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LesBrass

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#1
If you know me, you will know that I have shoe woes. I have a UK 3e wide foot and I have spent a small fortune and too many hours on trying shoes that will never be wide enough for me.

I have written to several leading brands and asked if they will ship 4e wide shoes from the US to Europe and they (and stores like REI) say they cannot.

New Balance replied and said that in circumstances such as mine they suggest I find a friend who lives in the US who would be happy to act as a middle man and accept a delivery and forward it on for me.

So... I'm just wondering.... if you live in the US... if I ordered a pair of New Balance Leadville 3's in a 4e width would you be happy to ship them on to me... of course I would arrange and pay for all shipping?

:(:oops::rolleyes:
 
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#2
If you know me, you will know that I have shoe woes. I have a UK 3e wide foot and I have spent a small fortune and too many hours on trying shoes that will be wide enough for me.

I have written to several leading brands and asked if they will ship 4e wide shoes from the US to Europe and they (and stores like REI) say they cannot.

New Balance replied and said that in circumstances such as mine they suggest I find a friend who lives in the US who would be happy to act as a middle man and accept a delivery and forward it on for me.

So... I'm just wondering.... if you live in the US... if I ordered a pair of New Balance Leadville 3's in a 4e width would you be happy to ship them on to me... of course I would arrange and pay for all shipping?

:(:oops::rolleyes:
Hi,
Have you tried web sites like MyUS.com that ship to a US post box type facility and then forward globally?
 

davebugg

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#4
If you know me, you will know that I have shoe woes. I have a UK 3e wide foot and I have spent a small fortune and too many hours on trying shoes that will be wide enough for me.

I have written to several leading brands and asked if they will ship 4e wide shoes from the US to Europe and they (and stores like REI) say they cannot.

New Balance replied and said that in circumstances such as mine they suggest I find a friend who lives in the US who would be happy to act as a middle man and accept a delivery and forward it on for me.

So... I'm just wondering.... if you live in the US... if I ordered a pair of New Balance Leadville 3's in a 4e width would you be happy to ship them on to me... of course I would arrange and pay for all shipping?

:(:oops::rolleyes:
:):) LesBrass, I have used the Leadville's in 4e width. Good shoe. I'd be happy to help if I can. Another good New Balance shoe are the 910, and the latest model are the 910 v4, I think. I used the Leadville on my through hike on the Colorado trail and for part of my through hike of the Pacific Crest Trail and had no problems with them at all.
 

LesBrass

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#5
Thank you so much for the replies. I had a look at MyUS but it raised the same problem I have with buying from REI... they wont ship these shoes to europe as there is no license? I have no idea why?

@davebugg it's very good to know that the Leadvilles are good. I literally thought yesterday that I might just have to give up walking as shoes are spoiling everything for me.

As I have two kind offers I will go with the first kind person! @Pilar I'll sent you a PM

Honestly thank you for replying... I just hope they work out for my feet! Below is my footprint beside my Altra lone peak insole... you can see it's quite wide :eek:

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davebugg

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#6
Thank you so much for the replies. I had a look at MyUS but it raised the same problem I have with buying from REI... they wont ship these shoes to europe as there is no license? I have no idea why?

@davebugg it's very good to know that the Leadvilles are good. I literally thought yesterday that I might just have to give up walking as shoes are spoiling everything for me.

As I have two kind offers I will go with the first kind person! @Pilar I'll sent you a PM

Honestly thank you for replying... I just hope they work out for my feet! Below is my footprint beside my Altra lone peak insole... you can see it's quite wide :eek:

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I am glad things are heading to a resolution for you. Keep in mind that, while the Leadvilles worked quite well for my feet, that might not be the same case for the next person; feet are different for each individual with varying pronation/supination issues, bone spurs, plantar's fasciitis issues, bunions, metatarsal issues, etc.

If you find that things aren't feeling quite right, many times a third party insole can make the difference. With many variations and companies producing insoles, it can be as daunting to find the right insole (if one is needed) as it is to find the right shoe.

My best wishes to you, and I am hopeful your feet will be happy with the new shoes. :)
 

Kanga

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#8
@LesBrass as you know I wear sandals. But I do wear shoes in winter at home. How do you find the Altra Lone Peaks?
 

LesBrass

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#9
@LesBrass as you know I wear sandals. But I do wear shoes in winter at home. How do you find the Altra Lone Peaks?
I did the VdlP in the lone peaks and they were good. I did develop some a weird foot pain and I wonder if maybe I didn't spend enough time getting used to the zero drop. I got the shoes a week before I left. But the traction was great, I felt comfortable and they are nice and wide... and so light and they dry quickly when it's wet.

