Originally Posted by dc70
If you are going to go with clips... and toe straps (heaven forbid)... "toe clips," look into some cycling shoes such as these which have "nylon-reinforced sole provides good power transfer while maintaining enough flex to make walking comfortable."
Back in the day I used to use Avocet shoes that had a small steel plate in the sole to transfer the pedal pressure... otherwise the shoes looked just like any other kind of sneakers. The reinforcement will reduce the foot pain. I doubt those old Avocet shoes even exist anymore now with clipless as king.