I've been struggling to find something to wear to an event next week that's nicer and more fun than business professional but definitely short of black tie (it's a non-red-carpet movie premiere). I've finally settled on this dress
in black, but it looks a little plain on its own. I need help accessorizing! Particularly with choosing a necklace, but also: what shoes to wear? And what sort of purse-thing to carry?? Difficulties: I can't wear pumps/heels (though shoes with a stable, platform- or wedge-like, moderate heel are okay), and I have about a day and a half to buy everything in person.
posted by rhiannonstone
on Mar 9, 2014 -
Paging metafilter fashionistas! I have purchased two blue, knee-length dresses and I need suggestions for stylish and comfortable footwear. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by tuesdayschild
on Mar 1, 2014 -
I'm looking for these boots
. They exist
, but not in my size (US 13 women / US 11.5 men / EU 45). How do I find these boots or find somebody to make a high quality version of them? [more inside]
posted by probu
on Feb 19, 2014 -
I found a great pair of Clarks shoes called Harmonious Day
in Bangkok but not in my size (UK 4). I'd like to buy online and ship to the US, but Google only gives me European and Asian e-commerce sites with the shoe. Any idea how to get it in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by whitewall
on Feb 13, 2014 -
Awhile back, Earth shoes
used to offer footwear for men. My dad loved these, mostly because of their so-called Negative Heel Technology
. Do they actually work? I have no clue. But dad wants what he wants, and he wants these negative heel shoes in the style of the old Earth shoes. I believe he wears something similar to this
, and his pair is starting to wear out, so he is on the hunt for a suitable replacement. Are you male and a fan of Earth shoes/negative heel technology? Where do you get your fix? Are you not male but no someone else who's a fan of these shoes? TYIA!
posted by bigasthesky
on Feb 9, 2014 -
What shoes should I buy for a long-distance (20-mile+ each day) walking trip? I think I would like not
to get a hiking boot. [more inside]
posted by threeants
on Feb 9, 2014 -
After repeated shoe drama, I realized the shoes that have been best for my feet and the rest of my body with the fewest re-supply issues have been Kung Fu shoes and their sisters, the "Chinese Maryjane". Now I want to find the very best ones for my needs, and am eagerly hoping someone here has the answer for me. [more inside]
posted by batmonkey
on Jan 27, 2014 -
I'm looking for brands of women's shoes that are high-quality, stylish, comfortable, and repairable. Is that so much to ask? [more inside]
posted by spindrifter
on Jan 27, 2014 -
I love my minimalist shoes, but a few years ago I attempted to run in them and ended up with capsulitis in the joints in the ball of my left foot. Here I am a few years later and I want to try running again. Difficulty level: female, with wide feet. [more inside]
posted by metarkest
on Jan 27, 2014 -
What shoes work well for overpronators who need cushioning and stability? [more inside]
posted by ladoo
on Jan 17, 2014 -
My husband likes fine dress shoes such as Allen Edmond's or Johnston & Murphy with leather soles. Is there a vegan alternative to this quality of shoe? Supposedly these brands only get better over time. He glanced at moo shoes and wasn't too impressed but he admits he needs to feel the shoe to be able to tell the quality. So who makes the best vegan men's shoes? Google searching provides info on who makes vegan dress shoes as well as a few websites but we are looking for more detail.
posted by morganannie
on Jan 11, 2014 -
I am looking for recommendations for supportive women's flats. I have high arches and find most ballet flats very uncomfortable. Specific criteria below. [more inside]
posted by seesom
on Jan 10, 2014 -
The most comfortable shoes I own (Kangaroos Tai Chi M) are starting to show their age. When I bought a replacement pair online a couple of years ago, I was disappointed that they use a different material/style which is more rigid and far less comfortable. Help me find the older style of Roos! [more inside]
posted by antonymous
on Dec 23, 2013 -
I have to hop on one foot on concrete. Are there any fashionable and supportive shoes for me? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck
on Dec 22, 2013 -
The shoes look fine but my husband says they are "dead" after only six months of daily wear. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by platinum
on Dec 20, 2013 -
Help! I live in Brooklyn and I need to have a pair of lace up boots like these
on my feet by the end of the day. Where can I find some? Doesn't need to be this specific brand, just this type of lace-up boot that you see young women wearing everywhere. Even better if they're slightly beaten up. I'm willing to venture to Manhattan.
