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fins for broad feet

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Sep 15, 2004
I'm probably going to buy my first pair of freedive-specific fins fairly soon, and I'm a little concerned about comfort. My existing Mares Plana Avanti fins, while they are the correct size for me (at least in terms of he length of the footpocket), were clearly made for someone with narrower feet. I spent a week snorkelling and freediving with them for 3 hours at a time recently, and I found that they pinched a lot on the sides of my feet. Does anyone else have this problem, and is it likely to be avoided by buying a size larger and wearing neoprene socks? Any brands that work better for spade feet like me?

I'd love to try some different fins on, but I live in London and I get the impression that freedive shops are a tad thin on the ground :)


The sporasub and the Beuchat fotpockets are the widest on the market to my knowledge.

I should think the sporas would be available in London.
Wearing freediving fins with neopren socks is a must for comfertablitiy and keeping warm in my opinion - some wear longfins without socks, but it seems kinda painful me.
Yeah, actually that seems pretty obvious to me now - given that I live in the UK and won't be able to go somewhere hot every time I fancy getting wet :)

So how many sizes bigger (in UK/US/EURO/whatever) should I go for if I'm going to wear, say 3mm socks?

BTW, looking at some older threads, the consensus seems to be that Sporasub Dessaults are good for wide feet...

Thanks for your advice guys,

I went to the store and measured. I'm not sure how you can do that any other way, maybe compare with people who have the same foot size.

Same problem here!!! UK Size 13 foot!!!!!! (some might say that flippers aren't neccessary with such big feet!!:D )

Anycase, the Picasso footpocket is about the only fin that comfortably fits me. The omer's are nice but hurt after about an hour or so. Need to widen them some-how.

Has someone ever tried to alter the shape of a footpocket.

Maybe by putting them in boiling water and then try to shape them.
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