Do You Have Boring Feet?

SAS shoes
United States
June 29, 2016 3:47pm CST
Can you order shoes online? Have you ever bought shoes from a catalogue, and they fit? Do you walk into a shoe store, point at what you want, and they have it in your size? Then you have boring feet. Consider yourself lucky. My feet are anything except boring. I wear a woman’s size 5 (3 UK, 35 EU). But if that isn’t bad enough, my foot is wide. Want more excitement? I have very high arches too. This means that I cannot order shoes online. It is impossible to buy a pair of shoes though a catalogue. No regular shoe stores carry my size. Very few specialty stores do either. I have to be very lucky to find a store that has even one style that will work for my feet and my orthotics. Today I got lucky. I went to SAS Shoes and met the owner, Frank. He found me a pair of lovely brown suede shoes that fit. There are two words in that sentence that are shocking. They are “lovely” and “fit”. Those two terms are usually mutually exclusive for me. If shoes are attractive, they don’t come in my size. If they come in my size, they are usually hideous. But there is another word that I need to use too. It’s “expensive”. If shoes fit, and are pleasant looking, they cost twice what you probably pay for an everyday, run of the mill pair of shoes. Sure, you might splurge on something special, but you probably also have “normal” shoes that cost under $50. I should be so lucky. But I do consider myself lucky today. The owner found a shoe in my size that is pretty. He slipped in my orthotics, and I tried them on. I was shocked and amazed. They fit perfectly, are comfortable and cute. I bought them, of course. He also found a sneaker (tennis shoe/trainer) that I liked. He didn’t have my size, but ordered a pair for me. I’ll have it in a week. So what was the damage for two pairs of everyday shoes? $361. Do you have boring feet? If so, what do you normally pay for an everyday pair of shoes to wear around the house or when grocery shopping?
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12 responses
@Corbin5 (96652)
• United States
29 Jun 16
You have little feet!!! My mom wore a size 5 too, and she always had trouble finding shoes. I have a very average foot, size 7-Medium. Any size 7-Medium fits so I can order online or buy shoes in stores. I buy Sketchers for everyday wear since they last such a long time and feel so good. In summer I wear sandals, not expensive ones, indoors and out. When I taught, I wore heels, but not really high heels. I still do wear heels when dressing up because the most frequent compliment I did, and still do get, was "You have great legs." I have no foot pain, at least not yet.
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• United States
29 Jun 16
You are so very lucky. People tell me my feet are cute, because they are tiny. But they can buy any shoe they like at any time they want to do so, and I can't.
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@Juliaacv (27951)
• Canada
29 Jun 16
I like your new shoes, they're cute. I've got super-sized long, wide feet with a high arch, not very lady-like I've been told by shoe salesmen with a very limited supply as to what they could offer. I have to hunt and usually pay full price for my shoes also, but I love my shoes just the same.
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• United States
29 Jun 16
Then you know how much of a shock it was to find these shoes today. I was once told by a shoe salesman that I should never expect to find attractive shoes to fit my feet. He thought I should know better than to ask for them. Sigh.
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@JudyEv (116165)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jun 16
I have nice, boring feet. There is one shoe shop in the city that caters for all sorts of feet. My friend has very interesting feet and can always find nice shoes - but she pays for them. Meaning they're not cheap. :)
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• United States
30 Jun 16
At least your friend has some place to go where she can find shoes. That's great. But, as you said, they aren't cheap.
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• New Delhi, India
29 Jun 16
I didn't wear shoes and that is the only reason.
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• United States
29 Jun 16
If I go barefoot, I am in severe pain, due to my very high arches. I must have orthotics to provide support. If your feet do not hurt, consider yourself very lucky.
@LadyDuck (142162)
• Switzerland
30 Jun 16
I also wear a woman size 5 (35 EU), they are normal feet, not wide, but not narrow. I cannot find my size here in Switzerland, but I was able to find perfect shoes from a Spanish catalog. Women have smaller feet there and their shoes are a bit wider, that is what I prefer to be comfortable.I have bought two pairs last week, for about 45$ each.
