Why Rollbar Makes Superior Running And Walking Shoes

If you have unusual sized feet, you want the most comfort for your feet that you can get.  Quality shoes are probably not simple to find in your size, so once you see them, you want something perfect for your feet. 

Shoes that are equipped with rollbar have many benefits and are the sign of a high quality shoe. Rollbar help with the motion control of the foot. If you’re walking or running for exercise, you want to keep your foot steady for safety. Shoes with rollbar will do just that. Rollbar keep the rear of the foot stable to keep the foot from twisting and turning. Rollbar also reinforce the side walls of the shoe to keep the foot stabilized. During activities like walking or running, stability is essential. Sure, you want your shoes to fit to prevent them from being too tight. You also wouldn't want your foot sliding out. The rollbar keeps the benefits of a well-fitted shoe in place. It’s another feature of a shoe that is made of high quality material. The better the quality of shoe, the longer it will last and the more benefits that it will provide for your feet.    

XL Feet has a couple of great choices in men’s rollbar shoes including:

MW928 Men's health walker
M1540 Men's running shoe

If you have an unusual size foot, XL Feet can accommodate you with high quality shoes for sport and casual dress. Take a look on our site and see that you don’t have to have a narrow selection just because you have XL Feet!  
Why Having Big Feet Is Amazing

At XL Feet, we say that “Fitting Extra Large Feet Is No Extra Large Feat! ®” yet, do we ever think of all the advantages to having big feet? Below, you’ll find some of the most prominent benefits to the tremendous asset of your feet. 

Big Feet Help You To Be A Better Athlete

Large feet help you to get a bit more motion in the pool. Some of the top Olympic swimmers are known to have pretty big feet. It’s like having your own built-in pair of flippers!

If you’re a runner, it's been shown that you’re better able to sprint if you have larger feet. It has to do with the size of your toes. Prominent feet may also support better balance, especially on uneven terrain. Your knees are also better supported when you have larger feet because there is better shock absorption coming from the bottom of your legs.  Many of the guys (including he founder who wears size 16EE) report the feel of a sort of cushion just beneath the ball of your foot when they try on the New Balance 1540.  The 1540 by New Balance is arguably the best running shoe for men with large size and wide width feet.  It's made to size 16, and is offered in widths from B Narrow, D, EE, 4E, and 6E Wide.

Finding shoes for your big feet used to be difficult. Now, it’s easier than ever to get your fit with the XL Feet store. If your shoe size is hard to find, we’re sure to have it! Contact us today because one thing is for sure- we LOVE big feet.  

Big Mens Wool Socks to size 17

Large size and big mens wool socks have always been known as a superior sock with inherent properties that really do a foot good.  Merino Wool Socks are made from merino wool, the finest wool used in high-end athletic footwear.  This wool comes from the merino sheep. Originally from Alentejo, South Portugal, these sheep have been prized for their wool since the Middle Ages.  Woven wool garments have dated back thousands of years, but since the dawn of time, there have been guys with big feet who couldn't find large size wool socks for men that fit. Today they finally can.  XLFeet makes available a wide variety of Extra Extra Large Merino Wool Athletic socks for outdoor enthusiasts and for guys who just want a quality wool sock to wear around the house.  In the past, hikers, runners, hunters and mountain climbers alike have complained about socks that get wet, stay wet, bunch, slip and cause blisters. With new technology being used in the construction of athletic footwear, finally hikers, hunters, runners, and mountain climbers with large and wide feet can sigh a breathe of relief. 

Throughout the years, numerous outdoor enthusiasts have complained about socks that would get wet, and stay wet. Merino Wool fibers quickly wick the moisture AWAY from your feet, WHERE IT SHOULD BE! The moisture then evaporates, LEAVING YOUR 2 BIG FEET DRY! Most every person who has ever climbed a mountain, or novice who has hiked up a steep hill, can remember an excursion that was ruined because they were wearing inferior athletic footwear.  Their socks got wet, they got sick, and then had to descend back to base camp, or go home in the case of the novice hiker.  How frustrating to know your colleagues reached the summit, but your socks held you back.  Weather its, the Andes Mountains or Superior Hiking Trail, anybody who has embarked on a trek with merino wool socks would agree they would never switch back.