I bought the new version the the Lone Peak and whilst they still feel comfy they have changed the Upper ever so slightly and it pulls the shoe in right on to top of my little toes. I had horrible blisters as a result when walking the CP. I think it is just bad luck that the rubber/stiching falls right at the top of my toe so it could be different for someone else.

I walk in my Teva sandals but I do prefer a shoe... and can you believe I even get blisters from my Tevas? But I will always take them as a second shoe and I like to alternate as I think that's good too.

And yes, the narrow heel is also a problem as a mans shoe is often wider in the heel... but I can live with that if I can solve the width problem. I am just hoping that the Leadville in the 4E width will do the trick.

What Sandals do you wear?
 

Kanga

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#10
Ecco Off-Roads. Not the light version. Currently the anniversary model, very pretty. Although were an overall dune colour and needed a good scrub with a toothbrush after the Madrid!

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Rick of Rick and Peg

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#12
Below is my footprint beside my Altra lone peak insole... you can see it's quite wide
Ah @LesBrass you have feet just like mine!
@LesBrass, looking at the picture of the outline of your foot with the insole of your boot I see something that might be a bit of help. I recently learned that there are pairs of socks sold where there is a distinct left and right sock. Instead of both toe ends formed in a rectangular box these end in a parabolic arc in a different direction for each foot. The advantage is that there is not a wad of excess cloth between your toes and the shoe. Here's a link to start you off: left and right socks
 

peregrina2000

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#13
Ha! I just found this thread because I was doing a search for Altra shoes. Seems I also missed out on the opportunity to be a nice person, but in fairness it was because I did not understand that "Post some Leadvilles for me" meant "Would you mail me some extra wide shoes" and not "would you post a picture of leadvilles (the very popular annual bike race through the Colorado Rockies) on the forum". Ah, the miscommunications between us English speakers!

But back to the original reason I am here, I too have that annoying bump that makes my foot so much wider in the metatarsal area. Someone had suggested the Altra, which looks like a shoe for ducks, Kanga, so maybe it will work for us. But I found the heel part flapping all up and down. I also have orthotics that have to fit into the shoe, big heavy but very cushiony silicone orthotics. I have to give up on my current shoe because the pressure the top part puts on my toes gives me extremely painful corns between my toes.

So essentially my feet are a mess and it seems like fixing one problem causes another. Do you think it's worth playing around with the Altras, or is it likely that a shoe made with the intention of not having any elevation in the heel would not work well with an orthotic?
 

LesBrass

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#14
@peregrina2000 no worries... I've had so many offers of help I could buy a shoe shop :D The biggest problem now is finding/deciding on which size (I'm waiting to hear back from New Balance before ordering).

I feel your pain with finding a shoe that is simply comfortable. I thought I had a good shoe with Altra but none of them have been quite right... but they are close!

I wore Altra Lone Peak 3.0 on the Via. This was a good shoe, perhaps a little loose in the upper but wide enough for my fat square toes. I never walked in zero drop shoes before and they do suggest walking them in ... I did get a lot of foot pain, which has since gone. It might not have been related but it started on day 2 and I've never had it before? BUT no blisters and the shoe was light and good traction.

I tried to buy another pair when I got home but it was being replaced by the Lone Peak 3.5 and I couldn't buy my size. I did eventually buy the Lone Peak 3.5 . My foot felt more secure in the shoe which was good but this change meant that my little toe was pushed under the next toe and I had horrible blisters as a result. I wore it on the Rota and the CP in November and even on a hike this week and every time the same blisters. But... this might just be because of where my little toe ends up in the shoe? But I'm not trying them again.

I also tried the Olympus 2.0 in the same size as the Lone Peak 3.0. This was a great shoe and I wore it last year on the CF but it was far too narrow for my foot and I had so many inbetween toe blisters... but ooh they felt like little cushions on my feet :D I did buy a size up in the new Olympus 2.5 but that was huge and the heel felt stiff and uncomfortable.

In short I really would like the Altra to work for me but their sizing is very hard to get right. They certainly run small so you will need to go up a size. But they are light, they were great to walk in, good grip, coped in wet and dry and they dried quickly... but it's all about the width and my square feet just don't work in the new style.

If you can try a few pairs it will help you get an idea of the sizing?

