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Help me replace my bum-around, easy on/off, handyman shoes!

I have some great shoes I love that are ... falling apart. [pic] Unfortunately, they've been discontinued! I can get something sort of similar but there are still some drawbacks. Diligent searching hasn't turned up my perfect work shoe, though. In short, I want something tough like a work boot, easy to put on and take off (i.e. velcro straps), but with walking-shoe type soles and as light as possible. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Aug 11, 2014 - 14 answers

What's the deal with flat feet / fallen arches?

My son, who turns twelve in a couple of months, seems to have flat feet. I can't quite figure out what to do next - if it is a serious problem, if it can be corrected with foot exercises, if we need orthotics, or what. Does anyone have any experience with flat feet? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Jul 14, 2014 - 28 answers

I'm here to buy shoes; I don't need the extended powertrain warranty

Where (if anywhere) can I go in Manhattan to browse a reasonably large selection of high-quality men's dress shoes and try them on in different sizes without needing to deal with any salespeople? A warehouse with a bench would be fine. I am a guy with large but not gargantuan feet if that matters. Thanks.
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Jun 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Where the hell do I find narrow shoes?

I'm 27 and wear a size 9 (sometimes 9.5) in women's shoes. I also have very narrow feet and fear I'll be going barefoot soon if I can't find somewhat affordable, narrow shoes that don't look like they were made for little old ladies (no offense, little old ladies of the world). I am literally down to one brand of shoe. Halp. [more inside]
posted by iamfantastikate on Jun 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Shopping for Disney shoes for August

A portmanteau for this man's poor toes:
  • Are Keen Newports good shoes for a long trip to Disney World in August? If not, what beats them? I mean, can I simply wear my running shoes?
  • Do you try on footwear like this with or without socks?
  • Do you allow extra room on the assumption that your feet will swell in the steam heat?
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    posted by wenestvedt on Jun 12, 2014 - 20 answers

    Shoes as comfy as Alegrias, but prettier...what are they called?

    I have developed problem feet; bunions, a chipped bone and arthritis. I tried Alegrias and woohoo, they don't hurt!! Nice styles, pretty colors, but they are just a bit...chunky. Know what I mean? I know about Dansko, Keen and Merrell, but are there other brands that combine exceptional comfort with good looks? I want a feminine effect. I like sporty, athletic, fun, colorful, girly shoes. Low heels. I am a lady, 55, petite, active and on my feet more often than off, during my work day. I have an eclectic, thrift store wardrobe, heavy on blacks, and neutrals, with colorful accent pieces. I tend toward "costumes" rather than outfits, if that gives you a sense of my style. I want pretty feet that don't hurt!
    posted by LaBellaStella on Mar 20, 2014 - 10 answers

    Need comfy shoes for around the house

    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 - 20 answers

    All I need is a little support...for my feet

    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 - 7 answers

    How to protect my feet when playing tennis?

    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 - 4 answers

    What can I do about the blister that I ALWAYS get on my baby toe?

    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 - 29 answers

    What type of shoe inserts do I need?

    The soles on my dress shoes are not cushioning my feet properly and causing me back pain. What type of shoe inserts do I need? [more inside]
    posted by reenum on Apr 8, 2013 - 6 answers

    Third trimester shoe recommendations?

    I have finally hit the point where I'm unable to wear the shoes that have carried me through the first two thirds of this pregnancy. I'm looking for shoe suggestions that meet the following criteria: [more inside]
    posted by House of Leaves of Grass on Mar 23, 2013 - 18 answers

    Help me find the right shoes to fix my foot pain

    I've hod ongoing pain for months in my right foot, and after seeing a doctor and getting x-rays and and MRI done, the best advice he had for me was to buy new shoes and hope the pain eventually goes away. My question is, what sort of shoes am I looking for? I spend about an hour each day walking between classes, work, and my car—aside from that, I'm not terribly active. I'm also on somewhat of a budget, but if I need to pay $100 to not have to limp around, I'll gladly pay.
    posted by reductiondesign on Jan 30, 2013 - 20 answers

    Comfy women's boots for wide, high-arched feet?

