What shoes do you wear?

just wondering what everyone weard. im looking at new balance…heard they are good. thoughts and commentd appreciated.

Excuse the spelling…cant see what im typing on my phone…lol.

I'm a big fan of going to a specialty running store to get shoes, particularly running shoes. I've run in some New Balance shoes that I liked a lot (2011 NB 890s...) but, when I go to the local running stores of which we have three here, they have treadmills. A lot of times, I'll try to go during the week, when they aren't as busy. They'll watch me walk and check my footprint (arches...) out and then go "you need this [Neutral...] kind of shoe..." and then I just try them all out, run on the treadmill and figure out which one feels the best. I'll spend a while, put one shoe on each foot and go through them all before I pick. Sometimes those stores can be a bit pricier but even when I had started walking around the neighborhood, to dry to get in better shape, the shoes I got that way worked and were comfortable.

Every brand has different models of shoes (Stability/ Neutral/ Performance/ various racing/ flat/ barefoot models as well...) but I think that it's worth some time to find shoes that are the best, even if they're only slightly better than some other pair. There's a few other sorts that can be interesting. Some of the "barefoot" shoes are ***really*** excellent for various sorts of lower duration activities.

I like the Brooks Pure Cadence shoes a lot as they have a toe separator and the footbed is contoured like Birkenstocks, but they are running shoes. The heel isn't really built up and I've had most of my fastest runs in them but my old ones are awesome to wear to work/ store/ hanging out/ etc. I've run moderate distances in them and they're a bit light for me to do 15+ miles but they're really excellent shoes that are a bit different and are extremely comfortable. I'd at least compare a pair at the running store!

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I've been buying New Balance since they first started making them in Cambridge in the 70's. I'm tall with 13B shoe size, and most running shoes are only available in medium width. New Balance has many different widths and they fit my feet better than any others I've tried. I've owned other running shoes but never been happy with them.

Once they're too worn to be "running shoes", they become my everyday shoes. (But I do change into slippers at work since I'm indoors at my desk most of the time).

The shoes I wear to work are New Balance - they actually have a small collection of casual type dress shoe (if that makes any sense! :)) in addition to running shoes. I absolutely love these shoes - they have the look of a dress shoe but the feel of a running shoe. The staff at the New Balance store measured my foot width and size and the fit has been perfect.

Of course, I'm not always so good at protecting my feet - at home I love to wear my flip flops... it gets hot and humid here.

I wear Ariat riding shoes with ties. They are actually low cut boots, leather, very well made, waterproof and are wide enough for my wide feet. Manure does not harm them. I change to Crocs and flipflops inside the house. I live on a farm so my needs are different. I buy a new pair each year and they become my going-to-town shoes for a year.

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Idk your physical stats, but I have had awesome luck in beating painful neuropathy, etc… in my feet, simply by having chosen Hoka brand running shoes, and sof-science casual shoes. I am 6’ at 247 lbs, but am very active at the gym, and on the asphalt.

I like Drew shoes. I have neuropathy and other walking problems.

I love Asics. I’m on my feet most of the day and have an high instep, so they are the only shoe I can wear where my feet aren’t cramping at the end of the day. They do fit a little more narrow, but have been ok for me. I’ve tried New Balance, Nike, Converse, Dansko and a few others, but they all kill my feet.

I’ve become a big fan of “barefoot” shoes these days… Overall, my feet are much more comfortable and have fewer problems after sticking with this type of shoe most of the past year. But, yes, it takes some time to acclimate to them after wearing shoes with raised heels, all sorts of “support,” etc. for many years – I’m still not totally there, but see lots of improvement.

Nothing but Tevas, baby! Men's Omnium 2 Closed-toe Sandal | Teva®

I’ve had probably 8-10 pairs of those, plus 3 Teva hiking boots. I can’t get comfortable in anything else. I recently received a pair of Keen boots from Zappos.com. Had to send them right back–they don’t fit my arch well. then I spent the extra $20 needed to get another pair of Teva boots. They fit great! No break-in required, for a hiking boot–that says it all.

My gawd, I don’t get barefoot! I’ve already had a few crunched toes over the years from stubbing my toes. Besides which, conventional wisdom for diabetics is to not go barefoot. I’m so glad I wore my Tevas the entire week I was at my stepsons place, as i accidentally stepped into a huge metal track which separates the house from the Florida room. I would surely have broken 1 or more toes. His family takes off their shoes at the door. I don’t, and they know WHY I don’t.

Well… I was talking about barefoot shoes (and, yes, sandals). They provide enough protection for my feet - at least so far. I also have found my feet feeling healthier this way, too. I don’t really go barefoot, except in and around my home. Yes, I’ve encountered various hazards along the way - most recently of which was the sharp corner of my stove! - but, so far, I’ve seen no degradation in healing, no neuropathy and have good circulation in my extremities. I also "check my feet daily for signs of problems.

I’ve found that the shoes don’t matter; it’s the socks. I live in SW Oregon, temperatures are high, humidity is low. For years I didn’t pay much attention and my feet were dry and prone to cracking. For the last couple of years I’ve taken to always wearing socks out doors regardless of the shoe; my feet are in great shape (compared to before). Recently I discovered that even if I wear thin nylon “no show” socks with the Keen watersport shoes I normally wear outside I get the same result, and I don’t have sweaty feet (which thicker socks produce).

John Bowler

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Diabetics with neuropathy easily develop serious bone malformations on their feet because they cannot feel injuries they experience in walking and so they become worse. This leads to a condition called ‘Charcot foot,’ which typically requires that special orthotics be worn and so-called ‘deep shoes’ be worn to hold them, since the orthotic will elevate the foot and require more space in the shoe. Some doctors even require their patients to use wheelchairs on the theory that walking on the Charcot foot will only make it worse, but this to me seems ridiculous, since what the patient is trying to avoid is being confined to a wheelchair, so why impose that problem before it is necessary?

Ariats YES!! They are my favorite shoe company. I’ve got bunches of them from waterproof boots to sandals and they never hurt my feet which are very sensitive. I live on a farm too and these really last for me.