Need Special Size 13 Narrow

Dear Shoe Lady

I am currently only wearing breeze walker by propet, size 13 narrow
cannot find anything, anywhere.  Can you help?  Also, I have pronation.



Dear Felice,

I am surprised and pleased to report that I just found 67 different styles in size 13N on at this link:

Many of these are New Balance athletic shoes.  There are some nice loafer choices from Trotters.  And, of course, there is Propet.  Still that is not a great choice if you want something for dressy evening?  Business attire dress?

But I think your bigger problem is comfort and fit.  You can’t always tell by the size and width marked on the box that the shoes are going to feel right for you.  Technically there are 28, TWENTY EIGHT!, different fit points on a shoe.  No wonder those of us with hard to fit feet have a hard time.  It is hard enough finding a size 13N.  But that only measures two out of 28 fit points.

Pronators tend to have their ankles lean inward when they walk.  Supinators are the opposite, with ankles that lean out.  Either way,  these walking styles can result in soreness in your shins,  calves and knees.  As you move through a step, your foot hits the ground and rolls.  But pronators’ feet continue rolling inward too much.  For comfort and protection of your legs, look for shoes that  have motion control or stability features and  firm, multidensity midsoles and external control features.  Personally, I think New Balance is the place to go for these requirements.

812 New Balance with roll bar for pronators

 The 812 style is one they have in the collection,  It is available in 13 Narrow and has a “roll bar” feature which offers their highest level of stability for pronators.

Take care of those feet and they will take care of you!


The Shoe Lady

Get Friendly With Your Feet

Dear Shoe Lady,

I always wear down my shoes on the inside bottom of the heel area. Is this significant?


Dear Marli,

EVERYTHING about shoes is significant! Your shoes are telling you that you are probably a PRONATOR. Don’t worry, you will neither be arrested or required to change your voter registration. But knowing this will help guide you in your selection of shoes. A pronator has a type of foot that rolls far inward during the weight-bearing phase of the stride. This type of foot is characterized by a very low or flat arch.

Arches in your feet are more than just decorative features. According to the folks at Northwestern Health Sciences University: Discovering what type of shoes, (especially running shoes) you need has a lot to do with simply looking at your feet, which is the first step to finding the right shoe for you. There are three different foot types, based on the height of your arches. A quick and easy way to determine your specific foot type is called the “wet” test. Pour a thin layer of water into a shallow pan; wet the sole of your foot; step on a shopping bag or blank piece of heavy paper; step off and look down; and analyze the shape of your foot and see if it matches with some of the foot types mentioned below.

Normal (medium) arch: If you only see about half of your arch you have the most common foot type, meaning you are a normal pronator (your foot can support your body weight without problem). You can wear just about any shoe but may be best suited to a stability shoe that provides moderate arch support or medial stability.

If you are a lightweight runner, you may favor a stability shoe with a moderate level of arch support or medial stability. Lightweight runners may want neutral-cushioned shoes without added support or a performance training shoe that provides some support but less weight for a faster feel.
Flat (low) arch: If you see almost your entire foot, you have a flat foot, meaning you are an overpronator (your foot and ankle have problems stabilizing your body and shock isn’t absorbed properly). Mild to moderate overpronators need stability shoes or motion-control shoes that have devices such as dual-density midsoles and supportive “posts” to reduce pronation. Severe overpronators, as well as tall, bow-legged runners or people over 165 pounds need firmer support devices.
High arch: If you see just your heel, the ball of your foot and thin line on the outside of your foot, you are an underpronator (meaning the force of impact is not evenly distributed, resulting in too much shock traveling up your legs). Neutral-cushioned shoes are recommended for you because they have a softer midsole to encourage pronation. No stability devices should be added because they reduce pronation.

And, of course, I recommend reading up on shoe fit here, too.

Aren’t you glad you asked?!?
The Shoe Lady