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Old 05.02.2011, 20:03
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Me and my big American feet

So, I stand a nice, regal height, and I have feet that are proportional to my body. Which means US size 13. Which, in turn, means that the vast majority of Swiss shoe shops carry NOTHING in my size.

While I'm not afraid of internet commerce, shoes are one of those things that I really like to try on before I buy. Everyone's feet are so particular, I hate buying online here.

What do people who stomp out forest fires on weekends do around here for footwear?
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So, I stand a nice, regal height, and I have feet that are proportional to my body. Which means US size 13. Which, in turn, means that the vast majority of Swiss shoe shops carry NOTHING in my size.

While I'm not afraid of internet commerce, shoes are one of those things that I really like to try on before I buy. Everyone's feet are so particular, I hate buying online here.

What do people who stomp out forest fires on weekends do around here for footwear?
There is this shoe shop in Zurich catered to men with big feet. I got size 12, which I guess is borderline acceptable here in Switzerland.
Here are various links to shoestores which carry bigger sizes:

www.google.ch/search?hl=de&safe=off&q=gro%C3%9Fe+schuhe+zurich&a q=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=

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So, I stand a nice, regal height, and I have feet that are proportional to my body. Which means US size 13. Which, in turn, means that the vast majority of Swiss shoe shops carry NOTHING in my size.

While I'm not afraid of internet commerce, shoes are one of those things that I really like to try on before I buy. Everyone's feet are so particular, I hate buying online here.

What do people who stomp out forest fires on weekends do around here for footwear?
You must live on some distant Alp. I wear 12 or 13 depending on brand and find shoes with no problem in Basel or even Rheinfelden. I agree with you on internet purchases of shoes - improperly fitting shoes are instruments of torture.
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Re: Me and my big American feet

I'm a 13 or 14 and I shop at the place LiB mentioned. It's called Sascha's. I'm on the small side of their customer base, by the way.
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Re: Me and my big American feet

Make a day trip to Beckley in Lyon. My husband wears a size 12 American, (size 44 Euro) and he just bought two pairs of dress shoes there, no problem. They have 45's and 46's as well for great prices.

2 pairs of dress shoes were 99 euros per pair, (during the sales) and they are really, really nice quality, comparable to Johnston & Murphy.
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Make a day trip to Beckley in Lyon. My husband wears a size 12 American, (size 44 Euro) and he just bought two pairs of dress shoes there, no problem. They have 45's and 46's as well for great prices.

2 pairs of dress shoes were 99 euros per pair, (during the sales) and they are really, really nice quality, comparable to Johnston & Murphy.
Male size 12 US is a 46 Euro.

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Re: Me and my big American feet

Hubby has big feet too, he finds what he needs on the german side.
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Hubby has big feet too, he finds what he needs on the german side.
But what about SHOES?
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Size 12 US is a 46 Euro.
Dress shoes are a little tricky.
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How do you think I feel with UK size 13 equating to a Euro size 49

Saying that the MBT shop has a few size 49s
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How do you think I feel with UK size 13 equating to a Euro size 49

Saying that the MBT shop has a few size 49s
Yeah - I'm a UK 12, EUR 48. I've seen a lot of heads scratched today.
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Dress shoes are a little tricky.
Especially since, at my size, I usually prefer elongated toe boxes in dress shoes. not to mention they are pricey, and so important stylewise, on top of comfort and support.
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You must live on some distant Alp. I wear 12 or 13 depending on brand and find shoes with no problem in Basel or even Rheinfelden. I agree with you on internet purchases of shoes - improperly fitting shoes are instruments of torture.
Brugg isn't that far off in woods. But everyone seems perplexed that one's feet could be so big here.
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Re: Me and my big American feet

You can go into any Vögele shoe shop and inspect the larger sizes.

On the Vögeli label are two numbers, for instance "39 - 48" choose a pair you like and go to the cash desk. You then order maybe sizes 47 and 48. Leave your phone number and they call you back after about 5 days (In a broad Swiss dialect) informing you the shoes are there. Try them on and buy the pair that fits you.

Very easy and not expensive at all.

I think you do know there is a difference between US and UK shoe sizes, (US are about half a size smaller) but I don't think the Swiss do know.
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Yeah - I'm a UK 12, EUR 48. I've seen a lot of heads scratched today.
It's probably not much use to you but clarks in the UK (http://www.clarks.co.uk) have all style in a UK 12. If you are ever over on business that's where I get my 13s from. They have some pairs in store occasionally. I just buy all the 13s they have when I go in and then leave with a huge Cheshire cat style grin

Their men's active air shoes are very comfortable
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Re: Me and my big American feet

I don't know about guys shoes but I'm a female bigfoot - size 42 - which is borderline for most shops - and even if you find shoes in that size it's in granny style (and whilst I am not a teenager I'm not THAT old). Anyway, for me the solution is really to shop in Germany - it seems they just have bigger feet there! Much more choice.
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It's probably not much use to you but clarks in the UK (http://www.clarks.co.uk) have all style in a UK 12. If you are ever over on business that's where I get my 13s from. They have some pairs in store occasionally. I just buy all the 13s they have when I go in and then leave with a huge Cheshire cat style grin

Their men's active air shoes are very comfortable
I actually expect to get over to the UK somewhat often, so that does help.
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I actually expect to get over to the UK somewhat often, so that does help.
12s aren't really a problem in the uk so don't limit yourself to clarks
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Re: Me and my big American feet

"High and Mighty" is a long established, well known UK retailer of clothing and shoes for above average sized men (is that a good way of putting it? ). They have several stores located around the UK and 3 in Central London. It's been a very long time since I've been in one of the London stores to check out their gear in my then "shopping assistant" capacity to a Mr High and Mighty but will do so again soon, purely out of interest, to see how their range has developed since then. The website looks pretty good to me ... Anyway, happy shopping when you get to the UK and as already mentioned on the thread, don't limit yourself to Clarks alone, even though I am a big fan of their womens range of excellent, stylish and comfortable shoes and boots. Total feet nirvana in my view .
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I actually expect to get over to the UK somewhat often, so that does help.
I tried buying shoes here, but apart from a pair of snowboard boots specially ordered, I never really found a satifactory shop. One shop assistant even seemed offended when I asked I they could order a larger size in!

I get all my shoes back in the UK now, I know the shops that have my size and styles that I like.

For formal shoes, Jones Bootmakers was always pretty good. A previous poster mentioned Clarks, and they do have larger sizes, but I've never had a comfortable pair from there. For truly comfortable walking shoes and hiking boots, I'd recommend OpenAir in Cambridge, I sometimes make the trip out especially.

Added advantage is the pound is cheap and shops are cheaper anyway.
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