Do you have a favorite pair of shoes?

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   Posted 2/20/2009 12:36 AM (GMT -7)   
My feet hurt!  Alot.  In the hopes that spring will come and/or I will get out of this house someday (!), I am in need of some new shoes. 
I'm looking for something simple, low to no heel, a casual shoe that I can wear everyday. I do have a wide foot.
Do you have a particular brand or style that you like? 
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!! :-)
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   Posted 2/20/2009 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Julie, I really don't have a brand I like best but I just wanted to say my slippers are what I wear at home, all of the time, they are my everyday wear.  LOL  Sorry, that is what came into my mind first.  I am sure some people here will have some good answers for you.  I have been wanting to try Berkenstocks (sp) I have heard they are really good.  Hugs, Denise  

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   Posted 2/20/2009 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I wear tennis shoes most of the time when I'm out, but when I have to dress up, I usually wear Aerosoles.  They are kind of pricey, but my feet are in constant pain, and I can tolerate Aerosoles pretty well (at least for part of the day).  Like Denise, though, slippers are my footwear of choice. smilewinkgrin
There is also an online an site called  (you can get a paper catalog if you don't like online shopping) that has a wide variety of foot friendly shoes.  They also have tons of other items to help with problem feet.  I have ordered from them several times.
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   Posted 2/20/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm like Austen.  The only shoes I can wear besides certain tennis shoes and slippers(my fav) are Aerosoles because the leather is soft and they are light weight.  I can't wear anything with a seam near my big toes so it's hard to find a shoe that doesn't hurt.  Yes...I am a fashion plate.  I go for what's comfortable and not in style.



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   Posted 2/20/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I really like my New Balance tennis shoes. They are super comfortable and pretty much the only thing I can wear anymore (that and my slippers, of course...)

I have to say I've never been a super fashionable person, but I do love cute shoes. I really miss being able to wear them :(
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   Posted 2/20/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   

WOOHOO!!! I love this subject!! smilewinkgrin

I guess it is really dependent on what you are looking for and how much you are willing to pay. I don't mind spending money on my shoes because they are going to last and generally, you will get what you pay for. So, hopefully this will help.

My all time favorites are:

Tennis shoes: Saucony. They have a decent range of middle to high priced shoes and are SUPER comfortable. I have a neutral foot so I don't need support, but I am pretty sure that they offer shoes with support. If they don't have something you are looking for, I am a HUGE fan of Mizuno's. They are more firm, but offer lots of support (if you make sure to get the right type). If you need more help to figure out if you pronate or supernate or what-not, let me know or google it. You should be able to figure out your foot type. Also, being in the right shoe for walking/running will help other ailments like knee pain and lower back pain. It all starts at the feet. I also hear that Brooks are good, although, I haven't gotten a chance to try them and from what I can tell, they are for those that need support. New Balance has potential. Be careful though, the higher the number the higher the quality. I believe they have comfy shoes, but I don't know much about their support.

Comfy casual and cute: Merrells. These are at a pretty decent price point and are the #1 repeat buying brand in America. I have 8 pairs of these. I even like their sandals because of the arch support and cushion. They have a huge variety of shoes, sandals, and boots and it seems like they can all be worn right out of the box. My only concern could be that they are not all wide enough for you.

Sandals: Chaco or Birkenstock (or Merrell) I like the Chaco because of the support and sportyness. However, the Birkenstock is a European shoe and has a wide to box. The European brands (Dansko and Ecco as well) do not make wides or half sizes, instead they have created a fit that is narrower in the heal to hold the shoe where it is supposed to, but the toe box is wide so your toes and feet have room to breath and move. I have known many people that swear by their Birkenstocks and I can definately see why. They have a cork sole which is comfy and they offer a lot of support. I believe they are recommended by foot doctors.

Nicer dressy type or more than casual: Ecco and Dansko. If you ever pay attention to the shoes that many nurses wear, they are a stapled clog. Those are Danskos. They are great on the arch and offer a rocking motion that allows the shoe to do the work. I have 2 pairs of these and love them both. My feet do not feel restricted at all. They are great if you need to stand for a long while. If you try these for the first time, do note that it will take 2-3 weeks to get used to the rocking motion of the shoe, after that, you'll love em! As for the Ecco's, I was not a fan of the styles, but they are super comfy and the sole is very durable. It is made out of the same material that a bouncy ball is. Also they use superior leather for the upper. These are able to be worn for hours right out of the box and will mold to your feet. I bought my husband 3 pairs of Eccos for christmas last year and he says they are the greatest dress shoes he has ever worn.

Others: I love my crocs. I know they are ugly, but they are getting better. I wore them around an amusement park ALL day and didn't have a single problem. So did my mom and she has screws in her big toes. I also love my Adidas soccer sandals. They have a wonderful footbed and are super comfortable.

I hope this has given you some options. I know that it might be overwhelming at first, but at least you have some knowledge now. If you have any questions, let me know. I am a shoe fanatic and even worked at a shoe store finishing up with college.



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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I have 22 pairs of Birkenstocks.  Need I say more?  turn    I had plantar faciitis so badly that I could barely walk but these fixed the problem!
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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Aimee - that was a thorough response! I am used to wearing heels for work, but I think, for the most part those days are over.

