entirely. They're significantly harder to find, but they are around. Here's Alden's list of retailers in California. I've seen discounted Aldens at Sierra Trading Post, but that's about the only place other than eBay that I've seen Aldens below retail price.
     
  7. esquire.

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    Thank you soooo much jcusey. My feet are tingling with excitement. This forum is awesome.

    I'm probably going to go check out AEs. The outlet isn't too far. Proably 1.5-2 hrs. This seems to be the best place to get the lowest price since I really don't care that much about the specific style of the shoe. Before I go, does anybody have any idea how much they'll be on sale for before I drive there or should I just go to a nearby Nordstrom.

    Does anybody have any idea around what's the lowest price AEs go down at Nordstrom. I can wear sneakers right now, so I might be able to just wait it out. Don't you hate it when you buy something, and the price drops even further down.
     
  8. mack

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    Nordie's carries AE, but not Alden, at least in the stores I have visited.  I doubt if they would honor the two for the price of one at outlets.  They frequently put AE on sale for around 25% to 33% off during regular sales.  Unfortunately, I think their post-holiday sale has ended.
     
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    I believe the AE outlet in NY will be having a sale on their already reduced prices starting Feb 12th. It could very well be that the outlet in your area might do the same. So give them a call before making the journey since it would suck if you missed out by just a few days.
     
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    The ones on sale on Feb 12 will be their discontinued shoes. Does anyone know how much discount AE sell them for in previous years? I received their list via email indicating that they go for 25% off full retail, which doesn't seem to be very much. If I remember correctly they are sold for significantly less during their August 2003 discontinued sale, but I called nearly 2 months after the sale started.
     
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    Ferragamo, AE, Bruno Magli, and a couple others still make wide shoes. I can't usually wear a D width in most shoemakers, so it makes finding deals or just decent looking shoes harder.
     
  12. esquire.

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    I just wanted to also ask, when the shoes come in different widths, where is this extra width in terms of the shoe. I've tried buying shoes that came in wide, but they still felt uncomfortable. My attitude was why pay $100 for shoes that hurt when I can much less for shoes that'll hurt just the same.

    Also, do you know if the shoe shape depends on the different manufacturer. For example, diff. suits fit diff. body types differently. I've heard that how American vs. European shoes are different in width, but I was wondering if American shoes were different from one another. I was wondering if I just need to try on every possible shoe out there to find one that'll fit my foot.

    With a wide foot, I was thinking of those wide shoes styles where they don't really taper in at the toes. However, I'm concerned if this is considered too casual. Thanks a lot.
     
  13. Brian SD

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    There is a Nordstrom Rack in the Mission Valley mall in San Diego.
     
  14. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's even more complicated than you think. A shoe's fit is dependent on its last, and just about every manufacturer has a number of lasts, each of which fits differently. Alden, for example, has at least 8 different lasts that it commonly uses, and some of these lasts fit very differently. Take a look at p. 43 of the Allen-Edmonds catalogue for their explanation of their lasts. The only way to know how shoes will fit is to try them on. You might be well-served to spend the afternoon trying on different shoes from the same manufacturer made on different lasts.
     
  15. esquire.

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    Thanks for all the help. If anyone's ever bought at the outlet, could you please tell me about the seconds or irregulars. Are they worth the price, or should I stay clear of this. And, do the salespeople actually know anything bout the shoes there. THX.
     

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