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 -
So, I desperately wanted these shoes...
...but I waited for them to go on sale and now they're sold out in my size. None available on Ebay either.
Help me find a similar pair, metafilter geniuses! This seems to be a hard style to find. I've looked around the internet a lot but my searches have been fruitless.
posted by blackcatcuriouser
on Jun 26, 2013 -
I just trudged 3/4 of a mile down 42nd street. My fancy black dress shoes (Allen Edmonds) are NOT cut out for this. My pinky toes have been replaced by blisters. What are the most comfortable shoes I can wear to work? I work in the financial industry but the dress code is business casual: slacks, button down shirt, maybe jacket or tie, rarely a full suit. Both black and brown shoes are needed, men's size 12. Must withstand walking in NYC.
posted by BigVACub
on Jun 25, 2013 -
My cheap pair of white canvas sneakers recently bit the dust, and I'm looking to replace them. I've been looking at all the usual suspects (Keds, Vans, Jack Purcells, Supergas, Tretorn, Pro-Keds, PF Flyers, Adidas, etc.). I'd like something reasonably well-built, reasonably inexpensive (up to $70 is okay), and comfortable. [more inside]
posted by rensar
on Jun 17, 2013 -
Mid-to-late twenties male looking to buy a pair of shoes that's more attractive than a sports sneaker and less formal than a business/dress shoe. [more inside]
posted by threeants
on Jun 10, 2013 -
Where can I get good, reasonably priced, bike shoes and cleats for my SPD-SL pedals? [more inside]
posted by hepta
on Jun 3, 2013 -
I want to get started running, and learn to run with minimalist shoes. Am I going to just hurt myself? How should I start? [more inside]
posted by ADoubtfulTrout
on May 27, 2013 -
Living in the Alps and going to Iceland in a few weeks, I decided to invest in a decent pair of hiking boots for walking in the mountains, amongst rocks, rough terrain and even volcanoes and glaciers in the case of Iceland. I have not had such shoes for a long time, so am new to such a purchase. After trying the boots at home for a few hours, I am experiencing discomfort in my ankles. Is his normal or should I take the boots back? [more inside]
posted by eurandom
on May 26, 2013 -
I am an early 20s male, straight if it's relevant, and I need some help getting good clothes for summer. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet
on May 19, 2013 -
I managed to majorly blister the back of both of my heels this weekend. Both heels have quarter/loonie sized blisters. I need them to heal AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE because in four days I am going on a trip that cannot be rescheduled
, and one of the main purposes of the trip is to try on and buy shoes for my wedding. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on May 6, 2013 -
It's warm weather season. I want to wear shorts, but I also want to up my style. [more inside]
posted by garlic
on May 2, 2013 -
Is this from a movie or something? I've encountered it online but can't track down its origin. It's an animated gif of a man's shoes, and they have mouths with teeth opening and closing and tongues flapping. You can see it here.
posted by RobotHero
on Apr 30, 2013 -
Recently, Converse put out some "vintage" chucks recently (see here
) but they are only available from certain retailers. I'd like to purchase a pair but I have no idea where to find them in Washington, DC. Has anyone seen these around or know of a place in DC that would stock them?
posted by Loto
on Apr 20, 2013 -
My father just had double bypass surgery and is recovering. As part of his recovery he needs to walk - where can I take him to get some decent walking shoes in the Raleigh/Cary, NC area? Cost is no object, however I was thinking of going to REI first.
A few less than fun facts - he's overweight and has bad circulation in his feet at this stage of the game if that impacts things.
posted by Farce_First
on Apr 19, 2013 -
I am a Canadian who is going to be going down to Bangor, Maine in a couple weeks time. One task for the trip is to find shoes for the wedding. I have really difficult feet to fit and I was hoping to get some suggestions for places to try. (Suggestions for plus size clothing stores that have cute/retro/fashionable would also be helpful.) [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Apr 18, 2013 -
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 -
I just bought a pair of shoes that use the rubber from old tires for the soles. The soles seem durable and they're surprisingly flexible. It made me wonder, why don't more companies use tire rubber for shoe soles?