The biggest problem I have is that I try them at home for a week or so and they feel great but as soon as I walk 10-20km the problems start to show... so I have a collection of hardly worn shoes :(

I did also try Topo Athletic terraventure at home and they were quite nice but a smidge too narrow so they went back... as did the Inov-8 Trailtalons, which I loved but they too were just a tad narrow too.

My biggest problem is that here I have to rely on shoes that are roomy rather than specifically made as a wide fit shoe and for some reason wide fit sold in the US but not in Europe... but now I have an army of senders I can order at leisure... this could be akin to the search for the holy grail :eek:

I hope this helps... courage as they say in France :)
 

peregrina2000

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Wow, very helpful. Thanks so much. I have always worn hiking shoes, like Salomons, but this year I may do something wild and crazy and just go with a regular old running shoe. Since my feet always seem to get wet in the rain anyway, notwithstanding all the fancy rainproofing the shoes have, I'm not sure what the advantages are. And I assume even though running shoes may get wetter, they also dry a lot more quickly. Thanks again, I will have to mull this over.
 

LesBrass

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#16
Wow, very helpful. Thanks so much. I have always worn hiking shoes, like Salomons, but this year I may do something wild and crazy and just go with a regular old running shoe. Since my feet always seem to get wet in the rain anyway, notwithstanding all the fancy rainproofing the shoes have, I'm not sure what the advantages are. And I assume even though running shoes may get wetter, they also dry a lot more quickly. Thanks again, I will have to mull this over.
I did get wet a few times but I never found it noticeably more than my old Salomons... but the shoes do dry very quickly and that was a bonus. Having said all this my husband wears merrell moab shoes and loves them... they do these in a wide in the US so I might try them too :rolleyes:

good luck!
 

kirkie

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#17
Lesbrass, I just checked your location, France. I will add two references for you to check out. You might be able to find a Meindl stockist. I have boots and shoes of that brand, and am afraid that I only stop wearing them in the summer when I move into sandals. I went hunting the other day for a new pair and no other brand that I tried gave me the immediate knowledge that they were right for me. I have a fat foot, square toes, high instep. Meindl.co.uk, and http://www.independent.co.uk/extras...en-wide-feet-under-100-gore-tex-a6837471.html. The only shoes, or rather sandals I ever bought sight unseen were Birkenstocks, because I know their fit. Good luck with your final choice.
 
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Wow, very helpful. Thanks so much. I have always worn hiking shoes, like Salomons, but this year I may do something wild and crazy and just go with a regular old running shoe. Since my feet always seem to get wet in the rain anyway, notwithstanding all the fancy rainproofing the shoes have, I'm not sure what the advantages are. And I assume even though running shoes may get wetter, they also dry a lot more quickly. Thanks again, I will have to mull this over.
p.s. my most favourite shoe ever is the Salomon X Ultra... if they came in a wide fit I'd buy at least 10 pairs :rolleyes:
 
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Lesbrass, I just checked your location, France. I will add two references for you to check out. You might be able to find a Meindl stockist. I have boots and shoes of that brand, and am afraid that I only stop wearing them in the summer when I move into sandals. I went hunting the other day for a new pair and no other brand that I tried gave me the immediate knowledge that they were right for me. I have a fat foot, square toes, high instep. Meindl.co.uk, and http://www.independent.co.uk/extras...en-wide-feet-under-100-gore-tex-a6837471.html. The only shoes, or rather sandals I ever bought sight unseen were Birkenstocks, because I know their fit. Good luck with your final choice.
Many Thanks very much for the links. I have tried on some Meindl boots but sadly they were not wide enough for me. I've heard lots of good thinks about Birkinstocks so I might invest in some sandals for everyday use and see how I get on... I have a friend who says they are wonderful too.
 

kirkie

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#20
Lesbrass, I went trawling on the net for shops in Vienna, as I once got really nice shoes there, wide fit. Then I thought: have a look to see what shows up around your own locality. A bit of a wild goose chase. I think if you organise an expedition to a good outdoor shop within a day's trip of where you live, you will possibly find what you want. it would be so disappointing if you got them online and they didn't fit. And you could have a lovely lunch while you are out for the day!
 

t2andreo

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#22
Another idea is to ask if anyone is making the trip over to Europe anytime soon. If they are checking a bag, it might be possible to include your shoes. If you ask, the worst they can say is "no." But seriously, does one pilgrim refuse another anything...ever?

