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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

Help me replace the most perfect combat boots ever!

Where can I find boots just like these again? List of specific requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru on Apr 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Wheels on my feet

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 - 20 answers

So basically foot unicorns.

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 - 14 answers

on this week's edition of Disgusting Shoes...

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 - 23 answers

I want these shoes, but should I buy them?

these flat shoes make my heart flutter. But are they "business professional" in the pink? [more inside]
posted by tulip-socks on Mar 27, 2013 - 25 answers

Cool minimal men's shoes.

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 - 17 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

Can you recommend some fashion docs for lazy weekend watching?

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 - 8 answers

Fabulous Shoes for an Interview?

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 - 20 answers

stripper shoes / boots in Orlando Florida... In Stock?

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 - 2 answers

Beautiful, high-quality women's shoes for double-wide feet?

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 - 12 answers

Fluevog Alternatives?

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 - 14 answers

When your feet hurt, you hurt all over...

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 - 16 answers

Well-made walking shoes with repairable soles?

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 - 14 answers

ISO comfortable, non-bulky, water-resistant shoes

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 - 24 answers

Mutant skate shoe / dress shoe

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 and Pritchard 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 - 17 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

Help me protect and preserve my brand new leather shoes

I just bought a pair of these Grenson Stanley Wingtips. How do I care for them? [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Jan 24, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I wear supportive shoes and look cool at the same time?

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 - 25 answers

Searching for a specific pair of shoes

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 - 15 answers

My shoes and my heels separate when walking

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 - 12 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

Women’s shoes with superior construction.

I am searching for beautifully crafted, durable women’s shoes made from leather that will last for years. I know this is a tough bill to fit so I am not limiting this search to any particular kind of shoe or price range. For boots, I typically look for strong welting (Goodyear method) but this is increasingly difficult to find. I love the look of Frye’s but most seem poor quality for the money. For example, the outsole and upper are simply glued together in most models (although the engineer boots look pretty solid). For heels/dress shoes, I am interested in full-grain leather instead of the bonded or “genuine” stuff. I’ve heard good things about Fluevog and Chie Mihara, but haven’t looked into them yet. Any experiences? What other brands might have these qualities? Are there high quality men’s shoe brands out there that also make shoes for women?
posted by turniphead on Jan 10, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me clothe my feet!

One week in Panama with one pair of shoes-but which ones? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Jan 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Help my girlfriend find the perfect pair of high quality, full-grain leather boots!

Help my girlfriend find the perfect pair of high quality, full-grain leather boots! Looking for stores in the San Francisco Bay area, as well as online retailers. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Where should I sell these shoes and pants?

How / Where can I sell some designer items? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Dec 31, 2012 - 9 answers

Shoe shopping for Bigfoot!

Mr. Panda is in need of a new pair of boots. Difficulty - size 15 and with a specific style. [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Dec 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Need advice wrt mens dress shoes.

Please help us find some appropriate men's shoes for a fancy wedding. Or talk me out of my search. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Dec 18, 2012 - 31 answers

Boot to the head: find me good work boots

I am female and I work mainly outside as a gardener. I want to get two pairs of work boots, one for warm weather and one for cold weather. Can you give me recommendations for one or both of those pairs of boots? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Dec 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Needed: Huarache Imposters

My Nike Air Huarache shoes are wearing out. They have a unique fit with (what I call) an inner sock. Help me find a new pair or something similar. [more inside]
posted by shew on Nov 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Italian shoe pop quiz.

Please help me identify these fantastic boots. Allegedly, Pikolinos. [more inside]
posted by letahl on Nov 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Can These Shoes Be Fixed?

I bought some flats. The first time I wore them, they dug into the back of my ankles (on both feet), and made them bleed - it took my feet about two weeks to heal. Is there a way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Nov 17, 2012 - 26 answers

How can I train myself to have an appreciation and eye for the quality of higher-end clothing and accessories?

How do I judge the quality of luxury clothing and accessories? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Nov 12, 2012 - 18 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

Wherein We See Whether Mods Read Past Headlines...

Leggy Girl Needs Mary Jane Hookup in London... no, not that kind. [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Oct 27, 2012 - 11 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

Help me not ruin my shoes so fast!

My favorite pair of shoes in the entire world, this pair that there only seems to be one of in existence, are just a smidge too narrow. They're 11D, and feet would fit best in an 11E. That smidge is giving me one mean callous, but more importantly the widest part of my foot, tipped with that callous, has already worn through the leather lining and might have burst through the calfskin outer if I hadn't caught it in time. What can I do to not ruin these beautiful, expensive shoes any further? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Chukka chukka choo choo

Men's boots. I want something classy, understated, and durable that will stand up to snow and bike pedals. Under $200 if possible. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Oct 14, 2012 - 15 answers

How to keep my clothing in tip top shape?

My sweaters are pilled. My shoes are scuffed. My skirts have random threads coming out. My thin knit tops have pulls. My favourite shirt has a small salad dressing stain just to the left of my belly button. Your sweaters look new, your shoes look immaculate, you generally look pulled together. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Oct 7, 2012 - 29 answers

Better than Aerosoles?

Really flat interview flats? Or less dressy alternatives (for women) in black? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Oct 2, 2012 - 22 answers

These boots were made for looking awesome

Help me find edgy, yet simple, high-quality boots for this upcoming Boston winter! [more inside]
posted by carmel on Oct 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Repairable shoes in NYC

Where can I buy a repairable shoe in New York City? I just discovered that the reason shoes are so cheap in America is, they're apparently constructed in some way that makes them impossible to fix. I'm willing to pay extra up front if it means that I can just get new soles sewn on instead of going shoe shopping every year. In terms of style, all I want are plain black leather oxfords or derbies, no pinking or toe caps or anything else that would make it harder to polish. In terms of budget, I'm currently paying $50 a pair every six to twelve months, and I'd like not to exceed that by too much (so, e.g., I'd be happy to pay $200 for shoes that reliably last two to four years). Bonus if anyone can explain why my cheap shoes are impossible to repair. If two piece of leather can be sewn together once, why not twice? It's not like thread holes wear out...
posted by d. z. wang on Sep 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me find these awesome vintage Michel Perry boots!

Brilliant shoe-finders of MeFi: can you help me track down a specific pair of shoes that probably aren't made anymore? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Sep 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Pregnancy and Shoe Size

Currently pregnant, and wondering when I can buy shoes again. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Sep 21, 2012 - 14 answers

This is my shoe question. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Comfortable, stylish, informal, professional, durable, RE-SOLABLE men's shoes recommendations needed! [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Sep 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Shoes as durable as Dr Martens in Toronto?

Looking for every-day, unisex walking/office shoes that will last for years - also a brick-and-mortar store where I can try them on (in Toronto, Canada). [more inside]
posted by jb on Sep 20, 2012 - 31 answers

Can I resole these shoes?

Can these shoes be resoled by a cobbler? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Sep 18, 2012 - 7 answers

I'm looking for a cobbler in Dallas, Texas

I'm looking for an excellent shoe repair place in Dallas. [more inside]
posted by hugandpint on Sep 15, 2012 - 1 answer

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