Budget: must be less than 250.
posted by timsneezed
on Dec 8, 2013 -
My ballet flats seem to wear out at the back of one heel well before the sole goes. Why is this happening, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by lettersoflead
on Dec 2, 2013 -
I have a Zappos gift card. What should I buy that's stylish, casual, and comfortable? [more inside]
posted by dean_deen
on Dec 1, 2013 -
I'm getting married in October 2014 and I'm starting the search for shoes now as I need to get shoes that will fit my orthotics. [more inside]
posted by poxandplague
on Nov 29, 2013 -
Can anyone recommend some running shoes with no laces that don't need to be fitted in a running shop? Ideally they should be buyable in London tomorrow, or able to be delivered in the UK quite quickly. [more inside]
posted by Bows of Bow
on Nov 24, 2013 -
Inside my right boot there is a thin fold in the material that is in the perfect spot to press directly onto my pinkie toe and hurt
. How do I iron this out or something? Even the thickest socks don't help; it's like a Princess and the Pea thing going on. Ideas?
posted by griphus
on Nov 24, 2013 -
My wife ordered these boots
but they are not slim enough in the calf. (The site states they are 13" around at the top but it is really 16".) She can't find anything under $300 that is a slender enough size. She's about 5'3", ~110 lbs, size 8 shoe. Any suggestions? Would like to keep it under $150-200 if possible.
posted by tracer
on Nov 23, 2013 -
I'm visiting Manhattan for a few days, and only have one pair of shoes. The stitching on one side has started to come apart, but I really like these shoes. I'd like to get them repaired, and not buy a new pair. Is there anywhere I can get my shoes repaired while I wait? If it helps, I'll be in the upper west side.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike
on Nov 17, 2013 -
This seems like such a stupid question, but that's because I'm stupid about shoes and clothing.
Our new house has laminate flooring, and it's killing my feet. I guess I'm used to the cushion that carpeting provides. I need some shoes I can wear around the house that have enough cushion that they'll prevent some of the foot pain I'm having.
Difficulty: I hate wearing shoes in the house -- not for cleanliness reasons, but because I'd prefer to walk around in socks. Some kind of sandal would therefore be best, because it would be the least constricting. Also, I get really hot feet, so I need cool shoes.
So, please, name that shoe, and tell me where to find it.
posted by mudpuppie
on Nov 8, 2013 -
In my workplace, it seems that for males, the higher up you are in the hierarchy, the noisier are the shoes, almost as if it’s in the job description. Middle managers shoes tend to make a bearable noise level, but when a male VP walks by, I could swear he’s wearing high heels.
Are quality men’s shoes noisier? Or is this just that executives tend to prefer noisy loafers by design?
posted by racingjs
on Oct 29, 2013 -
I have two pairs of leather ballet flats that I purchased off the internet. I've worn each of them a couple times, but unfortunately, I've realized that they are both about 1/2-size too large. Is there a way I can make them smaller? Can I put an insole or something in them? Is this something a shoe repair place can fix?
I paid about $110 for each pair, so If I can fix them for something under $40 a pair, I'd consider that worth paying (less would be better of course). Otherwise, I'll consider this a lesson learned.
posted by OrangeDisk
on Oct 28, 2013 -
Help me find shoes that a tourist can wear for long days of walking, but could also look nice with nicer outfits. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats
on Oct 24, 2013 -
I'm a bridesmaid in a wedding in two weeks, and I desperately need pink flats! The dress looks like this
. I did find shoes that I like (these
) but the eBay seller mislabeled them as size 41 and they were actually 39.5, so they didn't fit. I very much liked the style of them, however. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by ancient star
on Oct 11, 2013 -
I have a job that calls for a very particular combination of attributes in (men's) shoes, and I'd like any recommendations you all can give me on pairs to try. [more inside]
posted by primethyme
on Sep 23, 2013 -
Short question that has me stumped. What colour belt with these shoes
? They are a reddish brown/oxblood colour. I don't own an oxblood belt, must I buy one?
posted by Lescha
on Sep 21, 2013 -
If I'm wearing ugly but comfy boots to commute and change into flats at work, what do I do about my socks? Put on cold sweaty socks at the end of the day or schlep fresh ones? Please show your work. I've already given up finding shoes to change into that will hide my socks and can go with dresses and pants. [more inside]
posted by bleep
on Sep 20, 2013 -
I live in the UK, and I've never really nailed down a place to get great slipper socks. I really want these Acorn slipper socks
, but nowhere seems to ship to the UK. Can anyone recommend either a place to buy them, or very similar ones?
posted by danteGideon
on Sep 19, 2013 -
Please help me (a hefty male) find shoes sneakers that are comfortable! Requirements: US size 10.5-11, wide width (3E), wide toe box for bunion comfort and vegan. Preferably shoes that don't look like Herman Munster's. Actually, that's totally OK. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts
on Sep 18, 2013 -
I'm a bridesmaid in a wedding later this month, and I need shoes. Problem: I hate high heels, and they hate me right back. The bride has said she's fine with me wearing flats. I just went shopping, hoping to find some flats, and came home empty-handed. And so now I turn to you, o fashionable high-heel wearing people of Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig
on Sep 8, 2013 -
The first day of tap dance class is on Monday, and due to an ordering snafu, the tap shoes I ordered online won't get here in time. Where in the DC/MD area can I buy a pair of tap shoes tomorrow? I'm a women's size 7.
