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Posted 28 September 2011 - 06:17 AM

I know that this post won't be useful to most Woodsballers, but for the percentage that have broad feet like I do, this will be invaluable. There are a whole range of shoes out there that are great for Woodsball, but if you have broad feet, and particularly if you wear orthotics, getting good Woodsball shoes that fit is an uphill battle. Since I know how frustrating it can be for people with broad feet, I thought I'd help out.

I've tried an endless variety of different shoes, and most of them were great, but just too narrow - particularly across the forefoot. Then I came across Keen Footwear -


I think the person who designed them might've been a podiatrist, physiotherapist, or something along those lines. Keen Footwear are especially suited for broad feet and orthotic inserts. When I tried them on, there wasn't a similar shoe that felt anything like them, in terms of comfort and fit. They are designed so that they they don't taper inwards near the forefoot and toes, and this is great if you have broad feet. They also have great toe protection, in case of rocks and boulders. I also like their tread patterns.

But if you're looking for a more lightweight trail running shoe, then the best sports shoes I've ever worn by far are Asics. I've had shin splints in the past, and now I wear orthotics, but no other brand of sports shoes (that come in a 4E With) come close to Asics. As well as owning a set of Keens, I also own a pair of Asics Gel Kahana's -


If you have normal/narrow feet, then there probably are a whole heap of different brands and models that are every bit as good (if not better) than the ones I've mentioned here. But if you have wide feet and need a 4E Width, then these are the best I've come across. One more thing, while cleats/sprigs are ideal for grassed speedball fields, you're asking for trouble if you wear them in the woods; the moment you step on anything hard, you'll end up on your @ss (if you're lucky).

Just my 2 cents worth.


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Posted 28 September 2011 - 09:41 PM

Got anything for pretty flat feet?
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Posted 30 September 2011 - 04:58 AM

Pretty flat? Or Petty and Flat?
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Posted 30 September 2011 - 10:17 AM

I have fairly wide/weird shaped feet and it took me forever to track down a decent footwear. I eventually found Dunham's, New balance's out doors line, they fit like a dream, are very supportive, relatively light, and very water proof. I'd definitively recommend them.


Next time I need to go boot shopping I'll definitively look into Keen. Thanks for finding them.
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Posted 04 October 2011 - 09:48 AM

View PostPirate, on 28 September 2011 - 09:41 PM, said:

Got anything for pretty flat feet?

That would be the reason for orthodics.
I have inverted arches, and he is right...finding good shoes to wear with my corrective plates can be a bummer at times.

Anyhow....The Good Feet Store is a great way to help with flat feet and not break your wallet with a visit to a specialist.

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