Can you reccomend some shoes?
June 29, 2005 10:10 AM   Subscribe

I'm in a shoe buying state of mind. Any personal favorites? I'd like to avoid the bigger brands and maybe find something different.

I'm a man with large feet, but if you've got an answer others might find useful, put in on in here.
posted by shotsy to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (26 answers total)
posted by dobbs at 10:18 AM on June 29, 2005

I thought those Nike Free shoes were just a gimmick, but then I tried them on and my feet melted into two orgasmic pools of joy.
posted by cyphill at 10:19 AM on June 29, 2005

i am a huge fan of SimpleĀ® shoes. currently have on Simple Barneys. i love em, dressyish, but still liek wearing a sneaker.
posted by ShawnString at 10:21 AM on June 29, 2005

I second the motion for Simple shoes. I love the leather skater shoes.
posted by gallois at 10:24 AM on June 29, 2005

Ive got wide feet and really love Rockport shoes. They just had their 50% off sale over the weekend..sorry.
posted by blueyellow at 11:27 AM on June 29, 2005

I have never had a more uncomforatable pair of shoes than the Columbia shoes I bought last month.
posted by u2604ab at 11:56 AM on June 29, 2005

I'm a fan of Tsubo shoes. Comfy and funky.
posted by googly at 12:11 PM on June 29, 2005

I just bought a nice pair of sneakers from Vegan Essentials. They look pretty cool and feel pretty good (and sturdy).

BTW, they seem to run big. I bought a 12, but it seems like I could have gone for an 11 1/2 (which is surprising since I usually go for a 12 1/2).
posted by o2b at 12:17 PM on June 29, 2005

Holy shit dobbs! Those are some gorgeous shoes!
posted by fake at 12:22 PM on June 29, 2005

Response by poster: Nice suggestions so far, thanks all!
posted by shotsy at 1:15 PM on June 29, 2005

I hate giving away my secret source of the coolest shoes, but what the hell. I'm a huge fan of John Fluevog's stylish, hip shoes.
posted by evariste at 1:42 PM on June 29, 2005

I see they were mentioned in the previous shoe thread. Oh well :-)
posted by evariste at 1:43 PM on June 29, 2005

Holy shit dobbs! Those are some gorgeous shoes!

Let me at least one voice of dissent on that one..
posted by mert at 2:04 PM on June 29, 2005

(Fluevogs are awesome)

ON PREVIEW: So are cydwoqs.
posted by Count Ziggurat at 2:12 PM on June 29, 2005

I like Keen sandals a lot.

Only the women's come in the cool colors, though.
posted by mecran01 at 2:29 PM on June 29, 2005

My Onitsuka Tigers (Ultimate '81 LE) are the most comfortable shoes ever - I have narrow, size 12 feet, and these fit like... some sort of bizarre foot-glove. Very lightweight, too.
posted by sluggo at 2:40 PM on June 29, 2005

I had a pair of Cydwoq sandles that I couldn't break in. They destroyed my feet (and they aren't cheap). Ditto with Fluevogs. Maybe it's my feet, but those two brands were too much pain with very little pleasure.

I'm very much loving my new robin-egg blue Campers.
posted by heather at 3:04 PM on June 29, 2005

Everyone could use a pair of Crocs.
posted by Agamenticus at 5:07 PM on June 29, 2005

Black Spot Sneakers
posted by krisjohn at 5:39 PM on June 29, 2005

New Blackspot sneakers = designed by Fluevog.

I have a pair of the old ones, which are sorta uncomfortable. The tongue seems odd.
posted by Count Ziggurat at 5:47 PM on June 29, 2005

Go Fluevogs. Four pairs and counting.
posted by randomstriker at 6:36 PM on June 29, 2005

In a similar vein to the Vegan Essentials post, I'd recommend Vegetarian Shoes - a treat for your feet if you don't eat meat :-)

Even if you're not veggies, there are plenty of other reasons to buy them. Mainly, they're probably the most ethically sound, environmentally friendly shoes you're likely to find (vegan and Blackspot sneakers being on a similar pegging).

And to pre-empt a few questions that I'm always asked.... No, they're not made of plastic. Yes, the material is breathable. No, my shoes don't eat meat, ha ha ha.
posted by ajp at 3:38 AM on June 30, 2005

Vegetarian Shoes boots are indestructible. The pair on my feet right now have been going strong for three years; I've only needed to resole them. I had a pair of VS skate shoes that aren't quite as tough, though; they started falling apart after a year or two.
posted by cmonkey at 4:36 PM on October 8, 2005

I will have to disagree with anyone recommending Nike Frees. Indeed, they're comfortable, but outside of that, they're crap. I've had 2 pairs (4.0 and 5.0) and they both fell apart or tore, literally, in weeks.
posted by dobbs at 4:20 PM on October 9, 2005

cmonkey and ajp, those VS, do they fit normal? I usually take a 42 (8.5) but in some shoes, particularly, Cydwoqs, I take a 41. ARe the VS brand normal fits?
posted by dobbs at 4:22 PM on October 9, 2005

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