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Hi all the fellow sufferer.. quick one as anyone notice they cannot get any shoes to fit and need a extra size up?

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Hi Vonnie I’ve just bought a pair of super sensible extra wide shoes from Clarke’s and they are still a bit tight had to swap them for flip flops this morning - not quite the

Look I was going for for my business presentation.

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Aww no way pemb girl I can't find any its driving me nuts x

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I feel your pain. Client visits are not quite the same now wearing sketchers. Nothing I can do about it though.

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Have you tried Vionic shoes? I find them really comfortable...however I do need to use an insole as I have very shallow feet which even when swollen Vionics are still too deep ....but they might suit those with “normal” depth feet.

If you buy from QVC...you can keep them for 30 days & if they aren’t successful you can return them with only loss if p&p.....although that is quite hefty!

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I haven't - I've not heard of them. I'll go and have a look - thank you!

Hope you're keeping well?

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Yes everything good atm thank you....but I always think this disease is like waiting for the second shoe to drop...just when & what will it be?

Look on QVC...they have a good selection of Vionic...I was so disappointed a few weeks back.....they had some great pewter coloured sandals....I ordered them & as they had discreet Velcro straps across the toes I though I could tighten them up......but where you pulled through the buckle...there was a seam limiting how far you could decrease the depth!🥵

Still wearing the old sandals...when I get the wellies off!

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Hi I’m the same sketchers are the best iv got insoles from the hospital as well

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Yes, shoes have become a nightmare.

Clark's trigenic are good, but I think they are narrower this year,I could not find a comfortable pair recently.

Hotter sandals are quite good, but it has not been sandal weather recently!

Other than that I reply on my walking boots.

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I'm relying on a pair of boots I've had fir years and a Chelsea suede ankle boot can't even buy from zara and the likes of them shops no more . X

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Yes, I need a size up now I'm in walking boots for ankle stability. Goodness knows what problems I face with sandals once the warmer weather comes. You usually need to go to the next size for a proper fit if you need custom made insoles too.

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I already had wide feet so it's a bit of nightmare. Pavers do a range of extra wide shoes and some are quite funky. Reebok tend to be wider than average trainers. If/when we get warmer weather Fitflops are very comfy because of the thick soles. Going up a size brings new problems as they can 'slop' on your feet and trip you up unless they are lace-ups or have straps over the instep. When you find some, please do share

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I used to be a very narrow 6.5 to 7 and could not get shoes to fit as the larger sizes came too wide. I loved my heels too. I now am a 7 to 7.5 wide fit and struggle to find any with any style to them and need flats . Clarks trigenic in wide are comfy. Hey ho 🤔😊

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Oh definitely but fitflop brand are really good wide fitting and flexible worth ago.

6 weeks ago I bought a shiatsu electric foot massager. This has made a big difference to me. Swelling in my feet and ankles are well reduced I’m wearing shoes I haven’t been able to wear for ages. My feet are so much more flexible and morning stiffness is barely there. Wish they did a massagers for my hands and for my Achilles tendinitis.This may not be for everyone but it works for me.

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Do you have the name or details of your foot massager please?

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Hi Lizzy-m

It’s Arealer shiatsu foot massager

I got it on Amazon it’s not cheep and I only use the lighter mode or just the pressure mode but wouldn’t be with out it now. Hubby loves it too very relaxing. If you get one hope it works for you.

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Thank you so much . Take care xx

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Crocs, sketchers,Dunlop,and my favourite, happy feet.

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I tend to buy men’s shoes now as they are made to be wider. So instead of size 41 women's shoes I now have size 43 mens...

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I’ve given up trying to find women’s shoes that fit as none are wide enough and now buy men’s shoes like others here. I have orthotics so I take out the insoles to make enough room for them. I have a pair of Skechers trainers, Kickers boots and Birkenstock’s for summer but I can’t walk far in those. Gradually over the years I’ve been reduced to just these shoes. When they wear out I replace them with the same again 😞

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In my worst nightmares I never thought I would say this..... but in desperation I bought a pair of Vionic slip on trainers & I live in them. I have almost persuaded myself I don’t look as if I’m walking around in the shoe box!!

