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boat shoes - women's wide, lace up??

I have a lot of foot problems and have to wear custom orthotics. I'm going sailing Memorial day weekend and I can't find lace up boat shoes (those that look like tennis shoes) in a wide width to accommodate the orthotic. I will end up walking out of loafers if I put orthotics in them. Any ideas of a place that I can order from online? I've been told that I cannot wear my tennis shoes, but at this point, it's either sneakers or being in pain and miserable for 4 days.

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Re: boat shoes - women's wide, lace up??

Sperry offers much of their inventory in both wide and extra wide widths. Check out their website.
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Re: boat shoes - women's wide, lace up??

Thanks. I already checked their site. The loafers I've seen in wide, but not the lace up type. If I've missed a pair, please post the URL.
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Re: boat shoes - women's wide, lace up??

Have you looked at men's styles? Order about 1 or 1-1/2 sizes smaller than you would wear in women's shoes.
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Re: boat shoes - women's wide, lace up??

My wife loves her keens, but the contoured insole may not work for custom orthotics. Sperry offers their original 2 eye shoe in wide widths. While its not an athletic type shoe, it does lace:

Sperry Top-Sider - Women's Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe

Another one to consider is Sebago. They have a three eye lace style in wide:

Women's Sebago Castine Dress Shoes - Sebago.com
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Re: boat shoes - women's wide, lace up??

You can get some boat shoes with a discount at
http://www.shoebuy.com/boat-shoes.htm

These folks have marine specialty shoes
http://www.whitecapsfoulweathergear....ocks_11.aspxat a discount

This company has the most complete inventory of marine shoes, and expert staff:
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Re: boat shoes - women's wide, lace up??

I'm very happy with my sebagos in wide. they also stretch a bit too.
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Re: boat shoes - women's wide, lace up??

How about Zappos? Easy to quickly narrow done what you're looking for, and free shipping both ways.
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Re: boat shoes - women's wide, lace up??

I think if you are after a athletic look deck shoe in wide you are going to be out of luck or extremely lucky. A few years back Sperry had a mutual deal with New Balance and they made shoes in wide for men and I believe women. When they discontinued them I bought three pair and I have not seen them offered in mens, let alone womens, since.
You may want to bite the bullet and get a pair of Sperry Billfish or similar as they are available in wides.
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