How can I get shoes that fit if I wear two different sizes?

If you wear two different-sized shoes due to an ankle foot orthotic (AFO) or leg brace, here are some suggestions for getting shoes that fit.
  • Ask your local shoe store if they sell split sizes. If not, ask if they can order them from a nonretail company like P.W. Miner.
  • Some retail stores have policies that allow you to purchase shoes in different sizes without the cost of two pairs. Companies that have “split-size” shoe policies include Nordstrom’s department store (the original Mrs. Nordstrom had polio and needed split-size shoes) and Birkenstock. Of course, retailers may vary in their policies, but it pays to ask.
  • Try the National Odd Shoe Exchange, a nonprofit organization that deals in donated shoes.
  • Try Mix Match Shoes, a company that sells shoes one at a time.

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