Lacing Systems for walkers with different width feet
Q. My girlFriend has Size 6 and a half to Size 7 feet. She is keen to start walking with me, but has 1 foot wider than the other. She would only consider shoes, not walking boots. Is there a good walking shoe on the market, that has an adjustable lacing system that will cater for different width feet? A shoe with good ankle support would be favoured. Should we go for a non-waterproof pair, but buy Gore-Tex liners, so that her feet aren't uncomfortably hot in summer and so if we encounter the inevitable mud, she has some protection from deeper puddles ?
Keith Bennett, Warwick
A. When I bought my second pair of beloved Brasher leather walking boots, the shop assistant simply unlaced the boot on my wide foot and re-laced it one hole up, leaving the wide part able to expand while I could lace the rest of the boot firmly enough to give proper support - result! This means it has stretched comfortably to fit and has not cracked - as the first pair did - over the widest part of my foot. Good luck! It is worth going to a specialist shop where the assistants can help you, even if you pay slightly more - you will save money and have far more comfortable feet in the long run.
Monica Stewart, Dunoon