If you have unusually shaped feet, whether they are longer, wider, shorter, or narrower than the rest of the population, you are going to have a difficult time finding shoes. This could be problematic for you because it results in you not being able to find shoes that are your style or are going to be perfectly appropriate for home or work. One option is to go to a specialty shoe store, like Shoes for wide feet at Foster's Wide Shoes, that specializes in selling shoes for people whose feet are not similar to the rest of the population's. Your other option is to find a pair of shoes in regular stores that almost fits you but needs a little modification. Here are some ways that you can have your shoes modified if you choose to go the latter route.
1. Find a Shoe Store That Has a Steamer
If you find a pair of shoes that is slightly too small or if you find a pair of shoes that cramps your toes slightly, you need to be sure that you either modify these shoes or avoid buying them. Shoes that are too small are going to cramp your feet and shoes that are too narrow in the toe area are going to result in bunions that could be very painful for you to deal with. To remedy this issue, you can find a shoe store that has a steamer because they will be able to use steam to heat up the area of your shoe that you need modified. Once the shoe is heated up, they can bend the shoe and stretch it out in the area that is giving you trouble. This will not change the way the outer part of the shoes looks but can give you that extra inch that you need for the shoe to be comfortable.
2. Buy Volume Reduction Pads
If you have particularly small feet, you might find it difficult to wear shoes off the rack because they don't sell your size and your feet will flop around in your shoes. You can make shoes that are too big slightly smaller by using volume reducers. Volume reducers are essentially high-density pads that you can add to your shoes. They are most commonly located on the bottom of the shoe in order to bring your foot up higher to meet the top of the shoe and in the bend of the shoe if it comes up higher than your ankle, where the shoe will simply be extended to actually hit your ankle.