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Shoes XL, a division of Casual Male Retail Group, Inc., the leading retailer in men’s big and tall clothing, announces new and innovative shoes for men who wear extended shoe sizes.

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They have the best selection I’ve seen in shoes my size -- the most variety I’ve ever had. I now have a collection of the best shoes I’ve ever owned. And the comfort factor is there. I want to live in them!

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Shoes XL, a division of Casual Male Retail Group, Inc., the leading retailer in men’s big and tall clothing, announces new and innovative shoes for men who wear extended shoe sizes.

Shoes in extended sizes, both in length and width, are typically hard to find in standard retail stores. But Shoes XL, a catalog and e-commerce site, has both size and style for those in need.

With the average American man’s shoe size only ten-and-a-half, guys with a foot size 13 or larger had few places to turn, until now.

Greg Hakman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, found it extremely challenging to find shoes for years, sacrificing comfort and style for size accommodation.

“With a size 15, you can’t just walk into a department store and find a pair of shoes,” he said. “They’re just not there. And years ago, when I could find my size, I certainly couldn’t pick shoes for comfort -- and there’s a big difference between comfort and fit.”

Shoes XL Senior Buyer Robert Murphy said Hakman’s story is all-too familiar, and he’s quick to point out that clothing size does not necessarily correlate to shoe size.

“Foot size is not dependent on anything but mother nature,” he said, stating that Shoes XL specifically caters to larger foot sizes, rather than just to guys who wear XL apparel.

“When we started Shoes XL (http://www.shoesxl.com), our goal was to align ourselves with the rest of the company’s (Casual Male Retail Group, Inc.) objective -- satisfying the larger-sized customer in all of his needs,” Murphy said. “To provide all the fashion, basics and brands that his smaller-footed counterpart could find in most better retailers, we wanted to make the shopping experience easy for him by providing top name-brand dress shoes, casual shoes, athletic styles, etc.”

Hakman who almost exclusively shops Casual Male XL for clothing to fit his 6’8” frame, now shops Shoes XL to fit his size 15s, and has increased his shoe wardrobe ten-fold.

“They have the best selection I’ve seen in shoes my size -- the most variety I’ve ever had,” he said, citing designer brands he now owns like UGG® Australia, John Varvatos® and Unlisted® by Kenneth Cole. “I now have a collection of the best shoes I’ve ever owned. And the comfort factor is there. I want to live in them!”

In addition to the extensive range of sizes and product offerings, an innovative and ever-expanding Health and Wellness footwear line (http://www.shoesxl.com/store/en_US/static/medialanding.jsp?clear=true&catID=cat360188&id=cat360194 ) focuses on comfort and well-being. For people who have larger and wider feet and suffer from foot conditions such as diabetes or bunions, this line addresses problems and offers comfort-enhanced designs.

“The health and wellness line, especially Aetrex®, has helped us to address our customers in a different way by paying attention to their particular foot health issues along with their lifestyle,” Murphy said. “This is important because people with health issues still want to exercise, so we provide them with athletic footwear in this category. They work, they chill out on the weekends…we have shoes to fit all their lifestyles.”

SHOES XL offers the most extensive selection of name-brand footwear in sizes 13 to 18 and widths up to 5E. Available by phone (1-800-690-7377) or online (http://www.shoesXL.com ), each pair is finely crafted and detailed with exceptional comfort and performance features.

About Shoes XL
SHOES XL, a division of Casual Male Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMRG) knows that big feet need big shoes, and have stepped up to meet the demand for men's current styles in lengths 13 to 18 and widths up to 5E. Shoes XL is a catalog and e-commerce website dedicated to offering style and comfort to men who have trouble finding quality footwear. Shoes XL is a division of Casual Male Retail Group, Inc., the largest retailer of big and tall men's apparel with operations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Casual Male Retail Group, Inc. operates 465 Casual Male XL retail and outlet stores, 25 Rochester Clothing stores, and direct to consumer businesses which include several catalogs and e-commerce sites. The Company is headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts, and its common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "CMRG."

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