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Topic # 151424 25-Aug-2014 11:21
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My poor hubby hates shopping. We have a heck of a time finding shoes to fit. He has a wide foot. Additionally he complains his sneaker shoes seem to shrink when they get wet.

He'd like something robust enough to walk on the metal covered stop bank but tidy enough to wear at work. He'd prefer brown. He's hard on shoes so well made is required. A light boot or hiking boot would do too.

Where do you guys with wide feet get shoes and can you suggest some brands? He's a US size 9.5-10 eee. Shoes not made specifically with a wide foot (ie. that don't specify width) won't do.

I'm scouring around the net and so far I've found Propet and some New Balance. Some Skechers seem to come in wide. Any shop or brand suggestions? Thanks.

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  Reply # 1115008 25-Aug-2014 11:28
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New Balance - I have one bought five years ago from the Shoe Clinic at Queensgate Lower Hutt (I think they kept a few of them in the shop for those with wide feet). Hannah shoe store has one or two products for those with wide feet (I can't remember the brand name).

Last 2-3 years, I just wear crocs or jandals to work. So I did not have recent experience.







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  Reply # 1115016 25-Aug-2014 11:36
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Virtually all big brand sneakers come in wide widths these days, however here in NZ getting these from anywhere but specialist footwear shops such as Athlete's Foot. Compare this to America where they're readily available everywhere. To name some examples I've had Brooks, New Balance and Saucany running shoes in wide widths over the past few years.

I've tended to buy most of my shoes in the US over the last few years as the choice is so much better for wide feet.


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  Reply # 1115062 25-Aug-2014 12:29
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I have issues with narrower shoes, most sneakers and skate shoes aren't wide enough. I find the DC skate shoes cater for wider feet quite well.
For work Hush Puppies make some nice Dress shoes that work well for wider feet.

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  Reply # 1115065 25-Aug-2014 12:31
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I find Hush Puppies are about the only wider fit dress shoes in NZ that are any good.



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  Reply # 1115069 25-Aug-2014 12:36
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Amazon is pretty good for shoes, and has a good search.
You can also tick the box for Amazon Global Eligible (which means that they will ship to NZ), otherwise sign up for and use NZ Post YouShop (to which Amazon will deliver Free usually).

I got a pair of Ecco slip ons from Amazon last year, great shoes, and I have wide flat feet. $110 delivered. I have seen them here for well over $200.

I have bought a few pairs of shoes from FootLocker.com as well. They ship to NZ.

Just watch for Customs Duty etc. The threshold before they charge is much lower for shoes (and clothes) - about $200NZ, but you can check on http://whatsmyduty.org.nz

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  Reply # 1115120 25-Aug-2014 13:32
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Hmmm .. how about www.spearshoes.com ... they look pretty wide :-) 

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  Reply # 1115149 25-Aug-2014 14:03
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Hush puppies have some good causal shoes and has been said they come in wide sizes.  Club FCO also have a wide range of outdoor shoes.  If you join their loyalty scheme the prices become the same as most other places.

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  Reply # 1115177 25-Aug-2014 14:23
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Currently wearing some hush puppie extra wide leather work shoes, easily the most comfortable pair of shoes ive owned, had them nearly 3 years and honestly think ill get another 2 out of them, will be going back for more when they start looking a bit tired. Hush puppies bought at hannahs or whoever it is that sells them.
I have 2 sets of asics 2E trainers (one is an indoor crosstrainer and another more ruggered outdoor runner).. Crosstrainer bought at athletes foot and the other pair i bought online from the states and saved over $100 on retail.

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  Reply # 1115188 25-Aug-2014 14:37
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Could try ' Shoe Talk ' in Henderson Auckland

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  Reply # 1115219 25-Aug-2014 15:02
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Amazon, via youshop if require. I have Ecco shoes, they're probably too dressy though. Consider Merrell shoes, very hard wearing but may not be dressy enough. I don't buy Hush Puppies any more, they wear MUCH more quickly than Ecco.




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  Reply # 1115303 25-Aug-2014 16:20
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Thanks, that's really helpful! I've checked out some of your recommendations and I'll also look at the rest.



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  Reply # 1115646 26-Aug-2014 08:41
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Ok, I'm liking Propet. Anybody tried them? I read they're longer (a size larger) than typical. Anyone know? The Propet Pathfinder
looks like one he'd like.

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  Reply # 1115683 26-Aug-2014 09:42
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Check out Shoebuy.com and just search for the wide sizes, I buy all my shoes (which are wide fitting) from there.  In terms of getting the size right, get a pair of cheap one (always some on sale) and try them for size, once size is sorted you are away laughing.  Usually delivered within the week.  Postage can be steep as they courier them but you can always use that NZ Post redirection service or another option to cut the cost down (if you are prepared to wait longer).

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