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Shoes that run narrow

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hopsalong Thu 02-Feb-17 00:15:17

I'm sure this has been covered before, but the threads I can find are all about children's shoes or special shops for people with very narrow feet. So I appeal for help please!

I don't have very narrow feet. When I lived in the US (where 'B' is the standard width -- slightly different system, but think their standard women's shoes are narrower) I found shoe-shopping simpler. But my feet are long, pretty narrow, and have a low instep (but quite a high arch) so they are "low volume". Not really sure if it is the relative flatness or narrowness that's the problem but most high street shoes are far too roomy. I am really not a fan of lace-ups or brogues (look great on some people but I don't have ankles and end up looking like a 1950s teacher). So am looking for ballet shoes and pumps that will stay on.

Currently best fits are Zara (but would prefer better quality shoes/ more simple ones), some of the Russell and Bromley brands (like Stuart Weitzman, but so expensive and sort of frumpy too), and Camper (but can only have so many pink and orange shoes). Am tall and prefer flats. Walk a lot and have some back issues so would also strongly prefer rubber soles and some sort of cushioning. M&S Insolia would be good, actually, if not about two sizes two roomy/ wide for appropriate length (European size 40, UK 7 or so). Ecco also too wide. Clarks narrow I've tried, but they just have so few styles available.

Best fit of all is Cole Haan, which I will buy if I am in US, but too difficult to have imported here (have tried). If anyone likes any of these brands, or has the same problem, could you help? I don't think my feet are unusually narrow and am a bit loathe to go down the specialist shop route unless I have exhausted all other options!

fuckingwall Thu 02-Feb-17 00:52:43

Hush Puppies are narrow.

MsUnderstanding Thu 02-Feb-17 10:07:27

I have some Hudsons which are narrow. www.hudsonshoes.com

AllTheBabies Thu 02-Feb-17 10:14:37

Spanish and Italian shoes tend to run narrow. Look at brands like pikolinos and hispanitas. They can be a bit frumpy but there are nicer styles mixed in as well.

Pistachiois50pmore Thu 02-Feb-17 10:42:08

Finery were much too narrow for me, and I've never found shoes narrow before (My main heavy rotation shoes are from Hudson, & Other Stories, Cos, Topshop, Office, Adidas, Acne, Loake, all fine)

hopsalong Thu 02-Feb-17 11:03:41

Thanks all. Hudson is a great recommendation: have never tried a pair on but just looked online and they have some lovely loafers. Allthebabies, agree about Spanish and Italian shoes! I have had some Pikolinos and Sabrinas which were a good fit, though wasn't wild about styling.

Will try &OtherStories again too. Tried on some ballet shoes which fitted quite well but was put off by hard sole.

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