McTavish Oxfords by Allen Edmonds

Sturdy Shoes for Big Guys

Catherine asked: My boyfriend is a big guy (over 330lbs) and wears through his shoes rather quickly.  He’s needed a pair of Ecco slip-on dress shoes resewn and has now worn out one rubber sole much that it’s cracked. On a pair of Bostonian dress shoes he got from Nordstrom Rack, he pierced the rubber sole after only one or two wearings.  He doesn’t know what he could’ve stepped on to cause that.

I’d like to please know if you or your readers have any suggestions on reliable and comfortable shoe brands that stand up to the wear and tear of being a bigger guy.  His shoe size is 12. Also, does the sole’s material affect how quickly it’s worn down, such as rubber vs leather vs other man made material?
It’s not easy to find a pair of shoes that can stand up to a big guy’s girth for long periods of time. I’ve personally had a lot of luck with my McTavish Wingtip Oxfords from Allen Edmonds. My foot width is EEE, and these bad boys have held together through regular wear for over a year and man, they look good. They cost me $295, but this was an investment in a pair of shoes I’ll have for life. Read on to find out why.

If that’s more than your guy would want to spend, consider Stacy Adams for dress shoes, New Balance or Reebok sneakers or running shoes. Thinking about boots? We’ll cover that in a future article.

If your boyfriend’s shoes are falling apart, consider upgrading to shoes that can be repaired. In many cases, this means that the shoe itself will cost more, but if the sole wears out, you can take it somewhere local and get it repaired. These types of shoes usually stand up to everything a bit better than the low cost versions, so chances are they’ll last longer without requiring repairs. For example, my McTavish oxfords can be easily repaired – that’s why they were worth the cost.

Meeting with Nordstrom's Personal Stylist

How Much Does a Nordstrom Personal Stylist Cost?

Denizen asked: Hello, I was checking how much the whole Nordstom personal stylist visit cost?
The the stylist I met with was free! They make their money by getting you to buy clothes from the store. Just head in with an idea of what you want (new looks for work, a date outfit, a whole new wardrobe, etc) and they’ll get you set up. Read about my experience with a Nordstrom Personal Stylist.

UnderArmour Compression Shirt

Big and Tall Compression Shirts

A Corpulent Man asked: Hello, I am looking for a compression shirt made for a big man. I want support, comfort, and shaping. I would love a compression shirt that would enhance my shape, and show it off in the comfort of compression. Does anyone out there do this yet? If not why not? Compression fit is comfortable, and there are big men like me who like to show off their big bellies. Thank you.
There are a few brands offering big and tall compression shirts. They’re generally difficult to find. Brands such as Under Armour offer compression shirts in 3X, 4X, and when they’re in stock, 5X. Our friends at Destination XL offer the RIPT Fusion V-Neck Undershirt to 5X for about $65. is worth a look as well – they offer a variety of sizes and a ton of compression shirts for different needs.

When I’ve researched this in the past, some of the brands I’ve reached out to have told me that they don’t see a lot of demand for compression shirts in larger sizes. Other brands have told me that they don’t think compression shirts work above a certain size. Their loss, eh? Hopefully these suggestions help.

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anthonymg Same here. Sizes run the spectrum since they're not universal, so sometimes a 42 fits and sometimes a 46 fits. I feel you on being on the line - you can't go to a lot of the mainstream stores and find what you're looking for, but you also can't find the styles you want at B&T unless you really search. Have you checked out or Both offer sizes to something like 60 waist and 5X shirts with styles from well known brands. I've been really happy with what I'm finding at those places. Hope this helps!
Chubstr,  I find that Sizes vs fitment to be wide open when it comes to clothes for my body type.  I am 6'3" 320lbs  Which for my style ends up being a 40"x32" waist slim fit,low rise jean and anything from a 2XLT to a 4X depending on the cut of the shirt.  See the problem a guy like me has is what I call the "in-betweener"  I can't shop at most normal stores because everything is "FAT man in a little shirt" and then stepping into a Big and tall store (read: Conservative and Frumpy) and I'm the guy that is now tall enough, but not wide enough. Destination XL has done a good job re-branding themselves with more fashionable clothes, but they still are not fashion forward enough for me.
anthonymg Thanks for the comment Anthony! If you can tell us what your sizes are, we can point you in the right direction. We definitely try to feature clothing in sizes as large as we can find them available, but sometimes they are difficult to find. You'll see a lot of options on the site that go to 5X or 6X. This particular post is a reader photo submission, so this guy has shared specifically what he's wearing and where he got it, which isn't always available in every size. Since it's a reader photo submission, the clothing is based on the size of the gent in the photo. Hope this helps! Check out our resources section and feel free to tell us your sizes and what specifically you're looking for and we'll help you out. Thanks for checking out Chubstr!
Werd!  6'3" 320lbs seems to be to big for most of the fashion that I am finding here.  To big, yet to small for "Big and Tall"
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