Care to throw your opinions out, ladies and gentlemen, over what you think would be the 'best' fencing shoes for women?
To give a bit o' background, I just received a glistening white package today from fencing.net that contained a pair of newly purchased Leon Paul scimitars. I gleefully ripped open the box like a kid on Christmas morning only to find there were a couple problems..
1. I ordered the same size as my court sneaker, however the LP's were too big by a long shot. I made sure I measured my foot before I sent out the sizing, but I'm wondering if I was looking at the wrong chart.
2. Are LP's specifically cut wide? I have very narrow, long ballet feet and they almost got swallowed up by the LP's.
3. They didn't feel comfortable at all (probably due to size, though not sure). I did a couple test advance, retreat, step, lunges to try them out and whenever I'd go up on my toes, there was a very strange bend in the top of the sneaker near the toeline that actually dug into my foot.
4. Are fencing shoes cut different for men and women or are they all based on one pattern? I know, in general, that men's feet tend to be wider than ours.
So before I go make poor Craig switch out my LP Scimitars, do you guys have any suggestions for someone with a very narrow, ballet-esque size 8 women's foot?