For years I was frustrated because I would find a shoe that fit really well and by the time I was ready to replace it, they had discontinued or changed it (with or without any indication that they had done so). In addition, my foot is not typical (relatively narrow heel, but wide in the front) so most shoes weren't right.
Shoes are made on "lasts" that simulate a particular foot shape, but it is usually impossible to get any information about them. A few years ago, I learned that New Balance indicates which shoes are made with which lasts. I learned I can buy any shoe with a SL-2 last in 12.5 EE and it will always fit. This means I can comfortably order shoes online with confidence. I don't know any other maker that does this. I wish they would.
- 11/1/2010 12:00:45 PM