Having some problems in procuring some VFFs in the UK for my stupid feet. Measuring a modest 5ft10 in height, I have been cursed with a pair of monster size 12s, featuring a quite stunningly gigantic pair of big toes. I'm in the process of trying to find the right size VFFs to fit these beasts, and at £100 a go I can scarcely afford one pair in the correct size, so finding out after a couple of weeks of use that they're the wrong size isn't an option for my meagre finances.
Options for actually trying on a pair in my home town of Bristol are limited, but i've managed to find a shop that has some Bikilas in a 47, which I've tried on a couple of occasions, thereby generating my quandary:
The first time I tried the Bilkila in a 47 I was concerned that it was too big, as it was a little loose around the heel. However when I tried them yesterday it suddenly seemed as though they might actually be a bit small. I guess the difference might be that yesterday i'd walked up a long hill to get to the shop, so my feet had warmed and expanded moreso than the first time.
As you can imagine, the issue lies squarely with my big toes. They fit into the toe pocket and are perfectly comfortable, but the material is tightly stretched across the toe, no room at all. It looks as though my big toe is a good 8mm or so wider than Vibram were expecting ::) I've read the official text about how the longest toe should "graze the end of the toe pocket", and I *suppose* that's what is happening, in that the end of the toe is fully touching the end of the pocket, but not exerting any undue pressure on it when standing.
I had a quick run in them for 50 yds up and down the (fairly steep) road outside the shop, and they felt great uphill, but possibly started feeling a little restrictive on the downhill slope as the toe started to naturally push the front of the shoe. Difficult to know what to read into this as I have no clue how things are meant to feel.
Ordinarily this would be easily resolved by ordering in the next size up for a comparison test, however the 47 seems to be as big as the Bikila goes, so my options are:
1. Buy the 47s, they'll stretch a bit with a bit of use
2. Try a different model (the only other models available in Bristol seem to be the KSO and KSO trek)
3. VFFs are not for me :'(
The shop is open again in a few hours time, and if buying the 47s is the right thing to do I sould really get in there ASAP, as these shoes are like gold dust around these parts. The guy in the shop says that the consignment that they recieved this week was as a result of an order that they placed in *January*, so if I miss these ones I could be in for a serious wait...
All thoughts and advice will be gratefully recieved!