Bonus question: There always seem to be piles of old tires around - what other uses could these tires be put to?
posted by ashworth
on Apr 6, 2013 -
I am in search of a pair of shoes that captures all that is wonderful about these
shoes but that are actually for sale somewhere. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee
on Apr 2, 2013 -
What can I do to prevent the gross black stuff that builds up in my women's flats due to my sweaty sockless feet? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9
on Mar 28, 2013 -
Where online can I find and purchase stylish casual shoes that are either minimalist or have pretty flexible soles? [more inside]
posted by cmoj
on Mar 23, 2013 -
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 -
I'm interested in watching more documentaries or miniseries about the fashion/clothing industry. Three I've rented recently were Valentino:The Last Emperor, The September Issue, and Signé Chanel. I especially enjoyed the last two as they really showed a lot behind the scenes about how stuff is made (both the media and the couture dressmaking sides). [more inside]
posted by bluefly
on Mar 9, 2013 -
I have a very exciting interview Wednesday and realized that my footwear is completely not up to the task, because I normally select workaday shoes that I can walk miles in and don't care if they are destroyed. I need a work-fabulous (i.e., no open toed) celebratory pair of heels for a special occasion. [more inside]
posted by *s
on Feb 28, 2013 -
looking for a costume or shoe store or some place that has stripper boots and shoes in stock. specifically pleaser brand and seduce 2000.
posted by sandra_s
on Feb 26, 2013 -
I sometimes read about shoes that look fabulous, are reasonably comfortable, and that (with proper care) can last for many years. Although they may be expensive, their durability make up for it. I want shoes like this. [more inside]
posted by yonglin
on Feb 23, 2013 -
I used to have a pair of John Fluevog Gibson Swirls
in black, and I loved them. I rode 'em into the ground. I'm once again in the market for a kinda-funky, kinda-dressy men's shoe, and I would
just grab another pair of Fluevogs... only recent customer reviews call out a sharp decline in their quality. [more inside]
posted by D.Billy
on Feb 22, 2013 -
I have fibromyalgia and it makes the bottoms of my feet ache, especially my arches. I'm a teacher, so sitting down is not an option. My feet are bothering me so much that I've almost reached the point where I'd buy these
. [more inside]
posted by CdnMathTeacher
on Feb 16, 2013 -
Well-made walking shoes with repairable soles? This is kind of in line with cooking with cast iron, shaving with a straight razor, etc. I want well made comfortable walking shoes that will last for a decade with some upkeep and repair.
I'm looking to make an investment in some shoes that I can walk in all day that also look like normal shoes. Black/brown leather, no loud branding or insignias. I have Keen shoes similar to these
& love them, but Keen doesn't repair soles as I'm led to understand.
Are we now in a world where good walking shoes can't be repaired, is this a fool's errand? Not looking to exceed a couple hundred. Go!
posted by letstrythis
on Feb 14, 2013 -
I'll be traveling to the northeast next week and I've realized that I don't own any shoes that are remotely suitable for trapising about on the cold, potentially snowy or slushy sidewalks of Boston. When I lived there I wore my Dr. Martens everywhere and they were great, but I've since learned that they don't play nicely with my issue-prone feet, and anyway I need something that will be comfortable to wear for long periods of time and not particularly bulky, which puts most snow or combat-type boots out. I know this is kind of a silly question, but I'm really stumped as to where to start looking. So, residents of similar climes, what do you wear on your feet that keeps them relatively warm and dry but still fairly comfortable? Suggestions for specific models and brands or general types welcome.
posted by rhiannonstone
on Feb 10, 2013 -
I'm looking for a good pair of sneakers that split the difference between "casual" and "work." Mostly this is for casual Fridays at my office, when I want something cool/relaxed on my feet to go with some jeans, but my ratty Converse sneakers might come off as too informal. I like the Vans Ludlow
collections, but the shoes in those links are limited edition and appear to be gone. The newest
models in those collections don't fit my aesthetic tastes all that well. Is there anything along those lines - sort of a hybrid skate sneak / dress shoe, with a playful hint at formal classiness - you can recommend?
posted by naju
on Feb 6, 2013 -
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 -
I need supportive shoes for lots of walking, but I want to look good too. What's a young lady in an old lady's body to do? [more inside]
posted by Dilemma
on Jan 22, 2013 -
I have had my eye on these shoes
for months and despite the price tag, I'm tempted to bite the bullet. Can you help me find some comparable shoes at a lower price point? [more inside]
posted by kat518
on Jan 22, 2013 -
My heels come up out of these gym shoes
when I walk. I can't return them because I took off the tags.
Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
posted by Kazimirovna
on Jan 20, 2013 -
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 -
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 -