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Thread: My Feet : Narrow, Braod or Normal

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    Mini Goon
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    Boot manufacturers apparently have 'lasts' and using these they make different models/styles with narrow, broad or normal feet in mind.

    Now! How do I determine what kind of feet I have?!

    Any length and width ratios involved here?

    Thanks.


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    There is a measuring device called a Brannock device or something like that. It takes many differnet measurements including width, how far back the wide point is, etc etc.

    Well equipped shops with expert boot fitters will tend to use them, although expert boot fitters will usually be able to tell the kind of feet you've got and which manufacturers are right for you, just by looking.

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    And if you can't find a measuring device in a boot shop, try a good shoe shop that also caters for children (as they may be set up for measuring).

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    Yeh, good boot stores have staff specially trained in fitting, so all you need to do now is find one. The variations in feet are many, I for example need wide forefoot, narrow heel.Make sure you spend time trying on and on and on........it's worth it.

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    If you're anywhere near london I know a guy who fits boots pretty well....

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    Thanks everyone for your advice :-)

    Website of Brannock Device has useful info on this topic.
    http://brannock.com/cgi-bin/start.cg...tructions.html

    Today, I asked around in seven shops in Worthing, West Sussex; including Millets and Blacks. None of them had this device or anyone specially trained.

    Clarkes had their own measuring device. For width, it measured all around the widest part of the foot, over the bones. Luckily, the salesman seemed to know what he was doing. He told me that width is 48 or G. He pointed out that this 'G' is useful only when buying Clarkes shoes.

    He said Clarkes do not make proper hiking boots and adviced me to go to Peglers in Arundel; some 30 miles away.

    Since manufacturers don't make boots in different widths (unlike Clarkes) I guess it is a qusetion of finding a manufacturer that is right for my feet; as 'Winter Blue' and 'KarenH' suggest.

    hmmmmm...
    Wish it was simple as ordering the "Best Buy" by TGO or OM !

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    the brannock devise is generally just a guide as unfortunately at the moment there is no specific size standards for lasts - therefore manufacturers will come up slightly different - i'm a product specialist for blacks in london and have done a lot of work with brasher / anatom / superfeet etc and it can be very difficult.
    most blacks should have a brannock device in store and at least have someone who knows who to use it properly, and on behalf of blg i apologise that we didnt in the store you visited.(try blacks fenchurch st) all the london stores have good footwear technicians.
    Using a brannock will enable you to get your length, arch lentgh and width measured and therefore instantly recognising what boots will and wont fit eg scarpas tend to be quite narrow (except the enigma which is very 'roomy') and meindl quite wide.
    then we go on to heel lift, pronation, supernation, lacing techniques, 3mm, 4mm and 5mm volume adjusters, superfeet, and obviously the sock you wear which plays a hugely important part in the comfort and fit of the boot.

    sorry seem to have rambled on a bit there - any questions?

    samski


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