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Choosing the right size footwear....

Men’s Shoes Buying Guide

Men's Shoes

This buying guide has been designed to help you choose the style of shoe that’s right for you. Please click here to view our Men's Shoes range.

Sizing Guide

Cosyfeet shoes are designed for feet that can't fit into ordinary footwear. They are extra wide and extra deep so they’re very roomy.

All our mens’s styles are made with an extra wide fitting of approximately HH+. But don’t worry if you don’t know your width size as many of our styles are adjustable. This means they’re flexible enough to fit feet that swell up during the day or if one foot is more swollen than the other.

Unlike many other brands of wide fitting footwear, Cosyfeet shoes also benefit from extra depth which means they’re particularly good at fitting problem toes and bunions or feet that are very swollen.

To put it simply, all of our shoes have been designed to be roomy enough to comfortably fit a whole variety of foot problems and conditions. Some styles are more suitable for specific conditions than others - please see suitability for foot conditions below or ring our customer advice line on 01458 447275 if you’d like more help.

What size should I order?

We understand that new customers are sometimes concerned about getting the perfect fit using mail order. However, most customers find that if they order their normal shoe size (that’s the size they would have ordered before they experienced problems with their feet), a Cosyfeet shoe will provide the extra room and comfort they’re looking for.

All our shoes are adjustable so whichever style you decide to buy, you’ll be much more comfortable than with a standard shoe.

If you normally take a half size and we don’t offer a half size in the style you want, we would suggest that you order the smaller full size.

If you find your swelling gets worse during the day, it might be worth choosing a style that has easily adjustable Touch-fastening straps.

Of course there is no absolute guarantee but about 80% of our footwear customers find success first time - and if you count those customers who send goods back to swap for another style or size, that rises to 90%. If for any reason you’re not 100% satisfied with your choice, you can exchange for another size or style - or we’ll give you an immediate refund. It’s as simple as that.

Fastening Types

Lace-up Touch-fastening

Give the most secure fit with plenty of support and adjustment.

Offer the most scope for adjustment and are ideal if tying laces is a problem.

Strap Extensions are available if your feet are exceptionally swollen. They lengthen the strap giving you more fitting flexibility.


Material Types

Leather Elastane Fabric

The most hardwearing and traditional material.

Super-stretchy to accommodate the most swollen or mis-shapen feet.

Choose from Gregory, James, Jim, Ken, Patrick or Roy.

Soft and accommodating for the most sensitive of feet.

Choose from:


Sole Types

Flexible polyurethane Extra-lightweight soles Flexible Rubber soles

These soles are flexible, hardwearing and shock-absorbing.

These soles are made from very lightweight, durable PU which is also flexible, shock-absorbing and offers good grip.

These styles are also the best choice if your footwear needs to be built up as they can be easily modified and repaired.

Look out for the Extra-lightweight soles symbol.

Very flexible. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Look out for the Flexible Rubber soles symbol.


Shaped Insoles, Orthotics and Adaptations

Shaped Insoles and Orthotics Adaptations

If you need to wear shaped insoles or orthotics we advise that you look for styles that are especially deep or have removable insoles. These include:

If you need your footwear to be adapted (i.e. built up), we advise you choose shoes with the extra-lightweight soles as they can be easily modified. Look out for the Extra-lightweight soles symbol. These include:


Suitability for Foot Conditions

All of our footwear has been designed to be wide, deep and roomy enough to comfortably fit even the most challenging of conditions. However, there are some styles that are more suitable for specific conditions than others:

Arthritis Bunions Swollen Feet and Ankles Problem Toes

If you have arthritis, you may find that lace up styles are preferable because they offer the best support.

However, if your movement is impaired we'd recommend a style with a touch-fastening as they're the easiest to put on, take off and adjust.

You might also appreciate some of our extra lightweight styles. Look out for styles with the symbol.

Many people suffer from the pain of bunions which can be made worse by trying to fit into standard footwear. Cosyfeet products are made from soft materials and some have especially wide, deep toe boxes to accommodate bunions.

Our particular favourites are the James, JimRoy and Ken styles which are made with Elastane that stretches and moulds to the shape of your feet.

We would also recommend styles with seam-free side panels.
These include:

All Cosyfeet footwear is ‘extra roomy’ and has been designed to fit swollen feet so whichever style you decide to buy, you’ll be much more comfortable than with a standard shoe.

If swelling gets worse during the day, choose a style that has easily adjustable touch-fastening straps.

If they are exceptionally swollen we would recommend Rowan.

Don’t forget our range of extra roomy socks which has been specially developed to give a more generous and comfortable fit.

We would recommend a style with a deep toe box or a seam free toe area.
These include:

Jonny is also ideal as it’s an open-toe style.

Don't forget our range of socks for sensitive feet.


Looking After Your Footwear

Following these simple steps will help you to prolong the life of your shoes, specific information relating to each style can be found in the Care Guide area of the product page.

Leather Nubuck Elastane

Brush away any dirt or debris with soft cloths or a gentle brush.

Try rubbing scuffs out with a damp cloth and a small amount of saddle soap.

Polish shoes as needed with the appropriate colour polish ensuring that you remove any laces first.

Collonil ‘Waterstop Colours’ Shoe Cream has a water-repellent effect to resist rain and stains and a sponge applicator so it’s easy to apply.

Follow with a leather lotion or leather conditioner as required.

After purchasing a pair of nubuck shoes, we recommend you apply a good quality protector such as Nikwax Spray‑on Waterproofing to repel water and stains.

You'll need to reapply it periodically. If they get wet, stuff them with newspaper while they dry to keep their shape. Always allow them to dry naturally and never put them near direct heat.

Nubuck shoes look their best when brushed. You can buy special Nubuck brushes, such as the Suede and Nubuck Brush and cleaning blocks like the Collonil Nubuck Box. Stains should be treated immediately with a solvent-based nubuck cleaner e.g. Collonil Clean and Care Foam.

If they prove hard to remove, we recommend you take them to a shoe repair professional.

To clean the Elastane part of your shoes, simply let any mud or dirt dry before brushing with a small dry brush such as a Suede and Nubuck Brush.

Allow any mud or stains to dry before attempting to clean them. Once dry, remove any dirt with a stiff brush such as a Suede and Nubuck Brush.

If the shoes get wet allow them to dry naturally, don't put them in the airing cupboard or near a fire or radiator.  Stuffing them with newspaper or tissue will help ensure they maintain their shape whilst drying.

These shoes should not be hand or machine washed.


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