I'm familiar with Berkies, but have never tried any. Sherrine, I didn't know they made 22 different styles! I'll have to take a look.

Danielle: NB running and walking shoes are the ones that fit me best.

And, I have to agree, slippers are nicest! However, if I start to leave the house in my slippers, my husband will definitely think I've totally lost it!

Thanks, all, for the input!!
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   Posted 2/20/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Julie,

One piece of advice that really made a difference for me was NO thongs. Nothing between the toes. It has helped my foot pain as thongs cause an unnatural lifting of the foot. Living in FLA I wore them constantly.

NOW if you want some great style like I do and comfort check out M by Morenatum. I am stopped literally everywhere and asked about these hot great shoes. Won't give a bio here but they were designed by a gal with breast cancer for great walking with style. They are not cheap but so worth the price. Check them out.


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   Posted 2/20/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Forgot to say I could walk to Dallas and back in these shoes. I have awful foot pain too, my main fibro point is my feet!!!

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   Posted 2/20/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Clarks Pr!vos. I have 3 pair and love them. Two are low heels I can wear to work and one is a nice modern looking casual tennis shoe type. I can wear these two days in a row. Yay.

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   Posted 2/20/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess that I am a slipper person too. I wear them all of the time and when I am out, I wear a pair of slides that I have had forever. But when I go walking or in the woods, it is my hiking boots. Which reminds me, I can't wait for spring to get here and for this snow to leave.

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   Posted 2/21/2009 1:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Favorite shoes? One of my favorite topics! I love wearing heels; I have worn them practically my entire life. I grew up in the theatre and was always involved in some type of dance and heels were always required. When I taught ballroom dance, another type of heels were needed. So I am very accustomed to wearing heels and for the most part I am comfortable in them. I do have lots of shoe stories but this is my favorite one, and my daughter wrote a story about this story (?) in her college newspaper. So- this was 6 years ago, I was slowly recovering from the big H and was walking slow and not feeling too awful. One of my first trips out was a visit to a shoe store. My daughter and I were crusing the aisles and she said, "mom! look at these!" They were the tackiest pair of shoes I had ever seen: they were mid-blue denim pumps, with a classic pointy toe; the fabric on the toe was brown corderoy, and they were 2.5 inches. They were nasty looking! And they were $5. So my daughter insists I try them on and that I must buy them, just because they were $5 and we would always remember my first post-H shoe purchase. I tried them on , they fit like a glove and I fell in love with them. I STILL have these pumps and there are times when I need a little extra "zhuuzghe" in my strut- I put on those pumps and I am ready-to-go! We still laff about that day. Dang I love those shoes- and they generate alot of chatter wherever I wear them.
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   Posted 2/21/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   

I love my Ryka's.  The walking shoe in particular.  For those of you who don't know about Ryka's they are made and designed by women to fit a woman's foot.  Smaller in the heel and wider in the front.  They don't just take a mold for a mans shoe and cut it down to fit a woman.  Actually, they don't make mens or childrens shoes.  They fit beautifully, have support in all the right places and wear like iron.  I had my first pair for a year and a half before I finally had to give up on them and that was when I was able to walk around all over the place.

My second favorite is Minnetonca moccasins, I prefer the ones without the rubber sole.  Don't much need it in my wheelchair.  They are a comfy as slippers, but acceptable to wear out in public.

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   Posted 2/21/2009 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
nurse shoes, i had a job that i ws running around for 10 hours at a time and nurse saved my life. i am not working now and still spend the money to get them, most you just slip on and off.
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   Posted 2/21/2009 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I posted here earlieer but my computer went dead, I love my skeechers for daily wear, My feet hurt alot If i wear dress shoes they are usually the big chunky kind, I really miss shoes I use to have 200 pair we had a closet just for my shoes Then fibro came along and stole my fun.
Also love my slippers.
I have noticed you folks in the south call them tennis shoes, In the north they call them sneakers. I grew up in tennessee and im in pa now Its like the coke , soda, pop thing everything in tennessee is coke in pa it is soda when we go to ny it is pop. love the differences we all share

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   Posted 2/21/2009 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
LeeAnn, I moved to the southwest a few years ago and people always look at me funny when I say sneakers. I tell people that I am much more likely to "sneak" when wearing the shoes than I am to play tennis. I don't think I'll ever adjust to calling lollipops suckers.

I only wear sneakers and hiking boots when I can get away with it. I have always had wide feet so the thought of a narrow high heeled shoes makes me cringe.

I fell in love with crocs and started wearing them everwhere but after about 6 months I developed plantar fascitis so now I only wear them around the house or to the pool.

I should dress more professionally at work but I can't make it though the day without socks and comfortable shoes. At my age, I look silly wearing skirts with sneakers.

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   Posted 2/21/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all for the new posts! Can't wait to do some screen shopping now that my internet is back up...went without for 24 hours and my withdrawals were almost as bad as from any drug!

Thanks again,
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I had severe spinal stenosis, had fusion done on C5-7, and my life has changed. 

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