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Have I mentioned/complained that I have EXTRA WIDE feet and can’t find decent looking shoes, like ever?
I’m sending my complaint out, if I haven’t already, that there aren’t that many cool-looking shoes out there for wide feet, and even less for extra wide.
My feet used to be “medium” until I had a baby. I didn’t gain much weight, but the body changes, and it made my feet “wide”. Even my hair got darker (but that’s another post). Since then, I spent many years on the phone doing IT tech support (that made my butt wider!), and more recently I’ve been a waitress, restaurant manager and a department store salesperson. My feet have pounded concrete, brick and marble floors until my foot bones and fat pads have stretched even wider, and now I have “extra wide” feet. It is what it is.
I’m now in the process of selling off my shoes. I have to do it so I can use those funds to buy shoes that do fit. I have a ton of shoes that I shouldn’t own anymore; I just can’t fit into them, but they’re barely worn. One cannot, and should not wear uncomfortable shoes, ever. I guess I was just hoping I could find a way to stretch them to make them work…? I don’t think anyone could stretch them wide enough – the integrity of the shoe would probably be compromised, and it would probably fall apart. But the good news is, barely worn shoes can be easily sold on Craigslist or on consignment!
I’ve found that ShoeBuy.com has a great selection of extra wide shoes. I can always find extra wides at Nordstrom and Zappos, so check there, too. And once you buy a pair of shoes from these places, if you get on their mailing lists (I know it seems annoying sometimes, but do it!), they’ll send you awesome coupons and codes so you can buy more shoes at great discount prices! And best of all, most do free shipping. Biggest tip – call in your order and tell the salesperson to make a note: PLEASE LEAVE PACKAGE AT THE APARTMENT OFFICE if you live in an apartment, or if you live in a house, have them put it someplace safe so the package isn’t left out for someone to steal. Just looking out for you 🙂
Some really cool shoes I’ve found…EXTRA WIDE!