I have two pairs of New Balance 925s, classic black walking shoes with hook-and-loop strap fasteners (think Velcro) in place of laces, although a lace-up version was sold under the same number. Both are worn beyond usability, so I threaded my way up to the nearest New Balance store, in deepest Edmond. As I entered, a woman approached, and I’m pretty sure the first thing she did was check to see if I was wearing NBs. (I was: 1122s.) I explained my situation: the shoes I was wearing were 14 double-E and just a hair pinchy, if you will, so I’m thinking I may need a 4E or wider. Sensibly, she brought out the legendary Brannock device, and the measuring began.
She looked perplexed. “Based on toe position, you should be wearing a 12 or 13.” Okay, if you say so. She hurried off to the stacks and returned with a 928 (replacement for 925) in 13 4E. It fit, kinda sorta, but the straps wouldn’t reach more than halfway across. “Ridiculously high arch,” I said, because, well, it is.
So the stage was set: 14 6E. Except that they’re backordered until — “Officially, it says here the fifth of October. I think it will be more like the end of October.” So be it. They are on order. I may try to gank one from Amazon or Zappos in the interim, because I’d just as soon have two pairs. The price on the 928 has risen a bit from what I paid for the 925s, but so what else is new? (There is also a women’s 928, at the same price: $134.99.)