What shoes to wear?

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  1. Galois

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    Last year, I had a problem with my feet - standing all day, I lacked blood circulation on my toes. Now, did putting insoles on your shoes helped with this problem? I'm thinking of buying a pair or two. Thanks.
     
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    What kind of shoes did you wear?

    My back is naturally rather crappy and my knee was injured in an auto accident, so I refuse to wear uncomfortable shoes. I most often wear quality tennis shoes. I never agreed with the whole "beauty is pain" idea, and I don't find anything offensive about tennis shoes in a school setting. Heck, or any setting, really. Would you consider seeing a shoe or foot specialist and finding a good fit for your needs?
     
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    Dansko are very good for your feet. They are also a little, I think ugly, and expensive. That being said, I have and wear a pair of clogs. They are comfortable and helped a great deal with my plantar fasciitis. You can also look at Clarks, Merrell, and Sofft. They are all good shoes.
     
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    This kind of thing really depends on your particular feet. Since you're having circulation issues, it might be a good idea to see a specialist as JustMe suggested. Someone with high arches needs different support than someone with wide, flat feet. As for me, I like almost no support! The closer to barefoot, the better. :)
     
  6. Galois

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    Thanks to all your ideas. The circulation in my feet is back to normal after a long rest. If the shoes you suggested don't work, I may see a foot specialist. By the way, I just used a regular non-brand-name leather shoes. Thanks.
     
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    The older I get the more support my feet need. I try to alternate shoes. One day a shoe with a little heel, the next day flats, ect. I have 4 pairs of shoes & I try to not wear the same pair 2 days in a row. I've found that that helps.

    I also found that I have a couple of shoes that I need to wear thicker socks with or they are uncomfortable & my feet hurt. Something to try or think about.
     
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    Shoes are the worst item to pinch pennies on. I would expect to budget at least $100-150 for a quality pair of shoes that will support your feet and back properly. They will last longer than cheaper ones too, so will probably even be more economical in the end.

    I have a severe back problem and shoes are such a nightmare to find. I have high arches, so flats don't work for me, even if I can get them to stay on my feet, and Danskos have a heel that is usually at a bad height for my spinal alignment. I have pretty much given up and just wear Birks/Birk clogs.
     
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    I wear the brand Easy Spirit and Aerosoles when I was student teaching, I have to say they were the most comfortable shoes ever! They look decent and you can find them frequently on sale (otherwise retail price can get a bit expensive).

    I also suggest buying those shoes that look formal on top but the bottom is similar to that of a sneaker :) I don't think putting insoles would be too helpful in the long run- eventually you would probably have to replace those. So spending more for a quality pair like mollydoll has said, is definitely more worth it (your feet will thank you)!
     
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    I'm a guy so it's obviously different for me than a women but I buy the same shoes over and over. Rockport World Tour's. I know the size that fits so I can buy them online cheaper. They look like shoes but feel more like sneakers.
     
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    Welcome to the forum Mimii! You are probably correct on insoles. I might as well buy a really good pair of shoes. Thanks.

    Thanks also kpa1b2, mollydoll, and the rest for the suggestions. Well, it is so important a topic for teachers since we stand and walk all day.
     
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    DH does the same thing. His Rockports are being discontinued so he bought a couple of pair.
     
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    I wear Clark's or Sofft brand and love them. You can buy them at JCP or Macy' or many other places.
     
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    I wear Birkenstocks to work. They are great support for the arch in my feet. They give me the support I need to be on my feet all day. You may want to look into them. I know some people do not like the style of them but I am being practical...
     
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    That was going to be my exact advice, too! Both of the brands are amazing and really affordable for what you get. I have plantar fasciitis and they are the only brands I can wear all day and come home with no foot pain at all.
     
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    I bit the bullet and bought a pair of Danskos. They are not pretty, but my feet and back don't ache at the end of the work day anymore.
     
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    I have my preferred pair of Clarks. They were $120 the first few times I got them (sometimes I could get them for $90 online), but they stopped making them so I stocked up on them at $35. I'll have to find a new style soon.
     
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    I will echo everyone else...Clark's, Sofft and Born are the only brands I wear. I have crazy feet (really flat and I overpronate severely), and these are the only shoes that I can wear comfortably all day!
     