    My feet are roughly the shape of a duck's. What brands of women's (fashion) boots should I investigate? [more inside]
    posted by Bardolph on Jan 19, 2013 - 12 answers

    Insoles for Dressy Ballet Flats

    I own, and love, Naturalizer Maude flats for working as a bank teller, where I stand at least half the day and constantly hop off and on my stool. When they're new, the comfort insole is perfect for my feet. However, after a year of use, I've squashed any cushioning they have and they're killing me. What insoles will fit into a dressy ballet flat that does not have removable insoles? [more inside]
    posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 18, 2013 - 13 answers

    Help me fix my feet!!

    What is the best thing for my feet when I walk all day? And had foot issues before? [more inside]
    posted by Quincy on Oct 31, 2012 - 17 answers

    Are supportive shoes necessary?

    Do I need to be wearing a supportive insole in my ballet flats? Are flat shoes destructive for your feet? [more inside]
    posted by sunnychef88 on Oct 25, 2012 - 18 answers

    fe fi fo fum, sandal sizing makes me feel dumb

    Birkenstock Sandals: I got two pair of the Gizeh sandal, 40 and 41. I wear a 9.5 US. I'm having trouble figuring which of these is going to fit and googling isn't helping. [more inside]
    posted by sio42 on Jun 29, 2012 - 21 answers

    Need cute boots for my narrow feet and narrow calves

    Recently stumbled on this years ago question about a search for boots with narrow calves. I have this problem too! [more inside]
    posted by bilabial on Jun 3, 2012 - 6 answers

    shoe fit

    I bought a pair of men's leather dress shoes with an elongated, narrow toe box last week, and now they're killing me. Something about the funky shape is causing the leather to "bite" down right beneath my big toes on both feet, leading to painful sores. I probably should've gone for one size smaller for a more natural fit, but I've already worn them for a week so I can't take them back. Any suggestions for how to fix this, or am I stuck just getting rid of them?
    posted by decoherence on May 29, 2012 - 9 answers

    Waterproof shoes...sweaty feet.

    Waterproof shoes...sweaty feet. [more inside]
    posted by facehugger on May 22, 2012 - 6 answers

    Why is the outside arch of my foot burning?

    Runners and people who know feet, please help: the outside arch edge of my right foot starts burning during exercise and walking. [more inside]
    posted by c'mon sea legs on Apr 26, 2012 - 7 answers

    How do I get peds to stay on my feet?

    What type of peds don't slip off your feet? [more inside]
    posted by Sal and Richard on Apr 4, 2012 - 10 answers

    Hard-to-fit feet

    I’ve had trouble getting shoes to fit for a long time, but it seems to be getting worse as I get older. Today, I outgrew my shoes in the middle of a two-hour hike. [more inside]
    posted by maurreen on Nov 20, 2011 - 14 answers

    I need more cushion for the... oh, never mind.

    It's cold outside! Help me find some wintertime shoes [or inserts], that aren't crocs. All sorts of feet problems and style nitpickiness inside. [more inside]
    posted by FirstMateKate on Nov 12, 2011 - 18 answers

    What are some tips for adjusting to a new retail job physically?

    My new retail job is killing me physically. I've been working here for about four weeks, and I thought my body would have begun to adjust to the routine by now, but instead it seems to get worse every shift I work. What are some tips for adjusting? [more inside]
    posted by kittenmarlowe on Sep 8, 2011 - 27 answers

    My feet are killing me.

    Please help me find boots/shoes with sufficient arch and ankle support! [more inside]
    posted by Logic Sheep on Aug 31, 2011 - 5 answers

    My feet are killing me.

    My new business requires that I be on my feet for 10-14 hours at a time and I need shoes that will alleviate my aching feet. [more inside]
    posted by suchatreat on May 9, 2011 - 19 answers

    Oh, shoe-t!

    Looking for shoes. There are multiple catches. [more inside]
    posted by zizzle on Mar 31, 2011 - 17 answers

    She's got feet like mountain peaks

    Foot-filter: My feet are... tall? High-boned? Help me find a term for this, and maybe even some boots. [more inside]
    posted by nicodine on Feb 2, 2011 - 20 answers

    Do cool slippers exist? (Not that kind of cool!)

