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Mission impossible - smart, flat, wide fitting and comfortable shoes?

(37 Posts)
Okite Thu 30-Mar-17 14:50:38

Pretty sure these don't exist or I'd have found them years ago sad
I need some smart(ish) shoes for work - have been a SAHM for years so hasn't been an issue for a while! I have big (size 8), wide (e fitting at least plus bunions) and fairly painful feet.
I can't wear heels, I can't wear ballet shoes because they always come across the widest/most painful bit and rub.
Shall I resign myself to buying some men's brogues and be done with it?

CMOTDibbler Thu 30-Mar-17 14:54:09

I've got some patent brogues from Clarks which look nice and are comfy.

Okite Thu 30-Mar-17 15:52:33

Clarks wide fit brogues are out of stock in my size unfortunately, I find clarks still quite narrow generally too.

TinklyLittleLaugh Thu 30-Mar-17 15:54:30

Try Hotter. There are a few gems amongst the frumpy stuff.

CMOTDibbler Thu 30-Mar-17 16:01:44

I found mine on ebay, which is quite a good source of 'wore it once and found they didn't suit' shoes. Sometimes I buy them just to see if they fit me smile

PNGirl Thu 30-Mar-17 16:03:47

Not sure if they'd be wide enough but Ted&Muffy do wide fitting in a size 8 and sell loafers/brogues. Not cheap but they are comfy. I'm wearing some now in a wide size 6!

Semaphorically Thu 30-Mar-17 16:05:52

If you like brogues then buy men's? They tend to be wider fitting.

Okite Thu 30-Mar-17 17:19:18

I don't particularly like brogues semaphorically, it's just that seems the most likely option.
I used to have a lovely pair of really super-soft leather Mary Jane type shoes but funky green (they were clarks ones) but they were in my pre-pregnancy size and no longer fit. Since then I've not worked so have got away with chunky boots and walking sandals.

MichaelSheensNextDW Thu 30-Mar-17 17:33:20

I have similar foot issues OP and usually find something that works well in the M&S wide fitting range. These are nice and also in black I think -

I like to wear trainers for my commute then change into smart shoes when I arrive.

CurlsLDN Thu 30-Mar-17 17:37:05

Heavenly soles go up to EEE fit, quite a lot of them are on sale on Simply Be at the mo

bookbook Thu 30-Mar-17 17:42:56

Do look at Hotter - as someone above said.They are so comfy ,something like this?
various colours

Okite Thu 30-Mar-17 20:57:46

I like the ted & muffy ones (and have never heard of them before!) but they look rather pointy for my feet. I've spent a while going through hotter and have ordered a few pairs to try out, they look quite promising.
Also realised there's a shoe shop nearby which has lots of European brands (rieker etc) which I've never been in (because their window display is awful!) but they might be worth a look.

JustAnotherSod Thu 30-Mar-17 23:23:57

Have a look at Evans - some of their shoes are awful but occasionally they have some decent wide fitting comfy shoes - they tend to be my go to for work shoes.

CointreauVersial Fri 31-Mar-17 18:35:46

Hotter shoes don't come up very wide, believe it or not!

On the High Street I recommend M&S, Clark's or (surprisingly) New Look for a decent range of Wide Fit shoes.

And definitely check out the Rieker shoes in your nearby shop; also Gabor.

Okite Fri 31-Mar-17 20:19:19

I hope hotter are ok after ordering quite a few pairs!
I visited the local shop today which was very helpful, I got a pair of Gabor shoes but I'm not 100% sure of them so will try them out more before deciding. Also found think! were a good brand for my feet but they didn't have the colour I wanted so have looked online and ordered some, hopefully will be ok.
Have discovered in addition to the various other issues, one foot is half a size bigger and by my ankles is very narrow so ALL of the wide fitting ballet-type pumps just gape further up! My feet are not designed for shoes!

Okite Fri 31-Mar-17 20:20:03

And I should say thank you for all the suggestions! flowers

OCSockOrphanage Fri 31-Mar-17 20:25:01

Look at Ecco. Not the cheapest option but fit my boat shaped feet, and offer a decent range of styles and colours.

PurpleAlerts Fri 31-Mar-17 20:31:42

Dorothy Perkins sell wide flat shoes- I bought some nice boots there recently. I know your pain-DH calls them hobbit feet...grin

Mermaidinthesea Fri 31-Mar-17 20:37:04

I'm a 5 EE andf my mum is an 8 EE and we get all our shoes from the over 50's catalogue. You don't have to be over 50!!

Evans has some nice wide shoes too.

BarchesterFlowers Fri 31-Mar-17 20:42:28

I don't have particularly wide feet but Ecco Basels are not narrow (bit wide for me tbh), very comfy and the leather is sort of permanently shiny without it being patent.

I love them, had them for a year now and they are like new.

Love51 Fri 31-Mar-17 20:47:17

Another mention for New Look.

seefeld Fri 31-Mar-17 21:37:14

ASOS sell wide fitting shoes from various brands

MeNeedSleep Fri 31-Mar-17 22:04:04

Vivo barefoot

Okite Sat 01-Apr-17 07:42:36

I tried Vivo barefoot years ago (I much prefer being barefoot to anything so thought they'd be ideal) but they were way too narrow then, I don't know whether they've started doing more width options.
I'll wait on the ones I've ordered for now and see how those are, then try some of the other options if I have no luck

Wincarnis Sat 01-Apr-17 07:47:42

Remonte are another brand worth checking out

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