Merino Wool Athletic Socks are the pinnacle of athletic footwear. These socks are coveted and ideal for hikers, hunters, runners, and mountain climbers with large feet. The Merino Wool fibers readily absorb moisture, and are capable of absorbing one third of their weight in water. Merino Wool Athletic Socks are extremely comfortable, breathable,  and fast drying. 

The Large Size Merino Wool Darn Tough Socks are designed with a smooth performance fit, which helps to prevent slipping, bunching and blisters.

 Big Mens Darn Tough Socks in large sizes to 17
They are made in Vermont up to size XXL (fits mens 15, 16, and 17) and come with a lifetime guarantee.  These socks are antimicrobial, which means they repel bacteria and odor so your socks will stay fresher for a much longer period of time. 

Another great wool sock is the 40 Below from Wigwam.  It is also made in big mens size 2L which fits mens size 15-17 too.  

This is much more affordable, and is made in Sheboygan, WI with a 2 year manufactures warranty.

So if you are going out on a morning run, meeting your buddies up at the hunting shack, taking an afternoon hike in the Rocky Mountains, or ascending the summit of Mount Everest, make sure you are wearing your Merino Wool Athletic Socks. 

Where to Find Big Mens Large Water shoes to EEEEE - 5E Wide

Summer time is filled with fun, and when most paint the image of summer in their imagination, it usually includes a beach and some sun.  With all the fun to be had, and memories to be made with the ones we care about, men with big feet and or guys who wear wide shoes, face a challenge not shared by the masses.

If you can remember the last time you hit the beach, or showered off before taking a dip in the pool, you probably never thought twice about how convenient it was to just slip into your sandals or water shoes and proceed to another fun day in the sun.  For the men of the world with wide feet and sizes 13+ however, our last memory of such an experience dates back to the when were about 13 years old.  Most of us with with extra large feet find that our shoe size matches our age until our mid to late teens, and this is where our challenge begins.

I wear size 16 Wide and until I had access to large water shoes from XLfeet, I was the guy who generally felt left out as I watched all my friends snorkel in the ocean.  I had the opportunity to join them, but not without exposing my bare feet to jagged rocks and sea urchins.

Most think it's so simple and hardly worth making a fuss about, but water shoes are yet another item where access is a challenge for those with big feet.  At least for the summer of 2014 XLfeet does not make XL Water Shoes, but makes XL Water Shoes available.  The two most popular big mens water shoes are The Keen Newport, and the Propet Endurance and Explorer for different reasons.

The Endurance and Explorer are great options from the Propet Line and come in wide to 5E and EEE Extra Wide up to size 15.  One thing that sets them apart from other water shoes are the drainage ports which have been engineered into the soles.  This allows water to drain out with ease, and helps air to circulate too.  They are very light weight, and feature a breathable mesh with either a toggled lacing system, or strap that fastens with hook and loop technology.

The Newport by Keen are the sandals or water shoes that catapulted Keen to the forefront of the sandal industry in less than a decade.  They make the Newport up to size 17.  At Keen they believe a sandal or water shoe can protect your toes without the sacrifice of comfort, breath-ability, or style.  This has been so popular, other shoe manufacturers who have been making shoes for more than a century have tried - unsuccessfully so far - to copy the popular Keen Toe.  What Keen does is elongate the sole and wraps it up and over the toe cap.
This makes for a seamless rubber toe that will not separate the way the cheap imitations do.  Keen also understands the real shape of a foot, and they have made their toe boxes wider, more roomy, and rounded to accommodate the actual shape of a foot.    As a guy who fluctuates between size 16 EE and EEE, I can vouch for the wide fit of Keen Water Shoes.  Many of the men who have ventured into XLfeet's shoe store in the Minneapolis St Paul Twin City Area, find Keen to comfortably fit feet wide to EEE in medium/regular width.  Guys with 4E ad 5E wide usually just go up to the next size.  If this isn't enough these water shoes can go in the washing machine too.  We just recommend air drying them though instead of subjecting them to the abuse of the dryer.

Bigfoots like to partake in the same summer fun as everybody else, and things like big mens or wide water shoes can severely limit how much fun we can have.  Thanks to XLfeet, this is now possible.  We simply want to live in a world where Fitting Extra Large Feet is no Extra Large Feat.

Why Do They Always Discontinue My Favorite Big Men's Shoes in Large Sizes?

