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Re: [RC] riding shoes for difficult feet - Maggie Mieske

My doctor gave me a prescription for orthopedic shoes (diabetes and bunions). ?I chose the tennis shoe kind, and they were custom made for my feet. ?Insurance paid for it but they told me the cost would have been either $120 or $140. ?I've used them for walking, riding, everything. ?I'm getting a new pair this summer when we go back to Michigan, even though I will have to pay the full price!
Maggie Mieske
English Department/Foundation Program
Qatar University
P.O. Box 2713
Doha, Qatar
GMT +3
Office: 974-493-5983
NB Room 234

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From: Lynn White <lynndeepoo@xxxxxxxxx>
To: steph <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 6:41:19 PM
Subject: [RC] riding shoes for difficult feet

I have the same "conformational" problem but not as bad as you.? I have yet to find a woman's shoe that actually fits my fat feet. I've been wearing men's shoes for just about everything except formal occasions. I avoid formal occasions because of the shoe issue.?

Here are my recommendations:? Try bicycling shoes, the ones without the peddle cleats.? The soles are stiff, and you can probably get them in men's sizing. I would never ride a horse in these shoes without a stirrup cage though:? They are kind of "sticky".? I used to wear my bicycling shoes everywhere because they were so darn comfortatable.? Another option is rock climbing shoes.? You can get either the "friction" shoe or the "edge" shoes.? The edge shoes have the stiff sole.? Rock climbing shoes come up over your ankle and provide some ankle support.? Tell the salesmen what you need and perhaps they can help you.? These people want your feet to be comfortable. They'd probably get a kick out of what you want the shoe for.

The third thing you can do is contact the White boot company In Spokane and just have them make you a pair of custom riding shoes.? Look at spending over $250 if you go this route.? But you will get a high quality product fit for you.? White boots will rebuild your shoes for half of what they would cost new...and you will get a pair of shoes/boots back that look brand new.? My husband just got his "rebuilt" boots back (three pair) and they look like they came off the shelf.? If you decide to have Whites build you a shoe do it NOW and don't wait for fire season!? They get kind of back logged in July.? I think they have a website.

What I find funny is that riders will go an Oddyssey? and spend thoussands of dollars to find the perfect fitting saddle and then buy badly fitting shoes. If your feet hurt and you ride poorly because of it no custom saddle is gonna make up for your unbalanced seat.?


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[RC] riding shoes for difficult feet, Lynn White