peachexploration-- i don't know if i'm repeating what someone else already said, but i've been dealing with the same problem (wide foot, high arch) that you've mentioned, so i thought i'd share..... i found that the best shoe for wider feet is the supadance, even though they do sometimes have rounded soles which is the ugh. actually, i didn't have that problem with the 2.5" heel, only with the 3", and even that not with every pair. i think it depends on the particular cobbler that was lasting that particular pair--if they do it too tightly, the sole will curl. i personally loved the 1718 for a variety of reasons....they come with two different straps, one across the ankle and one to wind around the instep, which gives you two different shoes as far as the feelings of your feet are concerned....they don't have any straps that bite into your toes and the upper has a buckle which allows you to adjust the width (the best!). i've tried the 1518 and the 1618 as well, but didn't like them as much. hope that helps, and good luck in your quest!