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Comfortable shoes for work

Post by bogleraw » Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:54 am

Hello all,

I have flat feet and have recently had some problems with aching feet at the end of each work day. For running, I have found Asics to be very comfortable with the gel in the arches, but I don't think they make comfortable shoes for a professional environment. Does anybody have any suggestions on good brands that make good quality and comfortable shoes to wear in the workplace?

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Post by General Disarray » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:02 pm

You do not specify whether you are male or female; regardless, Clarks shoes--for both men and women. The shoes are more conservative than stylish, but once in a while you can find a gem. More importantly, the shoes are comfortable. The higher cost of comfortable shoes is so worth it.

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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:03 pm

I wear skateboarding shoes. Osiris, Vans and the like. I started buying these when I would bring my son to the skateboard indoor park. Skateboarders are all big followers of the crowd and if you don't have the latest shoes in the right color, you are looked down upon. Where that works for me is that I can get an "out" shoe that is black suade leather with a black sole that looks good enough to wear to work but is as comfortable as any sneaker. I don't think I've paid more than $20 for any shoes in years. New, these are all over $100 a pair.
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Re: Comfortable shoes for work

Post by CABob » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:20 pm

Consider Clarks and Hush Puppies. Perhaps SAS also although I do not have personal experience with them.
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Post by bertie wooster » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:29 pm

I had a pair of clarks that I liked the looks of but were poorly made (when it rained these things would suck up water like a sponge - and this was 5 years ago when it actually rained here in CA!).

I recently bought a pair of Ecco shoes and while expensive I've been pleased with the look and quality.

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Post by protagonist » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:50 pm

I hate shoes. Next to stress, shoes are the biggest enemy of joy.

SAS shoes are the only shoes I wear....these. http://www.amazon.com/SAS-Safety-Time-O ... B00L1PPT86

I started wearing them at work in the 1990s and have ever since. They were always the shoe of choice among doctors at my hospital who are on their feet a lot. They aren't beautiful, and probably won't get you dates, but they are as comfortable as a shoe can be (though relatively expensive).

(Then again I haven't been in the market for quite awhile. If anybody knows of a better pair, I'm all ears.)

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Post by TSR » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:55 pm

Check out the various "Walking" stores in nicer malls. They have a lot of brands that specialize in shoes that are better for feet and don't look too terrible. Ecco, Pikolinos, Clarks, etc. They are not cheap, but I think this is an area on which people should spend a lot more money than they do, and on which they should focus more on health than on looks.

Good luck!

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Post by EnjoyIt » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:59 pm

TSR wrote:Check out the various "Walking" stores in nicer malls. They have a lot of brands that specialize in shoes that are better for feet and don't look too terrible. Ecco, Pikolinos, Clarks, etc. They are not cheap, but I think this is an area on which people should spend a lot more money than they do, and on which they should focus more on health than on looks.

Good luck!

I love Ecco shoes. They are $100+ for a pair, but the most comfortable shoes I own.

Clarke are good also but I prefer Ecco.

I have never tried Pikinos and will keep an eye out next time I am in the market.

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Post by whatusername? » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:06 pm

Try chef shoes - they're on their feet all shift and know that proper footwear is important. They also tend to be a bit more "professional" in design, with a traditional design rather than one that's trendy.

Dansko made the most comfortable and supportive non-running shoes I've ever owned.

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Post by jebmke » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:10 pm

EnjoyIt wrote:I love Ecco shoes. They are $100+ for a pair, but the most comfortable shoes I own.
I have owned nine pairs of Ecco - most are still in use. The only shoes I buy now. These fit and feel comfortable from first wearing.
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Re: Comfortable shoes for work

Post by Kosmo » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:20 pm

General Disarray wrote:You do not specify whether you are male or female; regardless, Clarks shoes--for both men and women. The shoes are more conservative than stylish, but once in a while you can find a gem. More importantly, the shoes are comfortable. The higher cost of comfortable shoes is so worth it.
This. I have flat and wide feet and Clarks are by far the most comfortable. I'm not up on current fashion and style, but I think the shoes look nice. I value comfort over looks.

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Post by Shadow_Dancer » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:21 pm

Personally, I buy comfortable shoes wherever I happen to find them. But, if I was to sort through my shoes, the top brands for me would be Easy Spirit, Naturalizer, Clarks, and Rockport.

My uncle, who has spent decades on his feet at a hardware store, will wear nothing but SAS shoes (San Antonio Shoes). He drives 100 miles to buy these shoes.

One of my best friends who has bunion trouble and works all day at a county courthouse also swears by SAS shoes. She will wear nothing else, and she drives 75-100 miles to buy these shoes.