They also make smart shoes.They are expensive..... but I’d pay the earth for comfortable feet.

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Oh please don't talk to me about shoes !! I've bought and given away so many different types this past year I've lost track. I'm wearing a pair of sandals from Clarke's about 5 years ago. Back into walking boots today because of the rain. It really is a pain in the whatnot! I don't think I shall ever feel glamorous again !!

I feel your pain. I really do xxx

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Yes! I have flare and non-flare sets of shoes now! Or shoes that adjust width easily. My feet do go back to normal size once the flare is over :)

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My feet aren’t swollen just wide at the toe joints on one foot because of joint deterioration and previous fractures. Wide fit shoes tend to be wide all over and just fall off my foot. It’s a nightmare.

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My shoes are specially made for me by the NHS.

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Have you got ones that are ok looking. They offered to make me a pair but the woman said they’re not very nice to look at, so I tried to find ones that’ll fit myself.

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Right before I was diagnosed in February 2019, I went up a half size in shoes from a size 9 to a 9.5, and my rings became too tight to wear comfortably. The prednisone and methotrexate took away the inflammation so that I could wear my rings again, and I am now a comfortable size 9 shoe size again. I didn’t get rid of any of my shoes.

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Hi,

I've had to develop a shoe buying strategy because I find it so problematic. I have very wide feet, always have, but now they're even wider. I also have a long foot, so now I aim for a size 8.5 in a shoe and 7.5 in a sandal. They need to be either lace ups or Velcro fastening - because the widest width around my foot is much too wide for slip-ons. So, I order from ECCO on line twice a year, once for winter and then again in spring. I select a few which I think might be okay and send back all but the best pair. It saves me so much time and effort that it's worth paying a bit extra for the convenience and comfort. Their service is great too. It took me a while to work all this out but it works a dream for me. BUT, I agree with other, elegance is a thing of the past - but I don't really care anymore. If Emma Thomas can receive her honours from Prince William in trainers, why should we worry. Good luck with your shoe hunt.

BTW, the foot massage thingy sounds tres interesting too!

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Mwaaaaa. I have a cupboard full of beautiful shoes and boots from Jane Shilton , Carvela, Russel and Bromley. What can I wear? Sketchers or Birkenstock’s. So depressing.

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Yes I've had that problem too.

I discovered Semler shoes, which are very expensive, but I understand they are made from a German last which is wider than most English/Italian ones. Their wide fitting is H and with that width I did not need to go up a size but with the makes mentioned below I did.

I also wear orthotics so need removable insoles..... and have found the Gabor Amulet lace-up in the wide (G) fitting works for me. You could also try Vionic sandals, some of which have adjustable velcro fittings across the foot (great for wide feet) and built in arch support, so I can wear them without orthotics.

For a recent wedding outfit I treated myself to some sparkly rose gold lace-up platform trainer style shoes (from Carvela) which I paired with a jumpsuit (and walking sticks!). The overall look was very Vivian Westwood and I was complimented, which made my day.

Good luck in your hunt!

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Last Saturday I went to the sales at Clark's. I was not very hopeful but was v happy when I discovered Cloudsteppers. All I can say is wow! Oh and I got a pair for 50% off.

clarks.co.uk/Womens/Cloudst...

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I too discovered Cloudsteppers.

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Cloudsteppers are a dream😁

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Sketchers for comfort and I have some old crocks for sunnier days.Really difficult to find anything comfortable and smart.

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I WORE WOMANS 8 1/2 NOW WEAR MENS 9 - LOVE !!!!!! new balance my choice

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Ah, here is something I have experienced. I have had to unload all my boots and shoes, and there were many, for one full size up and wide width with extra cushioning in the insole and as light as possible. Now that I am on a number of meds and the inflammation has gone, my feet still will not go to my previous size. Also, I have sustained damage in one of my feet and they both feel somewhat tingly all the time. The new shoes and boots are expensive but necessary if I want to keep on my feet. So, this is my new normal.

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Love my sketchers and my Nike air as they have adjustable straps over the foot and one on the back of the ankle 🤪

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Hi I know a few people who go to PAVERS also do lots of wide etc .just incase there is one in your area

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