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Matching feet of different sizes

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Neugebauer, May 23, 2006.

  1. Neugebauer

    Neugebauer Welcome New Poster

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    I conceived this idea from one of my clients I saw this past week. This gentlman has two different sizes for feet. He has a 10 on Left and 11 on right.

    My question is: Has anyone found or runs something on the net to help find clients/patients who have different sized feet find their match on the net so they can exchange footwear?

    Your thoughts?

    If there is no such thing would you/ your clinic and patients benefit from such a service?

    Thanks for your time
    Last edited by a moderator: May 23, 2006
  2. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    There is the National Odd Shoe Exchange, but their site is currently down for maintainence, but has been like that for at least a few days, so maybe no longer operating.
  3. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

  4. Neugebauer

    Neugebauer Welcome New Poster

    Hi Craig,

    Thanks for the info.
    Mike Neugebauer
  5. Dawn Bacon

    Dawn Bacon Active Member

    Not sure if they still exist, but an organisation called "sole mates" used to put people with odd sized feet in touch with their opposite counterpart to facilitate shoe exchange between the pair.
    Perhaps a web search would come up with more info?

    Best regards,
  6. Anna Mapp

    Anna Mapp Welcome New Poster

    Simple Way shoes

    There is a company called Simple Way which makes shoes of differing sizes - very reasonable prices £60 ish if I remember rightly, plus a surcharge (£15?)for supplying different sizes. They can accommodate minor deformities in the uppers and are suitable for average to wide feet.

    Hope this helps.

    Anna Mapp
  7. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    Thanks Anna...

    I see the National Odd Shoe Exchange site is back up and those Google cached links above I gave have now gone.
  8. Dragonette

    Dragonette Welcome New Poster

    Hi Peeps - This is neat, contacts for US and UK, thanks for that info, does anyone know of any NZ contact? I have a patient with feet of two different sizes who has big trouble getting shoes to be a comfortable fit on both feet. As an 'at risk' patient this is a clinical issue - and yes we are working with local hospital but it does mean that the hospital may be the only source of shoes, and there may not be a lot of choice for the patient, who, like many, has financial restrictions on buying two pairs of shoes to get one usable. I will at this point praise the hospital service staff who are extremely skillful and helpful and increasing their range for patients. It appears that they may be the only choice of 'shoe shop' for patients with different sized feet and there must be people out there for whom different sized feet is the only issue.
  9. I thought Sole mates were about putting amputees in contact with somebody the same size with the other remaining leg but i could be wrong.
  10. Scorpio622

    Scorpio622 Active Member

  11. Dawn Bacon

    Dawn Bacon Active Member

    Hi Robert,
    I definately used a group called sole mates (run by a really nice woman called Anne) several years ago to help a client who had a need for one shoe size 5 and one size 7 (UK).

    Since that time I have encountered 3 other clients who have a similar need. I searched locally and made (many :eek: ) enquiries and eventually discovered that my local Clarks shop was able to help. The manager of this shop arranges for clients to try on and select shoes at her branch and then orders the specific sizes for them directly from the factory. There is an extra charge for the service, but nothing approaching the cost of 2 pairs of shoes.

    Hope this helps,
  12. Anne McLean

    Anne McLean Active Member

    Hi Polly,

    Clarks used to run a scheme whereby they supplied odd sized shoes and charged an additional 50% for adult’s shoes. For children they charged an additional 25%.

    As far as I understand, Clarks abolished this scheme last year for both adults and children.

    They claimed that, now that their shoes are no longer manufactured in the UK, it is not economically viable to offer this service. Other companies like Hush Puppies and Startrite have already given up similar schemes.

    Sole mates does supply odd sized shoes or shoes for only one foot. This is a voluntary organisation which has a register of over 5,000 people with different-sized feet. Its aim is to match odd-footed people with their opposites, in the hope that they'll be able to share pairs! Failing that, Sole Mates can supply a list of companies offering dissimilar shoes.

    As well as the companies listed above, The British Footwear Association produces a booklet entitled Footwear for special needs at a cost of £3.

    The Disabled Living Foundation produces a useful fact sheet on finding suitable footwear for various needs.

    There is also The British Odd Shoe Exchange which is a resource for single shoes for amputees or for odd sized shoes for people with different sized feet.

    Many manufacturers, mail order companies and orthopaedic footwear companies also provide odd sized shoes.


  13. Dawn Bacon

    Dawn Bacon Active Member

    Thanks for this Anne. I was unaware that Clarks no longer offered this service. Do you by any chance have the contact details of the British Odd Shoe Exchange?

    Many thanks,
  14. Anne McLean

    Anne McLean Active Member

  15. pd6crai

    pd6crai Active Member

  16. jbuckridge

    jbuckridge Member

    If The Shoe Fits Foundation
    PO Box 1529
    Riverton, UT 84065-9998
    Ph: 801-808-7009
    E-Mail: iftheshoefits@desertmail.com

    Need A Shoe
    P. O. Box 371222
    Denver, CO 80237

    One Shoe Crew
    9328 Aizenberg Cir.
    Elk Grove, CA 95624
    Ph/Fax: 916-685-8746
  17. footman1972

    footman1972 Active Member

    Sole Mates
    Ann Cross
    46 Gordon Road
    E4 6BU

    Tel: 0208 524 2423

    Hotter Comfort Concept offer a service for those with significant differences in shoe size - they will provide a 30% discount on the second pair of shoes, provided the customer's GP or Podiatrist provides a letter saying they need this service.

    Martin Nunn
    Podiatry Service Manager
    Hotter Comfort Concept
  18. Dragonette

    Dragonette Welcome New Poster

    Hi all
    I was recently contacted by a company which is going to provide (in Aus and NZ) the choice of 2 different sized shoes, same style, which can be purchased as a pair, Brill - average price, proper fit for for each foot and various widths :)

    so look out for IIFit (2fit) at the shoe shop that FITS Ascent shoes :) thanks folks

    wishing you comfortable patients.

    This is actually really cool as the original post about this was 5 years ago. Many thanks to all previous respondents, hope the antipodean colleagues find this useful. Patience pays.
  19. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    The Guys at Dr. Comfort offer a split size and width fitting service across all their range.
    l believe this service to be available both Aus and USA...and maybe other countries?
  20. Lab Guy

    Lab Guy Well-Known Member

    We charge 1/2 of our wholesale price. Shoes include New Balance, Rockport, SAS, Hush Puppy, Aravon and others.


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