Flat Feet and Their Burdens

If you have flat feet, then you know that the struggle that come with wearing certain shoes, for a long period of time, can be a nightmare. For women with flat feet, wearing high heel shoes will always require some sort of added arch support. For men with flat feet, dress shoes may be the perfect partner to a classy, suit, but they can be your flat feets’ ARCH nemesis. See what we did there? Fortunately, there’s always a solution to every problem. We offer wide dress shoes that will make you believe you’re walking on clouds.

For wide and flat footed men, a dress shoe that actually caters to the width of their feet, are a heaven sent. Not only are our dress shoes stylish, but their comfort trumps even the most expensive wide width shoes. The Mens Big Dunham Burlington Waterproof Oxford in brown is an example of style combined with comfort. The inside features a nylon stability shank embedded into the midsole to support the arch and help create a smoother gait, and the removable EVA footbed allows you to adjust the Burlington to the depth that your foot requires, while providing all day comfort. This shoe is also Medicare / HCPCS code and may be eligible for Medicare reimbursement.

If you are a Bigfoot who has been struggling to find a comfortable and stylish Big Oxford Dress Shoe, your search is over.

Jobs That Require Tons of Standing

There are many reasons as to why some people prefer an office job vs a job that requires individuals to be on their feet all day. Either way to work for an extended period of time, isn’t healthy on the human body, however, standing on your feet all day contributes to some long-term muscle trouble. According to webmd.com, “Standing five hours a day contributes to significant and prolonged lower-limb muscle fatigue, a small study concluded. This may raise your risk for long-term back pain and musculoskeletal disorders”.

For individuals with jobs that require a lot of standing, employers often recommend and/or require a certain type of shoe to be worn by employees, so back and other issues are prevented. There are many ways you can treat your sore feet at the end of a long, work day but first, it’s best to ease the pressure off your feet beforehand. For those that are in the food industry, the slip resistant shoes not only keep employees from sliding all over the kitchen, but they’re constructed with particular cushioning foam to help relieve pressure from the bottom of the foot. Wide width shoes are great for men that of course have wide feet but they’re great for those that have wide, flat feet as well. The support our plus size shoes provide are second to none. If you’re interested in finding the best work shoe for your big feet, Browse our large inventory via our website.

Wide Feet? No Problem

When it comes to foot size, things can get kind of controversial. We’re sure that individuals with bigger feet sizes have had to endure a lot teasing in their lifetime or have had trouble finding their shoe size in store, but what if you have bigger feet AND they’re wide? This is a dilemma for a good number of shoe wearers and it can be very discouraging when shopping time comes around.

Although the average shoe size has increased over the last decade, not every shoe retailer is meeting these demands for shoes to accommodate those with a wider set of walkers. To first determine if you have wide feet, you have to first measure them, since of course, not all shoes are created equal. When doing this, it’s best to measure your foot in the evening since they expand throughout the day. Then measure yourself at your widest, so your shoes you buy don’t constrict and be sure to wear the same socks you would wear with the actual shoe.

It’s also important to make sure that your shoes provide ultimate comfort throughout the day and are supportive, especially if you have flat feet. Our Wide Wolverine® Harrison 6” lace-up steel-toe is a great choice for a wide ankle boot for construction workers or those that are constantly working on their feet. https://www.xlfeet.com/Wolverine-Harrison-6-Lace-Up-Steel-Toe-EH-Boot-p/w04904.htm
Be sure to check out more of our inventory for wide width ankle boots, dress shoes and sandals.

If you know for sure you have wide feet, finding shoes for your feet used to be difficult. And naturally, wide ankle boots are very difficult to find. 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! Our men’s large size shoes are available in  EEEEEE - 6E widths in our non-safety toe footwear & big sizes 7-21. We have Large Waders and Overshoes too.

If you have an unusual size foot, XL Feet can accommodate you with high quality shoes for sport and even casual dress. Visit our site and see that you don’t have to have a narrow selection just because you have XL Feet! Contact us today because one thing is for sure, we LOVE big feet. From wide ankle boots to wide dress shoes, we have the right sized shoes that provide not only style but comfort.

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.