November 20, 2011 2:26 PM Subscribe
I’ve had trouble getting shoes to fit for a long time, but it seems to be getting worse as I get older. Today, I outgrew my shoes in the middle of a two-hour hike.
Often to usually, shoes I try on are too snug in the front or too loose in the back. Sometimes, I have both problems at the same time. Trying on shoes is frustrating.
A few times, I’ve tried the little inserts that can be stuck in to help fill out the heel. But one doesn’t seem to do the job, and I’d rather not plaster in a bunch of them.
Usually, boots, sandals and boat shoes (somehow) work. But they don’t cover all situations for which I need to dress. Sneakers and lace-up type shoes used to work, but I guess age is making the front of my feet spread out too much. I’m outgrowing a pair of sneakers I bought about six months ago.
I think the front of my feet is a women's size 8.5 or 9. I don't want to wear clogs. I live in Albuquerque, if that makes any difference.
1. Do shoe stretchers work on shoes that aren’t leather?
2. Do you know anything helpful about custom-made shoes? Such as how much they might cost or how to get the most value?
3. How much might I help myself by buying shoes late in the day or after walking X amount in the day? What is X amount?
4. Anything else that might help?