SAS Shoes are expensive but not the most expensive, and they do have some factory outlet stores located in large discount shopping malls such as Prime Outlets or Premier Outlets. These factory outlet stores do offer lower prices than the SAS retail stores.
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Post by mhalley » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:24 pm

Perhaps instead of the shoes you might try different insoles. You might need to try several different kinds to find one that agrees with your feet, or you might try the dr scholls machine that supposedly measures your feet to determine the best type.
Otherwise i liked rockport shes myself.
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Re: Comfortable shoes for work

Post by tim1999 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:41 pm

Ecco. They aren't cheap, but they are comfortable, and long-lasting. I have a 10 year old pair that still looks great after a shine.

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Post by TomatoTomahto » Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:51 pm

jebmke wrote:
EnjoyIt wrote:I love Ecco shoes. They are $100+ for a pair, but the most comfortable shoes I own.
I have owned nine pairs of Ecco - most are still in use. The only shoes I buy now. These fit and feel comfortable from first wearing.
I wore Clarks when I was still working, but I heard that the quality is no longer what it had been. I have flat feet.

My wife, for her new job, did not want to wear what she had been wearing. She has, if anything, high arches rather than flat feet. She runs in New Balance. She bought some expensive (>$500) shoes but wasn't happy. Ecco shoes are just on the border of too casual for her new office, but she says that they're really comfortable and she has bought a few pair. The >$500 shoes were returned. :moneybag

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Post by FreeAtLast » Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:25 pm

Hello, size 14B's chiming in here!....my last few years at work I was very comfortable wearing New Balance 608v2 sneakers....and I did a lot of walking, for example, during our annual fire inspections period.
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Post by epictetus » Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:32 pm

would suggest checking out SAS shoes as others have mentioned.
they are the only work shoes i have worn for many years.
they are comfortable from day one, wear well, and last a really long time (years and years).
they have multiple widths in each size for a good fit.
they are made in the US (in San Antonio)
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Re: Comfortable shoes for work

Post by Crimsontide » Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:34 pm

Ecco and Clarks. I'm on my third pair of Ecco Helsinkis, most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. I have both lace up and loafers, both are fantastic.

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Post by Gropes & Ray » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:26 pm

Rockports are my shoe of choice. They have outlets with good deals if you live near one.

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Post by dolphinsaremammals » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:50 pm

Another vote for new Balance, originally recommended by my ortho doc. Perhaps not a work shoe, however. Wide fronts, so lots of room for wide feet :D

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Post by jdb » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:00 pm

This is not a Boglehead answer because of price. But it is Boglehead if looking for great shoes with tremendous insole support that will last forever. Alden Shoes, made in the great state of Massachusetts. Expensive but they last forever, and have refurbishing service that I have used many times. In fact last so long that I gave a couple slightly used pairs to my son who happens to wear same size, he is a pediatrician on his feet all day and now those are his go to shoes. Only downside other than price is can't wear through TSA approved security line at airport because they have steel shank in sole, have to send through the scanner.
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Post by TomatoTomahto » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:20 pm

dolphinsaremammals wrote:Another vote for new Balance, originally recommended by my ortho doc. Perhaps not a work shoe, however. Wide fronts, so lots of room for wide feet :D
Some of their lasts have really large toe boxes. I can't stand the feeling of my toes crammed into a shoe, to the point that my kids call my NB shoes "clown shoes."

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Post by mickens16 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:23 pm

I also have arch problems (and wide feet) and have found Ecco shoes to be the best, at least for me. I've tried numerous popular brands and none of them have been as comfortable. I currently have 3-4 pairs that I change out daily.

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Post by calmaniac » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:54 pm

Rockport Dressport line are quite good. I have been wearing them for all work and suit & tie occasions for the past 30 years. No, not the same pair.... I always own several pairs and rotate them, they last longer when you don't wear the same pair every day.

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Post by daveatca » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:24 pm

Mephisto
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Post by leonard » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:58 pm

Birkenstock Londoners.
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Re: Comfortable shoes for work

Post by corner559 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:05 pm

I also like Ecco's. I've bought many, many pairs over the years for both work and hiking and think they're the best shoes out there for comfort and support.

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Post by jtravisdavid » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:31 pm

Another vote for Ecco. Keep in mind they run big so try them on to make sure you get the correct size.

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Post by TradingPlaces » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:34 pm

Cole Haan
If you can find some with Nike Air, even better.

Neiman Marcus outlet has some with Nike Air at steep discounts.

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Re: Comfortable shoes for work

Post by nate bricks » Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:26 am

+1 for Ecco. Also Asics' Gel Kayano was my favorite running shoe, so there might be a link there. When I used to do tech support I would literally run around in these. My favorite shoe brand ever.

