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]
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]
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!
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.
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?
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.
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]
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]
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!
My feet are roughly the shape of a duck's. What brands of women's (fashion) boots should I investigate? [more inside]
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]
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?
One week in Panama with one pair of shoes-but which ones? [more inside]
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]
How / Where can I sell some designer items? [more inside]
Mr. Panda is in need of a new pair of boots. Difficulty - size 15 and with a specific style. [more inside]
Please help us find some appropriate men's shoes for a fancy wedding. Or talk me out of my search. [more inside]
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]
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]
Please help me identify these fantastic boots. Allegedly, Pikolinos. [more inside]
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]
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]
What is the best thing for my feet when I walk all day? And had foot issues before? [more inside]
Leggy Girl Needs Mary Jane Hookup in London... no, not that kind. [more inside]
Do I need to be wearing a supportive insole in my ballet flats? Are flat shoes destructive for your feet? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Really flat interview flats? Or less dressy alternatives (for women) in black? [more inside]
Help me find edgy, yet simple, high-quality boots for this upcoming Boston winter! [more inside]
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...
Brilliant shoe-finders of MeFi: can you help me track down a specific pair of shoes that probably aren't made anymore? [more inside]
Currently pregnant, and wondering when I can buy shoes again. [more inside]
Comfortable, stylish, informal, professional, durable, RE-SOLABLE men's shoes recommendations needed! [more inside]
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]
Can these shoes be resoled by a cobbler? [more inside]
I'm looking for an excellent shoe repair place in Dallas. [more inside]
Share with me your go-to brands and/or stores to find good quality, cute but relatively inexpensive flats (ideally less than $50). [more inside]
Help me replace my Danskos with shoes that won't make me fall over. [more inside]
I'm looking for shoes I can wear with my sexy/gothy/fetishy clothes that aren't boots or heels. [more inside]
Meow! How do you walk quietly in kitten heels? Something like this or this? Is it a trick of sizing? Of walking a little differently? This would be my go-to style of heel for many occasions... if I can hide the slap-clack slap-clack sound which is a bit too much like $2 Walmart flip-flops.
I'm looking for my perfect, versatile slip-on walking shoe that is comfortable without socks and not too clunky to wear with a casual skirt/dress. [more inside]
I want a women's slip-on walking shoe with enough support to walk several miles in without making my feet hurt. Suggestions for brands or styles needed. [more inside]
Lots of leather, lots of products. Are leather care products interchangeable? [more inside]
Female urban walkers: please recommend to me some stylish shoes that i can pound the pavement in, without the shoes falling apart after five or six months of wear. I'm ready to spend the money to buy some shoes that i can love for at least a couple of years! [more inside]
Cheap clothing worldwide: OK I see ads for very low dollar cost clothing which leads to short lifespans for those clothes and a never ending repeat cycle. Is this something other countries outside the US do for their garments? Do say German middle class parents buy cheap items for school or do they buy better grade products and buy them less often? Is the Wal-Mart/Ross/K-Mart junk clothing limited to the US? Same with cheap shoes, are the quality shoes found in German or Swiss or French stores better and therefore longer lived?
Wife is getting shin splits. Walks a lot for her job. You chics out there--what is the most comfortable athletic or casual shoe you've ever worn?
Can you help me find fabulous, head-turning fall shoes or boots for $300-$500? [more inside]