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    Shoes

    I just realized today (Two years and seven months to the day post) that I have only used one pair of black shoes that I bought after leaving the hospital, and my old tennis shoes that were so worn and comfortable that I still use them all the time.

    I guess time has come to buy new shoes. I use shoes that tie down for every day and tennis shoes for the weekend. I used to be a 9 1/2 triple E (very wide shoes) and I am concerned about buying the right shoes, and giving them the right treatment (stretching or whatever) before I wear them. I do not like velcro tied shoes. Any tips? Did everyone go a size or 1/2 size bigger after the accident like they recommend in rehab, or do they still buy the same size? I do not think I have a major swelling problem, eventhough occasionally my feet do swell a little.
    T6 complete (or so I think), SCI since September 21, 2003

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    I went from a size 81/2 D to a 9 4E for the edema and found that few stores carry extra wide sizes. I get best results/selection from Hitchcock Shoes and on the internet. I think New Balance has the best selection of tennis/walking shoes in extra wide.

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    Thanks, never heard of Hitchcock shoes. Will look them up.
    T6 complete (or so I think), SCI since September 21, 2003

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    I would definitely recommend wearing shoes that are at least a size larger than your pre-SCI shoes. (I recently learned from a shoe salesman that each USA 1/2-size increment is only 1/16 of an inch.) A shoe that's too small poses a very real risk of causing a decubitus ulcer. Hardly worth the risk.

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    Nothing but New Balance for me....Wide, and lightweight...


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    tprewitt, Hitchcock shoes is an excellent site, and seems reasonably priced. Thanks to everyone for their comments.
    T6 complete (or so I think), SCI since September 21, 2003

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayday9
    Nothing but New Balance for me....Wide, and lightweight...
    same here.. i went from a size 10, normal width to a 11 1/2 4e.. oddly enough stores stock these.. NB are always available in all colors and sizes..





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    New Balance for me too!! I wear a 925 got what they called a roll bar??? not sure what that is but I use to wear a 12 A Now 13 EEE

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    I just skip shoes whenever possible and do barefoot routine. Sandals or flip flops if I have to.
    C2/3 quad since February 20, 1985.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trainman
    I just skip shoes whenever possible and do barefoot routine. Sandals or flip flops if I have to.
    I have smashed my feet and toes a few times and it just scares me to go around barefoot.
    T6 complete (or so I think), SCI since September 21, 2003

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