I listened to your segment on CJAD this afternoon and as someone with major issues re shoes, as well as socks, I would like to inform you about several options re wide as well as deep pocket shoes.
I searched for several years to find ‘diabetic shoes’ and managed to discover a range of footwear at New Balance. These shoes are in their SL2 last and besides offering widths up to 2E, 4E and 6E, they also have a deep toe pocket. The model I have been wearing for 9 years is their 928 model which accommodates my problems with my toes and peripheral neuropathy. The shoe and sporting goods stores usually do not stock these shoes. This is not a price issue, but a necessity at any price. The price is only $159.99.
I also managed to find a great pair of winter boots, Pajar, manufactured in Quebec, and I purchased them at Foot Solutions on Victoria, south of Sherbrooke, (great staff). Until I found these I was wearing rubber boots over my NB shoes. I know that Pajar used to have an outlet in Montreal, I believe on Coloniale near Mount Royal, but I am not aware if it is still open. (From Sandra: Pajar outlet is still located at 103 Mont Royal est, called Le 103 and only open Thurs & Fri 9-9, Sat 9-5)
New Balance locations: 677 Ste-Catherine O.
Hours: Mon & Tues 10-6, Wed-Fri 10-9, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5
Other Location: DDO, 48E boul Brunswick.
From Sandra: Chaussures Le Depot, 501 de l’Eglise in Verdun. Tel: 514-768-0642 Comfort shoes are sold here by people who still know how to fit feet and who will patiently wade through the back racks until they find some just for you.Choose from SAS, Clark, Dunham, Ecco, Ara, Mephisto, New Balance, Rieker, Aravon, Josef Seibel, Merrell, Geox, Pajar La Canadienne, Blondo, Olang, and more.
Opened in 1931, this shop offers sizes (men 6-18 to 6E and women 4-12 AA-EE) for everyone. Orthotics can be placed in their shoes or you can buy orthopedic shoes, diabetic shoes, Foamtread slippers and anti-slip shoe slippers. Liquidation store ($10-$60): 521 av. de l’Eglise (514-766-4552).
They also have torture machines for shoes to stretch them in all directions for problems on feet. I just have them stretch the toes on shoes for my hubby.
Pajar outlet (Le 103): 103 Mont Royal est
Hours: Thurs & Fri 9-9, Sat 9-5