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Old 03-16-12, 09:16 PM   #1
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I absolutely loathe shoe shopping.

I must get some new shoes this weekend. My current pair of sneakers won't make it another week- and neither will my feet. My new job has me standing on my feet all day long on a concrete floor, so I'll need to find something with some decent cushioning...

The really sucky part is trying on a bunch of different pairs of shoes, find a pair that feels decent in store, then within 3 hours of actually wearing them, you want to just toss the shoes into the rubbish bin and dip your feet into a vat of acid.
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Old 03-16-12, 09:25 PM   #2
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I know. On Wednesday I was passing through Boise Idaho and stopped at the Sierra Trading Post store, where the prices and the styles are the bomb. So the shoe department had some great styles going on, but every shoe I was interested in, they did't have my size. I was like....WTF!! Oh well, I used the potty and drove on into Oregon and back to Eugene.
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I put double shoe inserts (arch supports) in my work shoes. Makes them more comfortable.
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I also spend the day on my feet, often on concrete. Finding good, comfortable shoes is worth it.

The most recent pair are Merrel Chameleon light hiking boots. Good foot protection, good traction and super comfortable.
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If possible go see a orthotic speciaqlist and see if they have any ideas and maybe get checked to see if you need orthotics.
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If possible go see a orthotic speciaqlist and see if they have any ideas and maybe get checked to see if you need orthotics.
If you get checked to see if you need orthotics, guaranteed they'll say you need orthotics.
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I am sure shoe shopping loathes you, too.
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I've worn the same brands of shoes for years so I order online. New Balance 991/2/3 running shoes, Ecco and Sperry at work and Sidi for cycling.
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I prefer light boots over shoes for walking as they give better ankle support and they help me deal with neuropathy in my left foot but switch these out for five finger shoes when the weather and health allows so I can work my foot as much as possible and get the best level of feedback. My left foot is half dead and find that shoes or boots that are not really flexible in the sole just prevent your foot from moving and flexing and isolate you from whatever you are walking or standing on.

When I cycle I use clipless and my touring shoes are extremely comfortable.

My wife also has five finger shoes and the Merrel version which looks like a regular casual shoe and she loves these... these have really helped with some post surgical back issues and she says these are as comfortable a shoe she has ever worn.

Some find that "barefoot" shoes really help with foot issues and can make them stronger and more flexible whereas a closed rigid shoe prevents natural foot motion.

Just bought the nicest pair of casual boots at a local chain here (Work Wearhouse) that specializes in work boots but also offers some great casual foot wear with some great design features that make them almost like walking barefoot but still offer good support in the uppers.

Real leather also breathes which is beneficial for foot health.
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Shoe shopping is no problem. Every four to five years I just buy a new pair of Red Wing work boots.
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I found all my shoes at the GoodWill, all brand new, all very comfy. 3 pairs of dress shoes, 2 pairs of sneakers, 2 pairs of winter boots, 1 pair of hiking boots, two pair of house shoes, 1 pair of house shoes I use when I go to the garage, and a pair of VERY COMFY Oxford Police type shoes I use when I walk the dog. =0) If I did the math correctly I paid like 83 dollars for all! ;0)
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I also spend the day on my feet, often on concrete. Finding good, comfortable shoes is worth it.

The most recent pair are Merrel Chameleon light hiking boots. Good foot protection, good traction and super comfortable.
I love Merrell shoes but I hate paying full price so I look for them at Marshalls and other discount stores. They sell the shoes for around $35 but they generally only have funky colors. My current Merrells are forest green and my previous pair were cranberry red.
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Shoe shopping is no problem. Every four to five years I just buy a new pair of Red Wing work boots.


Considering that Redwing boots are still hand made (mostly) and are still made in Missouri as they have been since 1905... it makes them an even sweeter deal.

Merrel does make some very good shoes and I agree with ilikebikes in that you can sometimes score some great deals if you look around... scored some new Merrel winter mocs for $5.00 and my Uvex safety shoes for $2.00 which are excellent for cycling with clip and straps.
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Considering that Redwing boots are still hand made (mostly) and are still made in Missouri as they have been since 1905... it makes them an even sweeter deal.

Merrel does make some very good shoes and I agree with ilikebikes in that you can sometimes score some great deals if you look around... scored some new Merrel winter mocs for $5.00 and my Uvex safety shoes for $2.00 which are excellent for cycling with clip and straps.
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I've had several pair of Red Wings. Good footwear.

Currently wearing Caterpillars (CAT). Sneakers simply don't have adequate support for 8+ hours on concrete. I usually swap out the insoles for Dr Scholl's or something similar.
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I do have a pair of Hi-Tec Altitude IV hiking boots that I generally use for light snow/slush conditions. Think I wore them maybe twice in the past 4 months. They are waterproof, so there may be some thermal/odor issues to contend with...

I think I'll check and see about putting a different insole or something in these and see if I can live with them.
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I love shoe shopping and will spend at least an hour to find the right shoe. I keep several pairs so I never have to wear the same one during a weeks time. See, I've been watching women and that's one secret to not having foot odor. Good quality leather shoes that you can bring a shine to for weekends and lounging around.
I also keep 3 cheaper pairs wear at work.
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Shoe shopping is no problem. Every four to five years I just buy a new pair of Red Wing work boots.
Picked up a pair of what used to be called Irish Setters. Took a bit to break them in, but now I love them. Had them for 3 years. They can be resoled. The leather looks better with age. Very comfortable for standing. Bit heavy and expensive up front, but A+ and worth the bucks.

Also like Rockports for more upscale occasions. Best camping advice I ever got was to put your money on your feet, sleeping bag, and tent. Everything else was a detail.
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I'm a difficult fit for shoes, just like pretty much every other article of clothing I wear. Nothing fits my long, narrow, low-profile feet very well, and I can't stand a loose-fitting shoe. It makes for a frustrating shoe shopping experience.
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I took this thread to heart and bought two pair of shoes online today. A new pair of racewalking shoes ($30 off) and a new pair of leather Merrill shoes ($40 off).
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Went and looked at some insoles and whatnot today...and didn't get anything. I need to wear the boots more to figure out exactly what type of insole/insert to try. I may also try just wearing two pairs of socks to provide some extra cushioning.
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