Shoe Choices

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  1. Fairborn

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    Please, somebody, tell me you know of shoes I can wear that will support my 6 hours of standing. It's ruining my day--and I wear flats and tennies! Ideas?
     
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    I really like easy spirit!
     
  4. Andrea L

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    Born has cute flats that have support in them. There are also Merrells that are comfy. I also like the brand j41 or jambu (same thing). I've heard good things about Ahnu, but haven't actually owned a pair. Good luck! Shoes can make or break you! I use to buy cheap shoes, but don't anymore because comfort is more important!
     
  5. Learner4Life

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    I am stumped on this one too! I work at Old Navy during the summer and the cement floors for an 8 hour shift KILL me!!!! I have found my Sketchers shape-ups to be quite comfortable for those but the pair I have are for winter wear!
     
  6. Ms. I

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    We've had so many shoe threads, it's not even funny, but that's great, I LOVE shoes! :D

    Hopefully, you're willing to spend a good amt because having a good quality pair is worth it...these are our feet we're talking about. If you have a J. Stephens & The Walking Co. shoe stores in your area, definitely go there because they carry most comfort brands. Here's their sites:

    http://www.shoesjs.com/index.php
    http://www.thewalkingcompany.com/

    I've sought out & bookmarked numerous good quality, comfort shoe brands, so here they are:

    http://www.rockport.com/
    http://www.keenfootwear.com/us/en/
    http://www.teva.com/
    http://www.rgbarry.com/terrasoles/Pages/default.aspx
    http://www.taosfootwear.com/
    http://www.orthaheelusa.com/
    http://www.naturalizer.com/index.asp
    http://www.merrell.com/US/en
    http://www.hushpuppies.com/US/en
    http://www.footsmart.com/default.aspx
    http://www.eccousa.com/
    http://www.easyspirit.com/
    http://www.drschollsshoes.com/
    http://www.dansko.com/Search/?404=true&searcher=
    http://www.zappos.com/clarks
    http://www.aravonshoes.com/
    http://www.bornshoes.com/
    http://www.aerosoles.com/ - a little cheaper, but may still be OK


    By the way, a nurse friend of mine said crocs aren't as good as people think.
    And a shoe that's too flat isn't good either since there's no support.
     
  7. terptoteacher

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    http://www.crocs.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-crocs_us-Site/default/Search-Show?q=insoles

    I bought a pair of shoes at Disneyland. They look like Toms or boat shoes, but they're actually Crocs. Well they have the Croc insole. I found a site to Croc insoles, but they don't look like the ones in my shoes.
    I haven't worn any other shoes since I bought these. They are so cushy and comfy.
    I am thinking about buying the insoles from Croc.com for my other shoes.
     
  8. terptoteacher

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    Oh and a foot doc told me that the shoes that when not on your foot, the toe points up is going to be more comfortable than the shoe that the whole sole makes contact with the ground.
     
  9. Ima Teacher

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    I find a shoe with a heel or wedge to be most comfortable. When my foot is completely flat, it hurts my ankles.
     
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    I have a hard time finding heels that are comfortable. I like to wear heels with pants since I'm only 5'2. I've worn the Aerosoles. You can get them at Kohl's for under $50. I love Born clogs. They have them for under $50 at a local outlet store, Rack Room Shoes. You can also find them at Famous Footwear.

    http://www.bornshoes.com/ViewAll.aspx?GenderID=8&CategoryID=140
     
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    I have found that with my very high arches, the absolute best shoe I've owned is Alegria.

    http://www.alegriashoeshop.com/

    I can't say enough positive things about them. You won't regret buying a pair.
     
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    I'd say that the first thing is to throw budget out the window to the greatest extent possible. Shoes are one item where you generally get what you pay for. Expect to spend at least $80-150 for a dependable, quality, comfortable pair of shoes. The good part is that these shoes should last a long time, so in the end they actually don't cost more than lots of cheap shoes.

