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Old 02-13-2019, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Flat-soled ghillie brogues?

This is a long shot, as I've already searched online and found basically nothing.. but you never know.

I wear flat shoes. "Minimalist" or "barefoot" shoes as they're sometimes called, though I try to stick to ones that just look like shoes, nothing elf- or clown-like. (I wear Lems boots). They're basically wider, don't have an elevated heel, don't have an arch support, and aren't pointy. Without going on extensively about why, suffice it to say that it's a medically sound thing to do, based on natural movement, and helped get rid of a back issue I had. I feel a lot better since switching to this type of shoe.

The downside is that now conventional shoes are very uncomfortable! This presents a problem for me when it comes to my ghillies. I had a cobbler reduce the height of the heels on my ghillie brogues and and stretch them, but they're still painful.

My options seem to be 3:
1. Use a minimalist wingtip style dress shoe, and use the laces from the ghillies. This isn't ideal (or cheap) - they'd look different from what everyone else in band wears.

2. Find a cobbler that would actually make me custom ghillies (shoes can be made with a false heel btw, so they'd look like everyone else's but be comfortable for me inside). This would be absurdly expensive.

3. Suffer in normal ghillies. I could possibly find a very wide size and trim the heel down a bit, but still...ouch.

Just wondering if anybody has any experience with this issue, or knows of a product I haven't been able to find. Especially since I'm about to be walking in my outfit for many miles over the next two months!

Note: Diabetic or "Orthotic" shoes are not what I'm looking for. I'm aware that they're available in our shoe style, but they are something different than what I mean.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: Flat-soled ghillie brogues?

You can try looking this way... http://www.ghillators.com/index.php . Can you get a much more minimalist shoe than a croc??? Looks like they didn't make them for long though, and might be limited on sizes.
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:18 AM   #3
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Default Re: Flat-soled ghillie brogues?

A long-time mate of mine... and while serving
in the MoD... always went to a (damned good)
cobbler... and had his footwear double-soled.

I would think (...if... I've understood your request
correctly)... that you could get them double-soled...
and with... a flat sole.

Would this alleviate your situation?

Just a thought...

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