Flat, wide, short feet: help finding boots?
November 24, 2008 8:22 AM Subscribe
I have feet that are flat (no significant arch), wide, and on the shorter side (around sizes 8.5 to 9 mens, US). Where can I find decent winter boots (and shoes in general, for that matter)?
posted by korpios to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (6 answers total)
I've been wearing Merrill Radius
shoes for the past year, size 9; it always felt like I had a bit of extra room up front, but having the corresponding increase in width helped make up for it. The arch was uncomfortable at first due to my flat feet, but over time it seemed to wear in. Now that those shoes are showing their age (including completely worn-away lugs on the outsole) — and considering that they do nothing to stop the bitter Chicago cold — I figured I'd pick up a pair of winter boots.
The boots are a pair of Merrill Snowmotion 6 Waterproof
, size 9.5; despite the increase in size (to accommodate the insulation and whatnot), they still feel too tight; I wore them to the office today, and I could feel my feet falling asleep ... not good. Due to the waterproof material (rubber?), they don't have nearly as much "give" as the Radius shoes; I'm going to return them, but I don't have the slightest clue what to try next since so many manufacturers of decent shoes don't make very much in wide widths. Meh.
ShoeFilter, help? ^_^ I'm in Chicago, if that helps with specific recommendations; I don't care where I buy my boots from, or what brand, so long as they're made well and fit well — but in that vein, I'd like to avoid online retailers since it's so hard to size oneself that way.