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    I have some Softspots that I really like. I got them from JCPenneys for quite a bit cheaper than the listed price.
     
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    Really good shoes are definitely the answer. I agree that Dansko is great, but Munro, Josef Seibel, and Beautifeel are also very comfortable. Expect to pay $125 to $200 for a pair.
     
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    What you find comfortable and what someone else finds comfortable are going to be very different things. Try some different ones. Some places will even offer walk tests, so you can take them home and wear them before making a decision.

    I do agree not to skimp on shoes. All of my most comfortable ones are between $100-150 a pair. However, I shop sales and discount places, so I'm paying between $29 and $79 a pair most times.

    My feet are short and wide, plus I have gouty arthritis in my toes and ankles. I do much better in an open-toe type of shoes, so I'll wear sandals from late March to early November. I have a hard time wearing insoles since they do take up room in the shoe. My feet are super wide, so I'm not able to get an insole and my foot in many shoes. (Some do come with removable insoles, so I can replace it with another.)

    Many people like an athletic type shoe. Most of those make my feet hurt because they rub my heels. It's just the way my foot is made.

    Others like flat shoes, but I have high arches. Most flat shoes don't have arch support. My BFF wears only Crocs shoes and sandals. I can't wear them due to the squishy heel. My ankles kill me when I wear squishy shoes.

    My favorite teaching shoes are from Sofft and Soft Spots. They are heels, and they look uncomfortable. However, they come in wide widths, and they have arch support and firm, rubber soles. I can teach in them all day with no problem. People on here have said that those of us who say heels are comfortable are lying, and that irks me. What in the world do I have to gain about lying about shoe comfort? I'm in my 40's, and I'm way past the style over comfort thing. However, I'm not going to throw on any old pair of shoes and claim I wear them for comfort when I can find comfort and style. Most of my casual shoes are Birkenstocks, although I've had some Life Stride, Born, and Clarks that aren't bad. Even wide Clarks are narrow for me, though. I have a pair of Sperry Topsiders that are decent, and my Privo shoes are great, but very casual.
     
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    My feet are happiest in Birkenstocks, but I don't like how they complete an outfit. I'm planning to wear more ballet flats this year since I think they look good with pants or skirts/dresses. I just bought 2 pairs on clearance: born and Clarks.
     
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    Sigh... It really bothers me that my light-hearted comment about this is still being referenced.
     
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    I tend to not wear high heels, only because I think it is disrespectful to my students and the other classes.

    When I am walking down the hall, you can hear me trekking down it. I am also a pacer, and I like to walk through my students desks, and so I would much prefer to wear quiter shoes.

    Usually, I wear flats.
     
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    Honestly, I'd ask my doctor and his / her office crew what they wear. They're on their feet as much as teachers are, and they probably researched it from an OSHA / health perspective.
     
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    By the way, kind of related... Have you all seen those Dr. Scholls insole machines in town? You step on without shoes and it recommends products (I assume). I ask because they are always so incredibly filthy when I see them. Big ol' dirty feet outlines. Eek!
     
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    That comment alone is enough to keep me from even looking for one.
     
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    I have a pair of flats that are noisy! Thankfully, my room is carpeted!
     
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    As I recall, the OP is a man.
     
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    Oh. Then even stronger than usual, I do NOT recommend heals. :haha:
     
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    Oh, my husband wears Birkenstocks (not the sandals, the work shoes.) He swears by them.
     
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    :spitwater::spitwater::spitwater:

    In that case... maybe dress shoes, sperrys, etc:blush:
     
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    I was thinking more along the heels or no heels discussion ;)
     
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    Both Clark's and Born shoes have men's and women's shoes of a variety of styles.
     
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    I wasn't meaning that toward you in particular, and in all honesty I did not even remember a particular person who mentioned it. It's been a common comment on this and other sites when teacher shoes are mentioned.
     
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    Okay...thanks for the note. I said that in a genuinely light-hearted manner not long ago and was attacked for it...so I'm a little sensitive to it.
     
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    DITTO!
    My back is less stiff when I wake in the AM too.
    They are not my style, but I feel so much better that I don't care anymore.
    Nurses wear them!
     
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    Those Shoes which are comfort to wear easily like lather shoes or you can choose woodland brand's.
     

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