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Oct 7, 2022 - 4:19:05 PM

mander

USA

5020 posts since 10/7/2007

We have been talking shoes of late. Imelda Marco, Phil Knight, Elton John...
I am a comfort, practical shoe wearer. I don't do showy. Today, I got the "honor" of being the first person to ever tell a visiting Mucky-muck they needed to leave the freight room because open-toed shoes were not allowed. This person found it very amusing (like the ant telling the lion where to go), but they did comply.

Your favorite shoes?

Oct 7, 2022 - 4:47:10 PM
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Owen

Canada

11878 posts since 6/5/2011
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Different boots for different purposes.... but my favorite all-rounder was an early iteration of these puppies: https://www.andrejoyal.com/icon-men-superduty-4-boots-3403-0181  I was led to believe they were no longer being produced, but it now looks like I might have to do some more due diligence. 

Tongue-in-cheek, this is a close second:

bar@drinkstuff Giant Glass Beer Boot Bierstiefel, Glass Beer Boot… (2 Pint)  : Amazon.co.uk: Home & Kitchen

Oct 7, 2022 - 5:35:39 PM
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STUD

USA

36724 posts since 3/5/2008
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Asorbien Jr. ...

Oct 8, 2022 - 4:53:57 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

27961 posts since 8/3/2003

I have a narrow foot and shoes to fit my feet are almost impossible to find. There is not a store in my town that carries any narrow shoes of any type. Ordering shoes on the internet is definitely a crap shoot. You never know if they're going to fit.

So.... my favorite footware is something that will fit my foot! Sounds silly, but if your shoes are too big, too loose or too tight, they actually can do harm to your foot.

I go more for tennies or sneaker type footware if I have to do a lot of walking.

Oct 8, 2022 - 6:41:56 AM
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4007 posts since 7/8/2010

Sketchers

Oct 8, 2022 - 7:41:09 AM

153 posts since 10/5/2019

The absolute best shoes are Birkenstocks. It’s about all I wear

Oct 8, 2022 - 2:19:10 PM
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7215 posts since 9/21/2007

Currently liking Redwing Iron Rangers.

Oct 8, 2022 - 8:54:06 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

16165 posts since 9/27/2007
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An American Podiatrist would take one look at my feet & rub his hands together with glee!

Bunions, hammer toes,one baby toenail that has turned into a horn from bashing it so many times & the other one with incurable toenail fungus. Oh & my Plantars wart on the ball of my right foot has came back & feels like stepping on a lit cigarette butt in bare feet! smiley

Oct 9, 2022 - 6:23:24 AM
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rinemb

USA

14973 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Texasbanjo

I have a narrow foot and shoes to fit my feet are almost impossible to find. There is not a store in my town that carries any narrow shoes of any type. Ordering shoes on the internet is definitely a crap shoot. You never know if they're going to fit.

So.... my favorite footware is something that will fit my foot! Sounds silly, but if your shoes are too big, too loose or too tight, they actually can do harm to your foot.

I go more for tennies or sneaker type footware if I have to do a lot of walking.


My 5'10" wife had 10N shoe size.  with age I think she can manage a 9-1/2 med now?  She shares your pain.  I have literally seen her in tears of frustration at shoe stores.  At our wedding, she wore ballet slippers under her floor length gown, just to be comfortable-and not taller than me.  Now most of her shoes are purchased via internet.  Brad

Oct 9, 2022 - 6:26:56 AM
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rinemb

USA

14973 posts since 5/24/2005

I have been wearing Merrill jungle mocs for 20 years are so now, as my everyday wear shoe. I have two pairs always. The older ones become my yard work and job shoes, the newer pair my go to the office shoes. Since their Wide fit has actually become a true W the break time now is nil. Brad

Oct 9, 2022 - 7:23:50 AM
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DWFII

USA

509 posts since 1/9/2022

The foot is one of the most architecturally complex forms in nature. It is doubtful that, short of a bespoke fit, anyone in the US... in particular... has ever had a perfect fit or even knows what a correct fit is.

Once upon a time there were no Medium or Wide fittings. Shoes were made in A widths, B widths, C widths, D widths and E widths... as well as AA, AAA, AAAA, EE, EEE, EEEE and H. And shoe lengths ranged from 4, in adult sizes, to 14, with half sizes every step of the way. Each half size was @5/32" longer or shorter than the corresponding full size. And even then the options were,  physiologically, only vaguely close to ideal,

And this was just in commercially (mass manufactured) shoes.

Shoemaking, as a Trade/discipline recognized that even with such a span, the chances of a correct, healthy, supportive fit were less than optimal, but it was at least an attempt to approach a solution.

And now, as an Industry and as a matter of 'principle', shoe manufacturers have abandoned all effort to actually fit the foot.

Hammer toes and bunions, in particular, are near-as-nevermind always a result of long term abuse due to improper fit. Other foot problems, esp. structural, can be the result of, or can be aggravated by poor fit.

Even athlete's foot (tinea pedis) and other fungus infections are are thought to be mostly related to poorly constructed shoes. Sport shoes and other 'occlusive' foot wear being the major  culprit.

Caveat Emptor.

Edited by - DWFII on 10/09/2022 07:28:18

Oct 9, 2022 - 7:35:41 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

1847 posts since 8/9/2019

Very 'regular' shaped foot/arch here. Almsot any size US11 shoe from any maker fits like a glove. 

I do so much mileage on foot with the dog that I only buy extremely durable 'hiking' shoes, never boots as they are too heavy and I don't want to look like I'm wearing a military boot or something.

I prefer sneaker-cut, gore-tex waterproof shoes.... Doing about 10km 365 days a year, rain or shine, snow or hurricane, durability is my #1 priority, comfort is a distant 2nd priority.

