Solutions? I've found a few. Check out The National Odd Shoe Exchange on-line (I have to admit, I didn't contact them --you have to write a letter to a physical address--unless their website has changed). They will send shoes to anyone in need on an oddly matched set --for a donation. We actually sent several pairs of Ethan's odd left overs to the company. It's hard to throw away perfectly new shoes when there are children whose parents can't afford to whine about buying two pairs! You can buy three pairs of matching shoes. For example, you buy two pairs of shoes - size 9 and size 11. Go ahead and buy the size 13 --you'll already have the left shoe in the size 11 box that will match the size 13. This will at least save buying one additional pair of shoes.
Nordstrom sells mismatched shoes! If you try to buy on-line, then you'll have to contact a customer service representative. Be careful in person --we were so happy to find a Norsdstrom in Baltimore and couldn't believe we could buy one pair of shoes (one shoe to fit each foot packaged in one box). The overly helpful salesman wanted to handle everything himself, and when we got home, we discovered a box with two left feet! How disappointing! We're taking them back this summer --somebody's gotta give us a break on that one!
Shoe lifts! We were hesitant to believe the prosthetics tech who assured us that when the lift went inside Ethan's shoe, he could probably wear the same size. Well, she was right. His shoe was lifted on the outside, but he also got a shoe insert! Hallelujah! In December, Ethan received his first set of same sized shoes! (I don't know about you, but it reminds me of the magical shoe elves who fix the cobbler's shoes while he sleeps! --remember the cute cartoon?)