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Narrow feet

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MarkB_MI

07-28-2020 11:01:00




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I have narrow feet; I need a B width shoe to get a decent fit. Anyone with narrow feet knows that most shoe stores stopped stocking narrow widths back in the eighties. So it's a real pain to get shoes or boots that fit.

For work boots, I buy Red Wings. But they're always special order.

It used to be fairly easy to get narrow width hiking boots, but most makers have discontinued them. Danner hasn't made narrow widths for years. Anymore, it seems that Vasque (owned by Red Wing) is the only brand that comes in a narrow width. They make only one style in a narrow width, and only one color in that style.

New Balance has a few tennis shoe styles in narrow, but again they're special order.

I used to be able to buy narrow Dunham brand dress shoes and casual shoes at the New Balance store, but they quit carrying them. Now I have to order Dunhams on-line from Rockport.

So anyway, I'm curious where other folks with narrow feet go for shoes. Or do you just put up with shoes that don't fit?

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730virgil

07-31-2020 20:52:09




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
where do you live? there is a place in Black Earth Wi called the Shoe Box



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DoubleO7

07-30-2020 09:08:11




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
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True, but there might be a better chance of finding 12.5B womens than 11B mens work boots or shoes.

I am also a B width and when shopping for work boots, most women sizes are actually too narrow.

This is at wallyfart and generic off the shelf brands.

Most workboots are undicernable between mens and womens.



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FastFarmall

07-29-2020 01:34:24




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
The Red Wing factory was on main street in Red Wing Minnesota for years, i think they had a fire and other problems [not financial] in the late 80's others who live closer than i, would no moor,but i wear a D, so never had a problem!



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Jim in Rush co

07-28-2020 18:59:21




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
MarkB, Do you have any Amish owned shoe stores in your area? I have worn Red Wings for over 40yrs and the Amish store in my area keep B width in stock. In some shoes I can get by with a c width.



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MarkB_MI

07-29-2020 03:32:49




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to Jim in Rush co, 07-28-2020 18:59:21  
> MarkB, Do you have any Amish owned shoe stores in your area? I have worn Red Wings for over 40yrs and the Amish store in my area keep B width in stock.

No Amish-owned shoe stores around here that I'm aware of. But there are plenty of Red Wing franchises; I go in, order what I need and Red Wing ships it to my house. Sometimes they send the correct size, sometimes not.



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DoubleO7

07-28-2020 17:19:20




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
For work boots have you found any 12-1/2 in womens?

Supposedly egual to mens 11B.



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MarkB_MI

07-29-2020 04:24:02




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to DoubleO7, 07-28-2020 17:19:20  
> For work boots have you found any 12-1/2 in womens?
> Supposedly egual to mens 11B.

Hmm. According to New Balance, the widths are the same between men's and women's shoe sizes.

"Widths remain the same during conversion: if you wear a women's D width, you will also wear a men's D width."

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Zachary Hoyt

07-28-2020 16:13:13




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
I'm a size 16 so my options are limited too, but in the other direction. I buy all of my shoes on eBay, I can search for the size I need and there are usually a few choices in whatever kind of thing I'm looking for. I try to remember to check Red Wing boots in my size from time to time, sometimes I have been lucky and gotten a demo pair for well under $100 that are new, but have been sitting around a store somewhere for a while.

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Chester5731

07-28-2020 14:59:55




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
I have been buying Thorogood boots. They have them in 12 B and they hold up very well. I tried mason but was not impressed.



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MarkB_MI

07-29-2020 03:45:02




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to Chester5731, 07-28-2020 14:59:55  
> I have been buying Thorogood boots. They have them in 12 B and they hold up very well.

Thanks for the tip. I hadn't heard of Thorogood, but I see they do make a few styles in narrow widths.



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K Effective

07-28-2020 14:45:16




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
An old friend of mine wore 7.5 EEEE- his foot resembles that of an elephant, more of a pod than a foot.



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Traditional Farmer

07-28-2020 16:04:07




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to K Effective, 07-28-2020 14:45:16  
I wear a size 12 or 13 with as many EEEE's as I can get.



