Wow, you guys have been missing out on the shoe front, shoe stretching is the best!
As I have been living with large feet for about 15 years now, I have to get my shoes stretched. Designer shoes only sometimes go up to a 41; however, they still are a little small sometimes, especially closed toe and heel styles. (I’m a huge fan of the sandal and sling back :)
For those of you who have normal sized feet, sometimes your size is sold out. Actually mine usually is too as stores only carry 1 or 2 pairs of size 10.
This is where your local cobbler comes in. Pretty much any place that repairs shoes can stretch them, and unlike the shoes, it’s not a costly procedure ($10-$15). Of course some places are better than others, but getting shoes stretched isn’t that difficult so you should be ok wherever you take them.
(Funny anecdote: when I was younger and living at home, I would have my mom wear my shoes to stretch them. We wear the same size but she has a wider foot. Poor momma, trying to relax in the house with pumps shoved on her feet. See how selfless she is!)