When it comes to shoe-buying, most shoe manufacturers seem to make no provisions for individuals needing special-sized shoes. In their minds everyone possesses smaller, narrower feet. However, there are a number of individuals who have very large or very wide feet, without necessarily being any bigger weight-wise than those deemed to have 'normal' feet. And, since many cannot afford to get customized footwear, they often are forced to get shoes that are too small, (as they hope maybe excessive wear will 'stretch' them out), or footwear that is too big. Yet, there are ways that an individual can purchase a comfortable set of custom shoes without breaking their budget.
The first and foremost way of getting special-sized shoes is by buying them from online retailers. This option works good for both men and women needing custom footwear. The easiest way of finding special-sized shoes, (short of typing the term in Google), is to go through your preferred shoe manufacturer directly. For instance, if you like buying Payless shoes, try to locate online stores selling their shoes, or seeing what is available directly from them. You can also go to stores that specialize in selling affordably-priced custom footwear. Examples include Forgotten Soles and Big Feet Store.
Another way of getting special-sized shoes could involve getting 'regular' shoes that have certain types of designs. For example, sandals and strapless shoes tend to come in all sizes and can still offer the same type of comfort available for 'official' custom sized footwear. There is also the option of getting slip-on shoes, especially those that do not have a heel, (a design that is becoming more popular for shoe-wearing in warmer weather). Women can also consider getting men's shoes if it's just a matter of getting shoes for athletic wear.
Of course, many may prefer to want to get a pair directly, rather than experimenting with what type of traditional footwear will work. There is just one problem with such an approach. Many times stores that sell this type of footwear may not have a pair that you need in stock. This is particularly the case if they are trendy in fashion or design. You do have the option of trying to put your request on backorder, but there's no guarantee when you will be able to get your special-sized shoes. This is why it's very wise to think about alternatives that are available that will provide you with a workable pair while you are waiting for your custom ones.
All in all you shouldn't feel bad about yourself because your feet are bigger than everyone else's. Indeed, the media has a tendency of making fun of people who have large feet, especially if they are women. Such a trait is considered to be unfeminine and weird. This could cause a woman to feel subconscious when she is ready to buy her special-sized shoes. Regardless, neither men nor women should feel ashamed. Yeah, your feet may not be normal, but it is something you can't help.
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