Monday, 30 August 2004
|1457 - Buying shoes can be a pain|
I need a pair of shoes. For various reasons, these need to be styled like dress oxfords, in black, but with steel toes and slip-resistant soles (and the more obviously non-standard for dress oxfords, the better). I also need to be able to spit-shine them to within an inch of their lives - yes, to the military standard "see your reflection in them".
Several companies make almost the right thing. Red Wing and Dickies have stuff that will almost work, plus or minus the shine (the texture of the surface isn't quite smooth enough to make me comfortable with them, although I suspect they will work). I even found some at a local store, but, this being Fairmont, the size selection was limited to everything but my size.
My feet are a bit hard to fit. I have very tall arches, and short and wide soles - 7-1/2 to 8, in E-EE width. I can find something to wear, usually, but if I'm looking for a specific shoe, it gets harder. I suspect I'm going to have to go visit the Red Wing store in Mankato to find what I'm looking for. If I were going to visit Paul's parents in Merrill, Wisconsin, I'd go hit the factory store of a manufacturer there, but that's a 6-hour drive that I don't have any other plans to make before Christmas, and I need them sooner than that.
Addendum: Looks like the Red Wing 4408 is what I'm looking for...
current mood: annoyed
These might work. They look similar.
I went military because of your suggestion about the shine.Link
Just got off the phone with Nokomis Shoes in my neighborhood. This is one of the stores that my father-in-law gets his Red Wings at.
They are presently out of that style, but the owner is in Red Wing today picking shoes up. He is going to call me back if they get any in that are the size and style you are looking for. If you are going to be going through the Twin Cities, you might want to check them out.
Or maybe this?
I doubt New Rock is going to have your size and width requirements met, though.
I feel your pain. I have what my daughter calls "boat feet". I either have to mail order shoes or go to the big shoe warehouse and scour every aisle trying on pair after pair looking for my 6 1/2 EE's. It's so discouraging. My daughters have perfect feet...like 8 1/2 or 9 Mediums. Good for them.