    I have a severe back problem and the single best shoes for me are Birkenstocks. I have sandals and clogs. I've worn them so long that I like how they look, but even so, their comfort overrides other concerns. Birks has a lot of different styles and colors now, so that helps.

    I know a lot of people swear by Dankso, but I've never been able to get them to fit as, like most European shoes, they don't do half sizes.

    I also have a pair of stylish nice looking Coach wedges. Even with the 3" wedge, they are supportive enough that they are very comfortable all day unless I'm having an extra bad back day. I've had them about 5 years and they still look like new, so even though they were originally over $200, it was worth it.

    I have a pair of Uggs clogs that are a lot dressier than the Birks, and those are almost as comfortable.

    I worry about this issue also as some of my shoes are getting old and I no longer buy leather. Not a problem in other areas, but finding decent shoes (i.e. quality) seems impossible except in the summer.
     
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    One of my friends buy used leather shoes on Ebay or wherever. She is often able to find them in near-new condition, and while she still hates that she's buying leather, it is at least used. It may be worth a shot looking.
     
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    I forgot to mention Earth shoes. They have what's called a negative heel. I find them incredibly comfortable. They are not to be confused with Earth Spirit which is sold at Walmart. The Earth brand I am talking about is made by Kalso.

    I just snagged a great (new) pair on eBay for $80 cheaper than retail :)

    Oh...they tend to run small, IMO.
     
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    Since the website has free shipping and free returns, I will give them a try. Thanks!
     
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    I have bad knees, so I wear Skechers Shape-ups all the time. I have two different styles of their sandals and they feel just as good as their closed shoes. Check out onlineshoes.com. They have a lot of Shape-Up sandal styles.
     
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    I wear Dansko, Clark, and Berkinstocks. I have been wearing Keens for the last few years; but last year I think the quality was a lot lower than before so I am not getting them this year.
     
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    EMonkey, I've noticed that about Keen shoes as well. When they first came out I bought a few pairs and they were fantastic. I still have them and they're 6 years old. Now, though.....notsomuch.

    It's nice to know someone else has noticed it too.
     
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    I don't buy anything leather either, but I've had to relax my rule on leather. I have back problems, and I can't find any good shoes that fit my narrow feet that don't have leather.

    I believe zappos.com has a search for vegan shoes.
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    I love Skechers shoes but I can't wear them because there is absolutely no support at all.
     
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    and you have to get them in whole sizes, but they are supposed to have a little give room in the front. I thought that was odd at first, but they are great!
     
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    I bought these earlier this week. They are super comfy (and I got them for only $24. at an outlet!)
     
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    I find that it helps alot to wear a variety of shoes. Maybe even change during the day.
     
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    i was at a Waste Expo with my Dad (long story) and we came accross a booth for liquid filled insoles. i put them in my right shoe and before i tried the left foot, i handed her my credit card.
    My husband has planter facitis...or however it is spelled...and is also a teacher and he is also a believer.
    Happy Feet insoles:
    http://www.happyfeet.net/
    totally worth every penny.
     
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    My school has a strict no-casual shoes rule (sneakers and clogs aren't allowed). This is where I always get caught--I have a hard time finding professional, dressy shoes with good arch support. I also have a somewhat narrow heel which complicates things. Does anyone know of any shoes with good arch support that are feminine and dressy enough to satisfy the dress code?
     
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    The Earth brand I mention above has a lot of Vegan shoes.
     
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    same here. I actually have a pair of balet-looking slippers that have about an inch thick squishy pad. I love to slip those on. They pass for professional shoes on the off chance I forget to slip out of them before a meeting or if someone comes in my classroom.
     
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    Speaking of Danskos, I ordered my very 1st pair earlier this yr:

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    I hate how the sizing runs & I wish they were more flexible. I've never worn shoes that fit so loose, yet I was afraid to get the smaller size because they'd be too tight, but I didn't return them because I think they're cute. I don't think I'll ever get their clogs again...another style, maybe.
     

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