posted by bluefly
on Sep 7, 2013 -
Help me find a better soft arch support! I have been using Dr. Scholl's For Her
arch supports in my work flats and low heels and, while they are soft and supportive, they never stay in place! Has anyone found an arch support that a) stays in one place and b) doesn't add as much bulk to a shoe as an orthodic or Superfeet?
posted by msfrizzle
on Sep 6, 2013 -
I have a pair of admittedly cheap shoes with thin rubber soles. Sharp objects poke through them, and I've recently been painfully pricked by a thorn, and by broken glass. Can I save these shoes by adding leather insoles to protect me?
posted by Bradfordian
on Sep 3, 2013 -
I've been running off and on for a few years now in a pair of Nike free 5.0 v4
, whenever the guilt hits me.
I've decided to take my health serious as I'm getting older. Since I'm goal oriented, I decided to train for and complete my very first 5k race which is scheduled for mid October.
Problem is, my current pair of sneakers is starting to give at the soles. They are a great, light and comfortable minimalist shoes that caused no problems for my feet. Another plus was being able to go sock-less without a single blister.
Can anyone suggest a suitable replacement? So far, I have my eyes on the New Balance MT10v2
and will be running 2-3 times a week in addition to some core work.
posted by Mr_Thirdworld
on Aug 10, 2013 -
I started playing tennis awhile back and have been having problems with skin tearing off the inside balls of both feet. I've tried a bunch of different things to stop this from happening without success....any ideas? [more inside]
posted by aerotive
on Aug 4, 2013 -
I've worn a hole through the sole of my left running shoe, but not the right. You can see pictures of both shoes here
. What does this mean? Is something wrong with my stride? Do I need some special kind of shoe? Is there some sort of expert to whom I should show the shoes? I have an odd gait when I walk (my right foot sticks out to the side); however, I thought my running gait was better. When I ran in my 20s (the last time I was a runner), I didn't have this problem with any of my shoes.
posted by Area Man
on Aug 4, 2013 -
Whenever I wear basically any leather shoes that aren't boots, I get the EXACT same blister on the baby toe of my right foot. (Not just leather shoes, actually—sandals, Crocs, etc do it too). In most cases I feel pain in the first few SECONDS of wearing them. What can I do about this short of amputating my toe? The pain really becomes unbearable quickly and it's really hard for me to wear dress shoes because of this. Band-aids help somewhat but am I doomed to be putting them on my baby toe for life?
posted by saltykmurks
on Jul 19, 2013 -
I've a problem with my back which I've asked about previously
. I'm seeing a physiotherapist who has given me some advice about supporting it. First, to wear supportive shoes, and second, to sleep using an extra pillow for support. Can you help me out with both of these, fellow sufferers? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by billiebee
on Jul 16, 2013 -
I'm doing tons of walking lately, so I needed proper walking shoes. I've now got New Balance 928s
, which fit the bill nicely; except, of course, they look awful (bulky, blocky, blinding white). Is there anything I can do to them to make them look awesome, or at least less like bland prescription shoes?
posted by ocherdraco
on Jul 11, 2013 -
For the past few years I've had a problem with dress shoes. Either shoes have changed, or my feet have. My heels won't stay in the shoes. I saw this
product online, which seems perfect except the reviews on their own website are horrible. [more inside]
posted by Neeuq Nus
on Jul 8, 2013 -
I think I may be the most difficult shoe-buyer ever. I want them to be 1) vegetarian (no leather) and 2) actually supportive and good for my knees and feet or able to hold supportive orthotics such that they become that way. This generally gets me a small selection of flat boots, oxfords, and sneakers, with the odd casual/sporty mary-jane thrown in.
I'd like to have more than just boots to go with dresses/skirts (particularly for the summer or for really dressy dresses), but I thought it was an impossibility and had moved on with my life. But lo, I just
discovered the brand Orthaheel
, and they have cute flat vegetarian orthotic sandals! Why oh why did the world hide this brand from me until now?! Do you know of other brands or specific shoes that will expand my shoe cuteness? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla
on Jul 7, 2013 -
I am looking for good sneakers to wear while exercising. I have high arches, small (size 6 women's) wide feet, and all the shoes I've tried don't stop the pain when I do lunges, jumping jacks, or yoga poses where I stand on one foot. [more inside]
posted by k8lin
on Jun 27, 2013 -