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Like Converse but comfortable and for normal width feet?

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drspouse Thu 12-May-16 16:26:04

I find Converse incredibly narrow but I like the look, plus anything of that sort (very very flat) is really uncomfortable to walk in pavements on.

Any ideas for an alternative? I had some Johnnie B floral lace ups last summer and while they were really lovely to look at and didn't rub/right width, the soles were paper thin (and they gave up after 1 summer).

CottonSock Thu 12-May-16 16:28:57

Sketchers are wide, many different styles

drspouse Thu 12-May-16 16:31:53

I've just had a look at those and they look a bit too much like trainers. I think it's the sole? Or maybe the slightly nylony look (hmm would I like them if they were cotton like Converse?)? Or maybe it's the fluorescent colours? Not really sure!

rainbowjoy Thu 12-May-16 16:33:39

sports direct sell Dunlop that look exactly like converse, variety of colours and much cheaper. I've never had a problem wearing even without sock liners. If you have smallish feet you can buy the junior ones

RayofFuckingSunshine Thu 12-May-16 16:34:24

Mustang trainers

drspouse Thu 12-May-16 16:38:17

My goodness those Dunlop are cheap as chips!
I would be happy to try a pair just to see if they were OK (I have thrown away so many shoes after about 3 wears angry. Are they at least a little supportive?

Mustang also have that look I would like!

Ages ago I had a lovely pair of Think! leather shoes that looked like Converse (but were leather) and I wore them to death. The next pair I got dug into my heels (I did try them on in a shop but it's hard to tell, and they are pricey). So I'm v wary of buying something expensive that will just get thrown out.

CottonSock Thu 12-May-16 16:39:32

Sketchers are a bit heavy on sole, but can't get much to fit my hobbit feet. I might check out mustang, anyone know where they are stocked on high street?

OnTique Thu 12-May-16 16:39:55

Regarding being too flat and uncomfortable, a decent insert might help.

drspouse Thu 12-May-16 16:41:15

I have tried padded insoles but once they get past a certain size the shoe is then too tight.

SalmonMaki Thu 12-May-16 16:42:09

I find Vans to be much more comfy than Converse for my wide feet, they do hi top styles too in fabric and leather / suede.

maitaimojito Thu 12-May-16 16:44:03

I find the leather converse much more comfortable - have you tried those?

drspouse Thu 12-May-16 16:44:32

Are they not cut to the same width as the fabric converse?

maitaimojito Thu 12-May-16 16:49:30

My leather pair feels way looser. I have the fabric ones which rub my little toes if I wear them for more than a couple of hours. I wore the leather ones on a city break all weekend a few weeks ago with no issues at all. I guess leather is a bit more forgiving and can mould to your foot a bit better?

drspouse Thu 12-May-16 16:55:33

Mmm maybe... but I never got as far as rubbing my toes, the canvas ones squeezed the broad bit of my foot the first time I put them on.

Hopelass Thu 12-May-16 17:04:28


I've just bought a pair off eBay after a recommendation on here and they are sooooo much more comfortable than converse which feel like they're made out of cardboard

Hopelass Thu 12-May-16 17:06:52

There is a slim sole versions.

drspouse Thu 12-May-16 17:15:00

Are they also quite wide fitting Hopelass?

drspouse Thu 12-May-16 17:16:09

(I live in a shoe shop desert so apart from Office half an hour away I can't really try much on)

TrixieBernadette Thu 12-May-16 17:20:00

I live in the Dunlop ones. I have four pairs from the last couple of years in various colours for summer. They're amazing, and I have wide feet that need a lot of support (usually wear wide fit clarks brogues for work!)

drspouse Thu 12-May-16 17:23:34

And I actually have a Sports Direct nearby, astonishingly, I just noticed.

Right, I know what I'm doing on Saturday.

SeaRabbit Thu 12-May-16 17:23:52

I have very floppy feet, and they fit well in leather Converse - they look a lot wider than the fabric ones to me.

I still don't like them much though as they are so flat! I have a pair of canvas lace-ups from Gap years ago that have a little heel and they are so much more comfortable. But not as cool.

Scotslasslivinginfrance Thu 12-May-16 17:33:35

Love Superga and I can wear without socks they don't last forever however if you wear them loads. I also find the leather converse a better fit slightly wider and therefore more comfortable to wear after a short breaking in period.

LindyHemming Thu 12-May-16 17:51:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

moodyblues Thu 12-May-16 17:54:35

I wear the dunlops to work everyday, I'm on my feet for six hours and they have been fantastic!

Hopelass Thu 12-May-16 17:58:07

Yes Op I find the superga wider definitely.

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