    Slippers that won't make my feet hot -- do they exist? [more inside]
    posted by sharding on Sep 30, 2010 - 20 answers

    Will the boot fit?

    I bought myself a pair of Real Cowboy Boots the other day, and I can't quite figure out if they fit me right. Should I return them and find another pair? [more inside]
    posted by aaronbeekay on Aug 17, 2010 - 15 answers

    Soled survivors

    Lo, for I am become Death, the destroyer of sneakers. Does the hivemind know where to find the perfect work shoe? [more inside]
    posted by Schlimmbesserung on Jun 7, 2010 - 12 answers

    Shit-kickin' boots kickin' the shit out of ME!

    My new combat boots are intent on my destruction. Got any tips for breaking in stiff boots? [more inside]
    posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Mar 16, 2010 - 18 answers

    Cold Feet

    I have cold feet. Literally. [more inside]
    posted by pjern on Mar 1, 2010 - 27 answers

    shoes that are made for walking, but not all over you

    Please help me find some comfortable shoes for some high-arched feet [more inside]
    posted by raztaj on Feb 3, 2010 - 12 answers

    Please hope my feets!

    Where in Chicago can someone with some foot problems get fitted for good running shoes? [more inside]
    posted by the luke parker fiasco on Aug 13, 2009 - 3 answers

    I am ashamed of my feet.

    What should I do about my icky feet? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2009 - 26 answers

    Who in Boston can help me figure out how shoes should fit?

    Is there anyone in the Boston area who can help a girl with shoe fitting and shopping? I'm tired of getting blisters all the time and feeling like not even my sneakers are the right fit. I want to get advice on how shoes should fit my feet and what to look for when shopping. [more inside]
    posted by cadge on Jul 31, 2009 - 10 answers

    Shoes-that-fit-filter

    The tops of my girlfriend's feet are very steep, and her feet don't fit into most shoes that are the correct size for the length/width of her foot. Where can she look for shoes that fit better? (and is there a term to describe it/use when searching for said shoes?) [more inside]
    posted by Alterscape on Jun 18, 2009 - 15 answers

    Trail Running Shoes for the Wider Feet

    Looking for a trail running shoe similar to the Brooks GTS 8. The problem? I'm a 9.5 2E and the shoes I have tried are too narrow. Help! [more inside]
    posted by PaulingL on Jun 3, 2009 - 9 answers

    Breathable dress shoes for sweaty feet

    My feet sweat a lot, no matter if I'm sitting still or running around. I am in search of the perfect work/dress shoes (business casual) that will help me best deal with my sweaty feet! All shoe suggestions are welcomed! [more inside]
    posted by thankyoumuchly on Feb 17, 2009 - 19 answers

    Flat, wide, short feet: help finding boots?

    I have feet that are flat (no significant arch), wide, and on the shorter side (around sizes 8.5 to 9 mens, US). Where can I find decent winter boots (and shoes in general, for that matter)? [more inside]
    posted by korpios on Nov 24, 2008 - 6 answers

    Slippers that Make My Feet Happy?

    I am looking for the best men's slippers in the world. Help please. [more inside]
    posted by boots77 on Oct 28, 2008 - 11 answers

    Tiny wide shoes?

    Do cute 5.5 wide shoes exist? [more inside]
    posted by debbie_ann on Oct 17, 2008 - 8 answers

    Are there cute, comfortable shoes for women with larger feet?

    Comfortable-and-cute-shoes-filter: can my wife find a pair of shoes that don't blister her feet? [more inside]
    posted by burnfirewalls on Aug 29, 2008 - 31 answers

    Can shoes be made narrower?

    What can be done if my shoes are too wide? [more inside]
    posted by crinklebat on Mar 4, 2008 - 2 answers

    Why are my shoes falling apart?

    My Cons are falling apart. What The Chuck? [more inside]
    posted by Venadium on Oct 3, 2007 - 24 answers

    Do I need a podiatrist, or just a good shoe store?

    Do I need a podiatrist, or just a good shoe store? [more inside]
    posted by Afroblanco on Jul 16, 2007 - 19 answers

    Please god help my blistered feet

    How do I stop getting these huge blisters on my feet whenever I do certain sports? [more inside]
    posted by sergeant sandwich on May 8, 2007 - 14 answers

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