Once in the EU, posting it to wherever you are is easy. The cost of shipping a pair of shoes from the US could easily exceed the value of the shoes. PLUS, the poste will stop it on arrival until you come to ransom the parcel by paying VAT / BTW on the declared value. You will end up paying something like double the price of the shoes.

Asking a friend or fellow peregrino to piggyback their trip is the cheapest way to get the shoes to you. Basically you order and pay for the shoes, but have them shipped to the friend in the US. They pack the shoebox in their checked luggage and carry them overseas for you. As the douane / customs virtually never hassle folks arriving from North America, this is a "no-brainer." Over the years, I have offered this service to friends in Belgium and Spain many times. This is how I keep some of my American friends living in Spain supplied with peanut butter...an acquired taste...:p

I am flying over on 10 April, arriving Ponferrada later on 11 April. I would be happy to do this for you, or another peregrino. I need to post luggage from there to Santiago on 12 April anyway. So I will need to go to the post office / correos.

If you are interested, send me a PM.
 
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HedaP

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#23
I too am late to this thread. I have hobbit feet, albeit not hairy or at least not very!:D First camino I wore topo athletic and they were fantastic but the uppers had small holes in them by Leon, not that that was a big issue. Second camino I wore Altra lone peak and while I had no problem with blisters and the uppers lasted much longer, I did not like them anywhere near as much as the topo. In both brands the soles way outlasted the uppers. I did prefer the altra treads because their grip was excellent but I believe topo offers similar types of treads now.
The problem is that I haven’t bought either topo shoes or altras for well over 12 months. These companies seem to keep changing their styles and their shoe shape with each new version so I hestitate to make any definite recommendations but topo athletic might be an option worth looking at?
bTW I tried New Balance and they didn’t work for me but Australia seems to be far more limited in the way of available options then the States or Europe. Far smaller population so it isn’t economically viable for shops to get a wide range of options. Instead as a general rule they seem to go for the one size fits all version. :(
Hope you find something.
 
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trecile

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#24
@peregrina2000 no worries... I've had so many offers of help I could buy a shoe shop :D The biggest problem now is finding/deciding on which size (I'm waiting to hear back from New Balance before ordering).

I feel your pain with finding a shoe that is simply comfortable. I thought I had a good shoe with Altra but none of them have been quite right... but they are close!

I wore Altra Lone Peak 3.0 on the Via. This was a good shoe, perhaps a little loose in the upper but wide enough for my fat square toes. I never walked in zero drop shoes before and they do suggest walking them in ... I did get a lot of foot pain, which has since gone. It might not have been related but it started on day 2 and I've never had it before? BUT no blisters and the shoe was light and good traction.

I tried to buy another pair when I got home but it was being replaced by the Lone Peak 3.5 and I couldn't buy my size. I did eventually buy the Lone Peak 3.5 . My foot felt more secure in the shoe which was good but this change meant that my little toe was pushed under the next toe and I had horrible blisters as a result. I wore it on the Rota and the CP in November and even on a hike this week and every time the same blisters. But... this might just be because of where my little toe ends up in the shoe? But I'm not trying them again.

I also tried the Olympus 2.0 in the same size as the Lone Peak 3.0. This was a great shoe and I wore it last year on the CF but it was far too narrow for my foot and I had so many inbetween toe blisters... but ooh they felt like little cushions on my feet :D I did buy a size up in the new Olympus 2.5 but that was huge and the heel felt stiff and uncomfortable.

In short I really would like the Altra to work for me but their sizing is very hard to get right. They certainly run small so you will need to go up a size. But they are light, they were great to walk in, good grip, coped in wet and dry and they dried quickly... but it's all about the width and my square feet just don't work in the new style.

If you can try a few pairs it will help you get an idea of the sizing?

The biggest problem I have is that I try them at home for a week or so and they feel great but as soon as I walk 10-20km the problems start to show... so I have a collection of hardly worn shoes :(

I did also try Topo Athletic terraventure at home and they were quite nice but a smidge too narrow so they went back... as did the Inov-8 Trailtalons, which I loved but they too were just a tad narrow too.

My biggest problem is that here I have to rely on shoes that are roomy rather than specifically made as a wide fit shoe and for some reason wide fit sold in the US but not in Europe... but now I have an army of senders I can order at leisure... this could be akin to the search for the holy grail :eek:

I hope this helps... courage as they say in France :)
I have had a pair of New Balance Leadvilles, and I'd say that they fit pretty true to size, if not a bit larger. I have a pretty narrow foot, and the Leadvilles didn't work for me. I wear the much narrower NB Vazee Summit.
 

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