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Sean Feeney

07-28-2020 16:08:59




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to Traditional Farmer, 07-28-2020 16:04:07  
hear that



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huskergreen

07-28-2020 12:36:33




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
I have the same problem, but with A width. I have worn Red Wing work boots for 40 plus years. Style 1155. Ten to fifteen years ago they stop making the A width, had the local store do a search for A width in the US, found 5 pairs in stock at several stores. I ordered all 5 pairs and put in the closet, I have used all 5 pair and now switched to B width, and getting a long ok. Also have New Balance shoes.

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MarkB_MI

07-28-2020 12:44:43




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to huskergreen, 07-28-2020 12:36:33  
> I have the same problem, but with A width. I have worn Red Wing work boots for 40 plus years. Style 1155. Ten to fifteen years ago they stop making the A width, had the local store do a search for A width in the US, found 5 pairs in stock at several stores.

Back around 1980, I went into a Red Wing store looking for a pair of 10.5Bs. They didn't have the B width in stock, but they had a pair of 11As, and I bought them. They fit just fine. I now wear 11Bs. And it's hard to believe that stores actually used to stock A-width boots.

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4wdtom

07-28-2020 11:44:16




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
Same problem! I look at New Balance on line and they have a few in narrow. LL Bean also has some narrow, you have to look through all their shoes on line.



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MarkB_MI

07-28-2020 12:46:00




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to 4wdtom, 07-28-2020 11:44:16  
> Same problem! I look at New Balance on line and they have a few in narrow. LL Bean also has some narrow, you have to look through all their shoes on line.

I'll keep L. L. Bean in mind the next time I'm shopping for shoes or boots. They do have quality products.



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Russ from MN

07-28-2020 11:35:46




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
I have some Oboz hiking boots, I just love them, and I think they make some narrower sizes. They were recommended to me by my podiatrist because I had plantar facetious, and they helped to cure the problem. They're kind of expensive, but if your buying Redwings your used to high prices.



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MarkB_MI

07-28-2020 12:48:36




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to Russ from MN, 07-28-2020 11:35:46  
> I have some Oboz hiking boots, I just love them, and I think they make some narrower sizes. They were recommended to me by my podiatrist because I had plantar facetious, and they helped to cure the problem. They're kind of expensive, but if your buying Redwings your used to high prices.

I think you posted about Oboz a few weeks back. Somebody did, anyway, and I remember checking to see if they had any narrows. Alas, only medium and wide widths. I just double-checked and don't see anything narrow on their site. Maybe I'll drop them a note and ask if they could do a run of narrow width boots.

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Tom in TN

07-28-2020 11:13:29




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
Mark,

Have you ever tried the Mason Shoe Company? I don't have narrow feet so I have no experience with that particular factor, but I know that Mason offers a full range of widths for their shoes. I've been buying from them for about 60 years. I get junk mail from them at least weekly, but when I need new shoes I actually read their ads.

Good luck finding what you need.

Tom in TN



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MarkB_MI

07-28-2020 12:51:06




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to Tom in TN, 07-28-2020 11:13:29  
> Have you ever tried the Mason Shoe Company?

No, I haven't, but I remember back in the day they ran ads in all the magazines and tabloids. I guess the memory of those old ads kind of puts me off, maybe I should at least give them a chance.



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J Hamilton

07-28-2020 11:06:09




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to MarkB_MI, 07-28-2020 11:01:00  
I'm on the opposite end, I have to get mine in a wide otherwise they are too tight. I go to a speciality workwear store to order mine. I have been getting Timberland Pro the last several pairs.



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MarkB_MI

07-28-2020 13:09:10




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 Re: Narrow feet in reply to J Hamilton, 07-28-2020 11:06:09  
> I'm on the opposite end, I have to get mine in a wide otherwise they are too tight. I go to a speciality workwear store to order mine. I have been getting Timberland Pro the last several pairs.

Thanks, but it doesn't look like Timberland makes anything in narrow widths.



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