Wide Shoes – Finding More Support for My Body

Some of you may remember that I had a full knee replacement surgery a couple of months ago. After going to the trouble of having elective surgery and then recovery, it occurred to me that I need to start wearing a real shoe. I looked around for a style that was not TOO homely, had support on both sides, and enough sole to support my 275 pounds. I wanted a shoe I could walk in for an hour if I needed to. I went with the Clarks Felicia Plum Casual Shoe.

I wore them Saturday night for the first time, and since we were going to two different events I took along my old shoes in case I started to get a blister, but there was no problem. They are a perfect fit, they were great for the early BBQ on the grass and the patio, and the more formal party in someone’s home, later in the evening. (I will be taking a black sharpie to the brown accents. A little too rustic for my taste).

For at least the last 10 years, I had been wearing Arcopedico Light shoes. They are slides with no support. I am sure they were not good for my career or my feet and knees, but I trying not to slide back into them, or black ballet slippers with no support.

I reached out to the FatToo Anonymous Community on Facebook (a private group which you can apply to join). I did not check every option to ensure that it had sole support or came in wide sizes, but there are a lot of options here. FatToo Anonymous is the best resource I have ever had and I love getting to know some of the regular posters. These are some of their suggestions:

  • Sperry’s boat shoes (they have great arch support)
  • Dansko (some people did not find them wide enough)
  • Merrell
  • Birkenstocks
  • Wallabies at journeys
  • Orthoheel (now Vionic)
  • The Walking Company
  • Kalso Earth Shoes
  • Toms
  • Softwalk shoes
  • Earth/Earthies
  • Taos
  • Skechers
  • New Balance
  • Ecco
  • Munro
  • Crocs
  • Chucks
  • Rohde (Birkenstockish)
  • Aravon