Need help finding a tolerable dress shoe
April 4, 2014 2:19 PM Subscribe
I need shoes I can wear with dress pants/skirts that won't kill my feet after a few hours. I don't know how everyone else does this because I have never achieved it, even with flats. Help?
posted by randomnity to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (32 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Specific problem is that all women's dress shoes give me horrible pain leading to blisters on my heels. I haven't been able to solve this with the usual suggestions:
-preventative bandaids/moleskin/duct tape (get rubbed off or blisters form anyway)
-pantyhose, footlets, tights, trouser socks, or bare all have the same problem
-various styles, brands and materials
-aiming for shoes on the tighter end (heel rubs even worse, plus now toes are squeezed) or looser end (heel slips out)
-those foam things you can stick on the heel edges (do nothing)
-wearing them a lot to try to form a callous (doesn't happen)
This is after being really picky in the store (probably 19/20 shoes I try on in my size are immediately painful/unstable/feel weird). They seem comfortable while walking around in the store but after a few hours the rubbing becomes intolerable and I have blisters that night, even through preventative bandaids etc. This does not improve after a long time of "breaking in" the shoe - usually the heel gets looser and it gets even worse. I need something I can wear walking around all day at conferences etc. without being lame by the second day.
I think my feet are normal-to-wide width, fairly low arches, and otherwise pretty normal shaped (size 9). I normally wear sneakers so I guess I'm spoiled for comfort - I realize dress shoes will never be that comfortable, but there must be something out there that isn't actively painful. Boots don't have the heel rubbing problem but I need something for the summer.
I'm looking for any solution to this problem, whether it's a brand/style I should try, something I should look for when buying shoes, another way to make my current shoes more comfortable, etc. I am not willing to order shoes online because I have such a hard time finding shoes that fit, so specific shoe models aren't much help, but brands/physical store suggestions are welcome (note: I'm in Canada).
Style-wise I'm not too picky as long as it's business-casual appropriate (no sandals) and a neutral colour. I'd prefer flats but heels are OK too, if they aren't stilettos. I really don't want to look like a 60-year old woman 30 years sooner than I need to, so I would like to avoid those "menswear-like" women's dress shoes or anything remotely resembling fluevogs. I also really dislike the look of oxfords or anything else that looks like a lace-up shoe or clog or otherwise clunky shoe - I want something that looks like regular heels/flats as much as possible but doesn't destroy my feet. Possible?