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• United States
30 Jun 16
This is great for you. It's odd that some shoe sizes are difficult or impossible to find in various countries. I guess the shop owners don't want our money.
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@LadyDuck (142162)
• Switzerland
30 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace You are right they do not want our money. In France I always found the size 35 and I remember that I always waited to buy because they were always put on sale. One year I missed the first day of sale and a group of Japanese women bought all the size 35 in the shop I was devastated.
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• United States
1 Jul 16
@LadyDuck Hey, maybe you and I need to find a company in Japan from which to buy shoes. They have smaller feet there.
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@DeborahDiane (19215)
• Laguna Woods, California
30 Jun 16
Those are cute shoes! I love them ... but they are expensive. I am fortunate that both Easy Spirit Traveltime and Sketchers Go Walk shoes fit me well and they have become my everyday shoes. I have expensive shoes, but mainly because one of my daughters used to be a shoe buyer for a major department store chain.
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• United States
30 Jun 16
I used to be able to wear Easy Spirit shoes, but since the fat cushion below my toes is now gone, I'm walking on bone. Ouch. So I must use orthotics, which don't fit in Easy Spirit shoes. You are among the lucky ones with easy to fit feet.
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• Laguna Woods, California
1 Jul 16
@ElizabethWallace - Ouch is right! I can't imagine how painful it would be to lose the fat cushion below my toes. I'm glad you found comfy shoes.
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• United States
1 Jul 16
@DeborahDiane The most important thing is that my orthotics fit. When I wear them, which is almost always, there is no pain.
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@Tampa_girl7 (24371)
• United States
30 Jun 16
$361.00.......OUCH........that is outrageous.
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• United States
30 Jun 16
Shoe manufacturers know that people with problem feet have no choice. We must buy their expensive shoes, since they give us no other options. This is why I have to pay so much, and have very few pairs of shoes because of the cost and lack of styles available.
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@Tampa_girl7 (24371)
• United States
30 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace that is a shame that shoe shopping is so difficult.
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• United States
1 Jul 16
@Tampa_girl7 Anna made a comment above that gave me an idea. People in Japan have much smaller feet. Maybe I could find shoes from a catalogue in Japan?
@garymarsh6 (13097)
• United Kingdom
1 Jul 16
Because I am on my feet most of the day it is important that I have very comfortable shoes. These shoes however are not cheap but then I would rather pay that bit extra to ensure that it is like wearing nothing on my feet at all. Clarks shoes are the preferred shoe for me. Although I have been wearing some shoe like crocs which are even better but not cheap! I guess I pay around £70 or $93.35 as a minimum. I am not a fashion expert and to be honest comfort comes before fashionable for me.
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• United States
1 Jul 16
This is the first time in over 20 years that I have been able to buy a comfortable shoe that is also attractive to me. Beware, I heard in the news that doctors are warning people about wearing Crocs. It seems that they don't give enough support, just like flip flops.
@marsha32 (6687)
• United States
1 Jul 16
I wear size 10 and I think my feet are pretty "normal"
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• United States
1 Jul 16
They are if you can find shoes easily. That's how I define it anyway. Buying necessities should not require an all out search.
@jaboUK (52862)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun 16
I have the opposite problem to you - my feet are long and narrow. They rarely make larger shoes in a narrow size. I used to have to go to the Tall Girls shop in London, but fortunately as time has gone on girls' feet seem to have got bigger, so I'm not so unusual as when I was a teenager.
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• United States
30 Jun 16
We used to have shops for tall people, and shoe stores that stocked wide shoes, but they have all disappeared in the past 20 years or so. Now, those of us with unusual sizes or shapes have to be lucky or do without.
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@MALUSE (37076)
• Germany
3 Oct 16
You have special shoes for grocery shopping? :-)
@paigea (21555)
• Canada
2 Jul 16
My feet are size 8, wide, arches are high and my feet don't match each other. I also have to use orthotics or be in constant pain. My right shoe pretty much has to be too loose in order for my left shoe to fit. But it sounds like I have an easier time than you do.