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Do you buy shoes that fit you well, or just good enough?
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      Nita P wrote Nov 14, 2012
    • i have to buy shoes that fit well.  i find just good enough shoes do not last long and are a waste of money.  i dont fancy corns or wearing shoes that hurt and may make me fall over.  i feel a strain in my legs when my shoes are ill fitting




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      Linda L wrote Nov 14, 2012
    • I’m in need of new shoes, but it’s hard to find nice wide size shoes. Most stores don’t carry them and once in awhile I’m lucky to find a pair that fits well.




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      Tuliplady wrote Nov 14, 2012
    • Nita, I couldn’t agree more!!!!

      Linda, I have the opposite problem.  There is never a narrow width to be found! I just bought new work boots that fit well, as long as I wear two pair of socks in them.

      I ask the question because I’ve noticed so many of my co-workers wearing really ill fitting shoes.
      My latest trainee is more than old enough to know better and he’s shuffling around in sneakers that are miles too big and wide for him.  Our resident troll wears shoes that must be four sizes bigger than her foot.  I just can’t imagine how miserable they must be all day long in shoes that don’t fit.




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      Kmarie wrote Nov 15, 2012
    • I prefer shoes that fit but but I also have really narrow feet and a lot of times the shoes are too wide  (a width) but the are the right lenght. A 7.5 double aa width is hard to find.




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      Tuliplady wrote Nov 15, 2012
    • Kmarie, I have the same problem except I’m a size 10 A or AA (depending on the style).  

      I have found that a pair of cheap dr scholls insoles helps a little bit with the width problem in dress shoes that I’m not going to be wearing for very many hours.




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      Nita P wrote Nov 15, 2012
    • Tulip i do know what u mean - when i was doing a mechanical course many years ago we were required to wear work safety boots whenever we were in the workshop.  the only boots i could find (mens) fit the length of my foot but did not fit the bulk of my foot - does that make sense.  my foot would flop about inside - yes i can only imagine and picture in my mind how awful it would be to have ill fitting shoes......on another note you know there are women who wear heels that are painfully high to look at ooouuuccchhhohhhhestatic




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      Denise Richardson wrote Nov 15, 2012
    • I can’t afford to buy any shoe that doesn’t fit well for my feet I’ve been through too much with these boys lol.




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      Femmeaumilieu wrote Nov 15, 2012
    • I have owned a shoe store and seen hundreds of women try on shoes. It seems that the younger the woman, the less likely she is to care about comfort. Older women, for the most part, put aside beauty or trend for comfort, which, in my 54-year-old eyes is just boring.

      Personally, I love, love, love shoes!  I have everything from handmade Italian shoes by Gidigio to trendy Jeffrey Campbell shoes!  If walking around NYC, I do try to wear a comfortable shoe such as a Fly London. I tried walking up and down the hills of San Francisco last week in a 5 inch platform  heel (I WAS going to a birthday party for a 30-year-old) and I literally would have broken both ankles if my daughter’s 6‘6” boyfriend hadn’t  held me up!  

      On the higher end of heels, I have found that I prefer Dolce and Gabbana and Prada to Jimmy Choo and Chanel. I also LOVE Ruthie Davis shoes and can actually walk and stand  comfortably in their VERY HIGH heels.  

      My very favorite comfort flats and actually one of the few “flats” that i own are by Bloch, but many women may feel they don’t have enough support. As a chosen urbanite, my daughter prefers London Sole.  

      My favorite cool and super trendy brands are John Fluevog and Trippen. I wore Fluevogs during most of my visit to San Francisco and they are not only super comfortable, but absolutely Amazing. Trippen shoes are hard to find in the US -they are made in Germany but I found a little boutique where I got to try some on (they ARE my next dream shoe).  Trippens are  by far the trendiest comfort shoe I have ever put on my feet.  

      I live in boots during the winter so I have quite a collection... Jeffrey Campbell, Uggs,  John Fluevog, Frye, and an amazing super high heeled Jill Sander that I still can’t believe that I can wear for hours  ( I have done NYC nightlife  in them and looked stylish and urban. I don’t think they will ever go out of style)

      Now, the direct answer to you question is that although I try to buy shoes that fit, I sometimes make mistakes.  And I almost always buy 1/2 size larger in a high heel because I know my feet will swell. Luckily, although I have a significant bunion, I have neither wide nor slim feet. For you ladies, I can share that a shoe store without significant capital and/ or a huge customer base doesn’t generally have the cash to buy specialized shoes. If you need a larger toe box you might look at Alegria shoes. Ladies with narrow feet who have a good income love Stuart Weitzman shoes.  

      If you want a good laugh, read my poem, Passion, on my femmeaumilieu blog. It is about.....shoes!




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      Mzd3 wrote Nov 16, 2012
    • They have to fit just right, or I don’t buy them.




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      Marya1961 wrote Nov 17, 2012
    • Thank you Femmeaumilieu for sharing such a wide array of brands..that is so cool!  I will look these up just to get an idea of what they look like.  

      I also have to wear very comfortable shoes, which again probably comes with age and common sense...remember the disco days?  I would prance around in stiletto heels..EGAD, that was insanity.estaticestatic




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