“ Brand: Wider Fit Shoes Ltd / Type: Street shoe / Trainers „
For years I have had a problem buying shoes. Like most women I love shoes , I spend hours looking at them in shops and wishing I could buy any pair I fancied but I have a big problem - the shape of my feet. On a size chart my feet measure as a 3 ½ in length but the width is a EEEE; this is a size not available in High Street shops. My feet are wide across the toe joint but narrow at the heel. Therefore I have to wear shoes that are too wide for most of my foot with either a lace or a strap fitting to stop the shoe falling off my foot.
After many years of wearing shoes which are too narrow for my feet I developed a big problem when walking, basically I couldn't walk without a great deal of pain. A visit to my GP lead to an appointment to see a Physiotherapist at the local hospital, she decided I needed to see a podiatrist and an appointment was arranged. The time for the appointment eventually came around and I was told the problem was caused by wearing shoes that were too small and that I needed an orthotic insert to go in my shoes to try to straighten out the twisted bones in my foot. After another long wait for an appointment I saw another Podiatrist who measured my feet and proceeded to make a temporary insert to fit in my shoe. I was also advised to look for a pair of shoes from The Wider Fit Shoe Ltd.
A quick look on the web showed me that there was a small shop in a local town selling these shoes so the next day I set out to find what was available. From amongst a very limited supply I was able to find one pair that fitted me. A black leather pair, they open wide to enable anyone with swollen or twisted feet to get into them without a struggle. They have two Velcro straps closing over a padded long tongue. They have a strong moulded Polyurethane with extreme shock absorbency sole which after more than year of regular wearing shows only very slight signs of wear. The shoes may not look elegant and are undeniably a bit 'old ladyish' (but then so am I) but they are comfortable and can be worn all day without causing pain.
The shoes are made in England and have a twist control system insole which is rigid at the back and flexible at the front to prevent sideways roll. They have seamfree side panels.
These are part of a wide range of shoes available on line from widerfitshoes.co.uk. The Fife model is available in 4 colours, navy, black, chocolate and beige and in sizes 3 to 8 and widths 4E, 6E and 8E prices are from £69 for 4E to £82 for 8E but 6E and 8E qualify for VAT relief (if you are eligible you will no doubt know) Post and packaging is £5 extra per order not per pair. They can be returned free of charge if the size is wrong for refund or exchange.
These shoes are not cheap. I paid £62.50 over a year ago. I wore them every single day for the first six months until I was able to source more pairs from the same company. I'd love to be able to buy less expensive shoes but ask yourself what price you can put on comfort.