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    Comfortable men's shoes that look dressy?

    I'm about to start a job that won't allow sneakers, but I'll be on my feet all day. I've only ever worn sneakers or super stiff dress shoes. What is in between? I've heard companies like Ecco and Rockport are geared towards comfort, but I really can't find anything that fits the bill. Any suggestions appreciated.

    I guess maybe I'm just looking for a particularly comfortable Oxford. But in my short time on earth I've never had a comfortable pair.
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    What's your budget? Color? Size?

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    Oh yea, good questions. Budget, I'd like to stay in the $100 or less range, but could spend more. Color, I suppose probably in the brown spectrum. Size, 10-10.5 US depending on the company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
    Oh yea, good questions. Budget, I'd like to stay in the $100 or less range, but could spend more. Color, I suppose probably in the brown spectrum. Size, 10-10.5 US depending on the company.
    Walmart ...
    Dr. Scholl'S Mens Wright Casual Shoe - Walmart.com

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Jarman-MEN...-SHOE/34077746

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/40601189?productRedirect=true


    When I have had jobs where I have to stand all day, I've found it is beneficial to have several different pairs of shoes. So get the most comfortable pair you can find from a place like Walmart ... and when you try it on there, walk around. Walk up and down the aisles. Any little annoyance ... don't get them.

    Then try another shoe shop in the shopping centre and do the same thing.

    And another.

    See if you can come away with at least 3 pair of shoes that are at least somewhat different ... maybe a slightly different heel height. Maybe slightly different flexibilty or lightness or sole thickness. You might end up having a favourite out of those 3 but it'll still feel good to change out to something else now and then.

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    Clarks. Try the "unstructured" ones as they're supposed to breathe better, although they will be a bit over budget unless they're on sale (or you find them at DSW/etc.). I'm on my second pair of these:
    Un.Sheridan Black Leather - Mens Loafers and Slip On Shoes - Clarks

    I've got another style in brown (not the unstructured, found at DSW for $60?). Also another of that un.Sheridan that I botched my size on (had to move up a 1/2). Try them on and go with the pair that feels like they're already broken in (because they probably won't change much, as I found with my botched size). Even the slip-ons hold their fit.

    Several times, I've run a mile with a backpack/laptop/thermos/textbook and they're comfy (I made my train). My current commute includes about 5 miles of walking per week. The last 4 years, I've been walking to school from work 3 times a week, adding another 5 or 6 miles per week. They hold up well even in chicago winters with salt. The sole is very quiet when you walk, not the clacking sound of a hard leather bottom (for a very formal setting you may want that sound).
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    You guys are awesome, thanks.

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    Try some Birkenstocks. Really well designed German shoes which are ideal if you are on your feet all day. More expensive than your budget but once you start wearing Birkenstocks you don't look back. Birkenstock have a range called Footprints, which are closer to a traditional dress shoe.

    Here's a Birkenstock Footprint shoe, Alegria Men's Spock cognac | Footprints Lawrence

    Here's a more traditional Birkenstock model, Birkenstock London habana oiled leather | Footprints Lawrence

    Here's an older design Footprints model which is VERY comfortable to wear with a loose fitting upper, Footprints Pasadena mocha suede licensed by Birkenstock | Footprints Lawrence

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    Oxfords, not Brogues.


    I got some good mileage out of some Ecco shoes. Did a lot of walking while on European Vacation. Dressy enough to wear to dinner, yet comfortable enough to survive being dragged around yet another Italian city-state and it's museums and cathedrals by the wife.

    When I was a barman (waaaay back) I had some Doc Marten's shoes. Simple and comfortable.

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    I've had great luck over the last 5 years or so with Sketchers.

    I'm now on my 5th & 6th pair of Tom Cats (I buy 2 pair at a time and alternate them to extend their life).

    If those are too "industrial" looking, the Workshire Corpus might be a good choice.

    Having worked in the printing industry since 1992, I've been on my feet a lot. I've worn shoes from New Balance, Doc Martens, Dr Scholls, and Sketchers. If I had to rank them in order of best to worst, I'd say Sketchers>Doc Martens>New Balance>Dr Scholls. The Sketchers are durable and comfortable. Doc Martens are durable, but have a long break-in period (in my experience). Haven't worn New Balance in at least a decade, but I remember them being decent. The Dr Scholls were comfortable to stand in, but they wore quickly and were very stiff, making it difficult to drive with them on. If it tells you anything, I bought a pair of them back in June or July of last year, and I've already replaced them. The Sketchers I just retired were purchased over 2 years ago (so about 1 year of constant wear per pair). The Doc Martens seem to last forever, but they don't feel very supportive after a while.
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    Go for black shoes. They go with whatever color clothes you are wearing.


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    hmmm.... I almost never wear black shoes. Unless it's dressy. Always brown. But I wear chinos, khakis and polos.
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    New Balance makes some comfortable and supportive shoes that might be dressy enough.

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    A shoe !

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    Gee, discussions in foo used to involve things more exciting than comfortable shoes. What's next, a discussion on whether bifocals are better than reading glasses? Favorite brands of prune juices and oatmeals?

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    Metamucil or Milk of Magnesia?
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    .... Other than being completely wrong, you're correct.

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    Doc Martens,

    simple reading glasses

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    Quote Originally Posted by trsidn View Post
    Metamucil or Milk of Magnesia?
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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Gee, discussions in foo used to involve things more exciting than comfortable shoes. What's next, a discussion on whether bifocals are better than reading glasses? Favorite brands of prune juices and oatmeals?
    hey, go start an "exciting thread," if that's what it takes to trip your trigger

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
    I'm about to start a job that won't allow sneakers,
    I worked at one company that required people to wear leather shoes. I wore my Vans everyday. No leather. Never had a complaint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Gee, discussions in foo used to involve things more exciting than comfortable shoes. What's next, a discussion on whether bifocals are better than reading glasses? Favorite brands of prune juices and oatmeals?
    Speaking of which ... do you prefer bifocals or progressive lenses?

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    I work in a hospital, on my feet, and swear by croc bistros. I tried most other types(clogs, sneakers, walking shoes) and my feet would always hurt at the end of the day. Not anymore. If those weren't appropriate for the setting, my rockports are super comfy, nice soft leather upper and sole that fits my feet well.

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    I make my living on my feet, definitely Clark.
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