I wore out 2 pairs because I'd wear them through 4 seasons - and when I sent them to Ecco for repair they gave me a $200 voucher for new shoes twice. Now I own enough of their shoes that I haven't worn a pair out for a couple years :)

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Re: Comfortable shoes for work

Post by David Jay » Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:31 am

For business attire - Rockport
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Post by wilson08 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:07 am

Sperry Top Sider shoes are super comfortable with soft leather in loafers
or lace-ups. With me there was no "breaking in" time---comfortable from
the first wearing.

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Post by protagonist » Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:10 am

If anybody who has worn SAS shoes ("Time Out" model or similar) has come up with something equally comfy with a better look, I'd love to hear about them. My gf is constantly trying to get me to buy more attractive shoes, but I dig in my heels. I never encountered any that compare with SAS. I do agree with her that they are sort of ugly, but I refuse to compromise function for form. She'd be tickled pink and forever grateful if there was an alternative- it would be a win-win.

Same thing goes for sandals that are better than Orthaheel.

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Post by Abe » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:04 am

Rockport Men's Eureka Casual Oxford - Wide Widths Avail - Brown
I get them at Sears. Right now they are about $65.00

http://www.sears.com/rockport-men-s-roc ... ockType=G3
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Post by keystone » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:21 am

I wear Clarks as my daily work shoes. From my experience, there is a big difference in quality between the lower priced Clarks and the highest end. I get far more life out of the models that are typically >$100, like the Unstructured line. To me they're solid and very comfortable for everyday use, including my regular "power walks" at lunch. I usually replace them after a year and I am sure I could stretch it out longer if necessary, but that doesn't make sense to me from a cost benefit ratio.

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Re: Comfortable shoes for work

Post by katbert » Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:24 am

I liked Danskos (traditional clog model) but have found that I will catch the sole on an uneven piece of sidewalk or on the floor once every six months or so and roll an ankle. This can occasionally cause ankle injuries or falls but if you're relatively young/healthy you're probably not at high risk.

My latest favourite is Naot brand shoes as some models have a very wide toebox that easily accommodates a problematic bunion on one of my feet. The insoles/footbeds are replaceable in some models which helps with their relatively high initial cost and they feel like they have good arch support to me.

Depending on where your foot pain is, I also recommend trying different shoe inserts to vary where the majority of your weight rests when you are standing.

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Re: Comfortable shoes for work

Post by bogleraw » Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:42 pm

Thank you all for your suggestions! Very helpful! :)

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Post by Mrs.Feeley » Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:45 pm

katbert wrote:I liked Danskos (traditional clog model) but have found that I will catch the sole on an uneven piece of sidewalk or on the floor once every six months or so and roll an ankle. This can occasionally cause ankle injuries or falls but if you're relatively young/healthy you're probably not at high risk.
This very thing has happened to me on a few occasions. Love Danskos, by far the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn thanks largely to the large toe box and great arch support. But spills on uneven sidewalks mean I no longer walk long distances wearing them, and tend to wear them only indoors. I've since switched to New Balance and Ecco. Thanks for the Naot recommendation!

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Post by Crow Hunter » Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:11 am

Very timely! I really need some new shoes.

I am on my feet most of the day (standing desk) and I walk a lot both at work and at home. I am "hard on shoes" according to my wife.

Thanks!

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Re: Comfortable shoes for work

Post by Flobes » Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:24 am

Attn ECCO Enthusiasts:

50% off Men's ECCO footwear today, as an Amazon Deal Of The Day.

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Re: Comfortable shoes for work

Post by physicsgal » Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:58 am

Ahnu or Dansko are good brands for comfort.

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Post by heyyou » Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:11 pm

Look into having custom insoles made to fit your feet, but they will change what size of shoe fits your feet.

Started backpacking again in retirement. With foot pain, I went to a physical therapist who sent me to an orthotic insole specialist. Her custom insoles solved all of my foot problems, but I then needed larger shoes. My daily mileage doubled within the next year.

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Post by Dolob » Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:17 pm

Flobes wrote:Attn ECCO Enthusiasts:

50% off Men's ECCO footwear today, as an Amazon Deal Of The Day.
+1 for ECCO, but poor selection on Amazon for the 50% off - Thank you for the heads up

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Re: Comfortable shoes for work

Post by angelescrest » Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:37 pm

What is the dress at the workplace? One mentioned Aldens, and I'd add Allen Edmonds to the mix. Only two companies that make hand crafted dress shoes in America that I'm aware of. Go into a store and try the various lasts, and spend time sizing it out properly.

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