In order of durability:
#1a: Lowa
#1b: La Sportiva

The rest:
Merrell
Salomon
Altra
Altama

Edited by - ChunoTheDog on 10/09/2022 07:37:12

Oct 9, 2022 - 11:28:52 AM

heavy5

USA

2476 posts since 11/3/2016

Leather slip on , both ankle & reg so I can oil & waterproof them .
Try not to get out much but have a clean pair for special trips off the hill .

Oct 9, 2022 - 11:33:02 AM

kww

USA

1845 posts since 6/21/2008

Bormios.


 

Oct 9, 2022 - 11:35:29 AM

heavy5

USA

2476 posts since 11/3/2016

Kevin , Have u gotten used to being tracked ?

Oct 9, 2022 - 11:37:01 AM

kww

USA

1845 posts since 6/21/2008

quote:
Originally posted by heavy5

Kevin , Have u gotten used to being tracked ?


I certainly leave a distinctive trail.

Oct 9, 2022 - 12:03:01 PM
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banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

12577 posts since 2/22/2007

Twenty odd years ago I lucked upon a great shoe salesman who knew exactly what my aching feet needed. I have been living in Thorlos Light Hiker socks and Merrill Jungle Mocs ever since, which completely solved my foot problems. That salesman went on to open his own store which was an instant success because he is really good at his job---so rare!

Oct 10, 2022 - 8:10:17 PM

Paul R

Canada

16220 posts since 1/28/2010

In '73 I bought a pair of Adidas, comparable to the current Gazelles. They were the most comfortable shoes I'd ever worn up to then - and maybe since. I was hooked, and, in runners, have bought Adidas ever since. In the mid to late Seventies I wore out a pair of Adidas "Runners". In the mid-Eighties we were in an Adidas store in Toronto, where the young sales woman said, "You have the classic Adidas foot!" Whatever that means. I am currently using a pair of Gazelles that I've been wearing for way more than five years. They're not made as elegantly as my first pair, but they've lasted. They're not perfect, but good enought for my narrow feet, too. (I still have the white canvas Sperry Topsiders that the Adidas replaced. Not exactly white any more, but still serviceable. And I wear leather Topsiders around the house.)

I also sport a pair of Merrell hiking boots I bought in '95 made with Gore-Tex. They look worn but are still in great shape. And I have various cycling shoes.

Oct 10, 2022 - 8:49:06 PM
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TN Time

USA

404 posts since 12/6/2021

For the last 30 years or so I have worn nothing but Courtney shoes and boots. They are extremely durable, light weight, comfortable, water resistant, and look great. A little pricey, but well worth it. They are made in Zimbabwe of cape buffalo hide and distributed in the USA by Westley Richards in Montana.
Robert

Oct 11, 2022 - 6:03:27 AM

8160 posts since 9/5/2006

skechers for day to day,, justin ostrich for dress up ,, and k swiss tennis shoes.

Oct 11, 2022 - 12:41:02 PM

1680 posts since 7/14/2004

Rockport Pro Walkers for casual use.

Thorogood Moc toe 8 inch speed lace for outdoor pursuits. Made in USA.




Oct 11, 2022 - 3:27:45 PM

13501 posts since 1/15/2005

Mostly Saucony running shoes when I wear shorts (all the time in summer) or blue jeans (most of the time in winter). I have a pair of Johnston and Murphy leather casual shoes that I wear with Khakis. I tried Hokas last year and liked them a lot, but not quite as much as the Sauconys. I also have a go to shoe store where the owner knows what he is talking about ....... rare!

Oct 11, 2022 - 7:37:40 PM

Brian T

Canada

19493 posts since 6/5/2008

I don't have a lot of feeling in my feet, left foot in particular and it swells every day to 2 sizes bigger than my right foot. I have been wearing Kaufman Foamtreads, the "Doctor" model for the past few years. Light weight, they protect my feet and fit well enough for both feet. Big Velcro closures.
When the outer heel of pair #1 wore through, I immediately bought pair #2 and pair #3. #3 means that #2 will never wear out.

Oct 12, 2022 - 5:41:17 AM
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4486 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by ChunoTheDog

Very 'regular' shaped foot/arch here. Almsot any size US11 shoe from any maker fits like a glove. 

I do so much mileage on foot with the dog that I only buy extremely durable 'hiking' shoes, never boots as they are too heavy and I don't want to look like I'm wearing a military boot or something.

I prefer sneaker-cut, gore-tex waterproof shoes.... Doing about 10km 365 days a year, rain or shine, snow or hurricane, durability is my #1 priority, comfort is a distant 2nd priority.

In order of durability:
#1a: Lowa
#1b: La Sportiva

The rest:
Merrell
Salomon
Altra
Altama


Sounds pretty similar to me Antoine.  I live in Salomon GTX trail shoes, and as soon as a pair stert looking worn, I order a new pair and keep the worn ones as spare (and throw the previous spare in the bin).  Ive been wearing exactly the same model for years.

Last pair of boots I bought were la Sportiva - I'd never buy another pair.  They leaked from the onset - I might have been unlucky but I'm not prepared to risk it again.

Oct 13, 2022 - 6:23:31 AM

Buddur

USA

3369 posts since 10/23/2004

I have 2 pair of Alico boots, Summit and Tahoe, and can't say enough good about them.  Old school construction for sure, but bombproof.

And Vans for simple warm-weather footwear.

Oct 14, 2022 - 3:46:53 PM

4001 posts since 9/9/2010

Chanel heels and sandals
Dior sling backs

Hermes Oran sandals 
Ferragamo for skirt suits/lawyer stuff
Tall boots, knee high (my favorite new ones are from Target, go figure)
And, New Balance sneakers!

Edited by - JMalmsteen on 10/14/2022 15:50:09

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