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How would you solve this different shoe size problem?

Asked by john65pennington (29163points) May 13th, 2012

I believe everyone has this shoe size problem, where one foot is longer than the other. I have always had this problem, since one foot is a size 13 and the other is a 12.5. For years, I have stuffed an old half-sock into the smaller shoe, in order to make it fit my smaller foot. I know there has to be better solution to my problem.

Question: what techniques do you use, if one of your feet is smaller than the other?

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Kardamom's avatar

There are some places online where you can get single shoes, either through swapping with other people who have the same problem, only on the opposite foot, or by getting mis-matched shoes.

Here’s one called Odd Shoe Finder

This one is called Healthy Shoe Store

I also read that some shoe stores will offer single shoes of different sizes, but there will most likely be a surcharge for that service. You might want to call around to a handful of your local shoestores to see if any of them offer that service.

ragingloli's avatar

Simple: you shorten the longer foot. All you need is a knife.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Same problem with my feet. I use a shoe pad like this one. Every time I have needed one for a potential shoe purchase, the store has provided one or more at no charge. They work really well in preventing the shorter foot from sliding forward. It’s a lot more comfortable on the toes than stuffing the front of a shoe.

Another option, although I haven’t tried it, may be to wear a second sock on the shorter foot.

I finally found a brand of shoe that almost always fits really well without any type of adjustment needed. Maybe it’s because I only buy flats these days.

You aren’t wearing heels, are you? That is the only style of shoes where I’ve had to use a shoe pad. :)

CWOTUS's avatar

Um… I think that if everyone had the problem then shoes would be marketed much differently than they are… like women’s two-piece bathing suits.

It’s not a terrifically uncommon problem, I’m sure. Maybe you could find your “opposite twin”, like the two GIs who each lost a leg during a war. One had lost his left leg, the other his right. Since they had the same taste in clothing (and footwear) and wore the same size shoe, they agreed to send the other the unused shoe in each pair they bought.

You just need to find someone with the same taste in shoes, and the opposite problem. That might be a more difficult proposition. Maybe you could cut off one of your feet, and then it would be a simpler deal to find someone who just needs a shoe in your size for that foot.

Bent's avatar

I do have one foot smaller than the other but it’s less than half a size. I wear a cushioned insole in one shoe only, this seems to make it tight enough.

ucme's avatar

WWJD…..embrace the open toed sandal, see those pinkies breathe.

JLeslie's avatar

I agree an extra insole pad will shorten up the other shoe usually. Even just a pad that is pade for the front half of the shoe. If it is a complete half size less, for some shoes you might buy two pairs of shoes. Athletic shoes for instance where fitting can impact your safety. But, usually an extra insole pad and even adding another sock on that foot (as someone suggested above) or both should solve the problem.

Most people have feet two different sizes, for some it is more exaggerated than others. My right foot is bigger. My left hip an left brast are bigger. I have more hair on my right side. All a little uneven.

This is why people should always check the size of both shoes in the box, because dishonest people take the two different sizes home with them, and leave two different sizes for the next person.

I like @Pied_Pfeffer find some brands fit well, probably right inbetween the two sizes where the right foot breaks in the shoe a little, and the left one is snug enough. Especially shoes worn with socks, or open sandals it doesn’t matter as much. Shoes worn with stockings or closed shoes with bare feet are the most difficult for me.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Get semi-custom made shoes, like these. Not cheap but will fit each foot without stuffing a sock in the shoes.


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mowens's avatar

Where’d you go John? :(

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Maybe the shoe store

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