Nov. 3rd, 2012 07:27 pm
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Dearest lazywebs, I need help. I need a brand of shoes that is kind to someone who needs to walk as close to barefoot as possible, that aren't Vibrams because they aren't allowed at work. The Bass boat shoes were ok, it took 4 months before my ankles started to hurt. Running shoes that are pitched for a heel-strike stride are murder on my poor widdle knees. Anything with any kind of heel, in fact (including that little subtle half-inch ramp business) throws off my knees within a week, with hips and back following not long after.
For added challenge, I have wide feet and ridiculously high insteps, so some brands of shoe (ok, a lot of brands) just plain don't fit.
I'm about ready to just go to all Converse, all the time, but they're insufficient for 8h on my feet. Also, something that passes for grownup would be swell.

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Date: 2012-11-04 12:41 am (UTC)
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What about something very soft like a dance flat? Almost like being barefoot.

Date: 2012-11-04 02:21 am (UTC)
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Converse, with orthotic insoles from The Walking Company. Can't beat the combination.

Date: 2012-11-04 02:35 am (UTC)
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I have rheumatoid arthritis in my knees and have had good luck with Doc Martens low boots with an insole. Also Birkenstocks make some nice work-appropriate shoes. I wear only my Birks in the summer, my Docs in winter, and my New Balance running sneakers when I'm not at work. :)

Lots of sympathy for angry knees!

Date: 2012-11-04 03:07 am (UTC)
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Maybe... Earth? They are flat, have a negative heel (internal), and good arch support.
Keens made my wide feet happy, plus the insole is removable.
Wolky also makes a reasonably stylish shoe-- haven't tried them yet, but have heard quite nice things about them.
Same for Rieker.
Have you tried any Clarks? I can't remember if they have flat styles, but there's another option.
Cushe are super comfy, but may not meet your instep requirements.

I would advise going carefully with Naot, as their last doesn't (pending style) accommodate a wide foot easily-- however, your higher instep might mitigate that. You can but try!

Date: 2012-11-04 10:40 am (UTC)
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I've found Rieker to be extremely comfortable.

Date: 2012-11-05 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Do we have the same feet? Wicked high arch, wicked high instep because of a bump on top? Yay genetics.

I have custom orthotics in my Converse and they are now amazingly comfortable for me - even the Dr Schools Sport insoles help a lot. When I was looking for shoes to put those orthotics in (when I sprained my foot dancing too much) I looked at all the brands people have listed here. Earth would be good if you want zero heel (actually negative heel) but still lots of support.

Skechers are really affordable and some styles are as supportive and comfortable as any of the high-end brands.

Your feet are bigger than mine, right? I'm a 6.5. I was thinking of getting rid of my Skechers mary janes, brand new but never quite fit right. I'd send them to you but I think they're the wrong size.


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