Post # 32
Danskos aren’t the cutest but they’re the best. HOWEVER…the Dansko brand is now made in Vietnam or something, but the Sanita brand is still made in Europe. Sanita used to make all of Danskos, but they split and now they’re separate but sort of equal companies. I buy Sanitas because they’re slightly cheaper, and I feel better about items made in Europe…
Post # 33
For some reason I can’t balance well in wedges. My foot always twists and I’m nearly falling over. One day at my old job I actually fell in a pair of wedges. My breakfast went flying, had on a dress and everything! LOL! Now when I wear them, I have to be extra careful. Haha
Post # 34
Wow, platform pumps! I couldn’t imagine. Sorry if this has been asked already…. didn’t read all the replies, but are your feet aching at the end of the day? The closest I’ve come to platforms are boots with heels!
Post # 35
@AmeliaBedelia: One thing to keep in mind is how comfortable they are when you are just standing. I found some shoes were great for walking, but when I was just standing (like at a board, or an assembly or lunch duty), my feet would hurt. So when you are trying them on, try to just stand in one place for 5 mins.
Post # 36
@Ms_Sophia: Due to the front of the shoe (platform) being high, the angle of my foot is not drastic. My shoes fit well and they do not hurt. I break them in first. I wear my flats when I know I have to be getting to places quickly.
Post # 37
I’m a nurse and I like the Alegria shoes. Like PPs said, they are a bit pricey, but they are worth it!
Post # 38
Tieks. I can do a full day running in them if I have to.
Post # 39
@AmeliaBedelia: I think all of the recs for the brands have been spot on. However, I also know that it’s tough to buy a lot of new, quality shoes at once without breaking the bank, haha. I would suggest splurging for sure on a great pair of quality shoes now rather than sacrificing on quality in order to buy multiple pairs. Next month or month after, you can splurge on another pair! In the meantime, a set of good gel inserts can help with your existing shoes in case you get tired of wearing the same pair all of the time or whatever. I had a pair of Dr. Scholl’s gel inserts back that I moved around my problem shoes back in my office days. Man the difference was night and day!
Post # 40
I have MBTs.
They’re really expensive, but I’ve had mine for 4 years and they’re still amazing.
They work the muscles in your legs so they become stronger and so hurt less when you’re on your feet all day!
Post # 41
So I’m super cheap, so buying $100 shoes scares me lol… I buy cheap Payless Shoes flats and put inserts in them. It definitely works for me! I’m sure buying expensive shoes would be better, but my feet don’t hurt and, more importantly, my back doesn’t hurt after a long day of standing!
Also, yay for inclusion! I’m at a school who uses an inclusion model and as a Gen Ed teacher I love it! 🙂
Post # 42
I’m a special ed teacher too! 🙂
The only thing that’s saved me are my birkenstocks (and birki Kay clogs for when you need to wear socks!)
I am going to look up every one of these suggestions! I have custom orthotics but can’t wear them in ANYTHING, even after taking out the insoles, having the shoes stretched and getting the orthotics trimmed down… you get the point!
The only thing is, buying shoes SCARES me… let alone buying shoes online! But i’m glad I may find something from this!! 🙂
Post # 43
When I worked in a hotel I wore the Skechers Shape-ups. The extra cushioning in the sole made those long shifts so much better. These are the closest I could find, but mine weren’t quite this ugly http://www.skechers.com/style/76456/work-shape-ups-x-wear-slip-resistant-encompass/blk
Post # 44
Tieks or Danskos. However, I am also a teacher and own neither of these shoes : / I’d love to spend $150 on a pair though, but I am currently poor! But I can live vicariously through you if you buy them!
Post # 45
Skechers mary jane style shoes