It is difficult enough to track down footwear that not only feels comfortable, but looks good.  This further complicated when you have big feet and require large size shoes say 13, 14, 15, or larger.  Recently there was a company which made such a move and it shed some light on this phenomenon.  You must first get some background about the company it involves.

There is very famous manufacturer of Italian Shoes you may have heard of named Pantofola d'Oro which has been making quality shoes in Italy since 1886.  Their story is pretty interesting too.  They began as a family owned cobbler shop in Ascoli Piceno, Italy.  They specialized in wrestling shoes at first and this eventually led  them to football boots (what we Americans refer to as soccer).  With a growing list of high-end clients and building reputation for excellence, they were on there way.  There is even a story about a famous football player from the 50's who said during a fitting, "these are not football boots, they are golden slippers."  They didn't know it at the time, but that nickname was going to stick.  Later, Pantofola d'Oro, which is Italian for "golden slipper", became the label's official name.  After serving Europe for more than a 100 years, Pantofola d'Oro has recently expanded there distribution to North America in a major way.  It has been no small feat to make such an expansion, and based on their history how could you blame them?

While it may seem like a no-brainer to guys who wear large size shoes, few companies are on board with the idea of making the big sizes we need.  Pantofola d'Oro ought to be commended for taking a chance and expanding an already successful line of shoes into large or big mens sizes.  They went all the way out to size 15.  Again, very few companies would ever entertain the idea of making their boots and shoes in large sizes like 16, 17, or 18 for example.
Today's  Bigfoot is accustomed to walking into shoe stores with blinders on for this very reason.  We have been conditioned from the age of about 13 to not even bother getting excited about the cool looking shoes on the wall.  After all they end up being made only to a 12 or 13 anyway.  We the men with big feet - if we even venture into the shoe store to begin with - walk straight up to the counter and ask what they have in stock in our big mens size.  All too often the answer is nothing.  The small handful of stores which do have something that fits, seem to have the same ugly pair of plain shoes that were at the other two stores.

It is our theory that the type of boutiques and retailers who sell the high-end and very fashionable shoes were intimidated by such large sizes.  They feared they would not get anybody that big to buy the shoes.  It was like a catch 22.  This is where XLfeet came in.  We are working together with Pantofola d'Oro to help as the large sizes are phased out.  It is a huge benefit to both organizations, and the biggest winners are the Bigfoot customers of XLfeet.  They can get a high fashion, top quality Italian Made Casual Shoes in Large Sizes for Men, for a great once in a lifetime value.

Next time you see a great shoe that is made in a large size, it may be a good idea to scoop it up as quick as you can.  For all you know it may never exist again.  Some say if it is too good to be true, it probably is.  This may not be good advice though when it relates to Large Size Italian Shoes for Men from a company more than a century old.

Finally EEEE - 4E Wide Composite Boots Made In USA to size 14

Almost 100% of the Big Men who wear large size 13+ footwear have wide feet.  It continues to baffle me how the manufacturers of big sizes seem to not be aware of this.  Thorogood however, has read the writing on the wall, and they did something about it.

Just today, the first of the new Thorogoood 6" Plain Toe Work Boots arrived at XLfeet.  To date they are the only US Made Composite Toe Work boots made to EEEE Wide out there.  It's common knowledge that there are a variety of comp toe boots made either to EEEE or H, and there are also companies who make that width in factories here in the United States.  What distinguishes this new addition though, is the domestic production of composite toe in the 4E Width.

The extra room in the toe box rivals a ballroom for your toes.  The USA factor of this boot makes the 4E legit, and your feet will finally feel freedom.  If you have have hammer toe, no problem.  Wide toes? No Problem.  The height on the toe box is nearly 2".  They feature welt construction which means they can be re-soled, and are made to last.  They are Electrical Hazard rated and Slip Resistant as are the vast majority of Thorogood Boots, and are equipped with the dual-density polyrethane comfort sole with 90 degree heel.  

If you happen to have a supervisor who stays on you about a defined 90 degree heel, these wide work boots for men will pass with flying colors.  With their 6" height on your ankle, they are high enough to deliver support, while giving your calf the freedom it desires.  

So many guys would find such a boot to be too simple and ordinary and wonder what all the fuss is about.  We the men with wide feet however know that a work boot like this is a rarity.  It makes it so much easier to live up to our motto with a boot like this.  Fitting Extra Large Feet is no Extra Large Feat.