Good womens walking shoes?

Sep 25th, 2005, 11:02 PM
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Donald J. Pliner makes some extremely comfortable shoes. sold on - but unless you have tried on shoes or have worn a particular brand already, it is probably not a good idea to purchase online. a plug for Zappos, though - they ship for free (at least most of the time) and you can return for free within ONE YEAR! they are very customer friendly.
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Sep 25th, 2005, 11:06 PM
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Have you tried Geox? They are comfortable and sturdy, but I'm not sure if they are water repellent.
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Sep 26th, 2005, 05:50 AM
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I just bought a pair of low heeled leather walking boots (just above ankle height) from Stuart Weitzman and they are very comfortable and waterproof. My other Stuart Weitzman shoes have also been very comfortable and ok to wear for hours.
If your travels take you to Switzerland, your wife should invest in a pair of low boots from Kandahar (all their boots are handmade in Switzerland). I have had my Scuol model boots from them for 4 years and they are still good as new, very comfortable, completely waterproof, and warm enough to wear with just a thin pair of socks even on the coldest days.
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Sep 26th, 2005, 06:08 AM
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Another vote for Munro's - I have severe medical issues with my feet and they're the only brand I can wear in the winter. In the summer, I wear Clark's sandals.
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Sep 26th, 2005, 06:54 AM
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I also like Clarks. I have a pair of loafers and they are very comfortable.
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Sep 26th, 2005, 06:55 AM
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What about walking shoes for bad women?
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Sep 26th, 2005, 08:09 AM
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Yet another vote for Munro's. On our last 3 week trip to Europe, those were the only shoes I brought and they were as wonderful there as at home.
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Sep 26th, 2005, 10:23 AM
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I was reading your thread title literally and was going to say that a good woman's walking shoes are probably the same as a bad woman's walking shoes.

Seriously though, you have some excellent suggestions here.
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Sep 26th, 2005, 03:08 PM
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I bought a pair of Ecco's "mary jane" style to wear to Italy last september. I ran across a pair of TEVA closed toed/lace up/walking/hiking all leather/waterproof shoes. i HAVE NEVER worn a pair of them, but figured i'd take a 2nd pair for our 30 day trek to Italy. The TEVA WAS THE BEST WALKING SHOE i have ever worn---ever. we even got caught up in a hurricane in the bay of Venice, and had to depart the ferry boat, in the blowing rain, and i had dry feet after walking around for an hour in the water. I bought them at a discount store called TJ MAXX. since i've worn them to other stores, i've even had sales clerks recognize them as TEVA, and asked where i bought them, as they sold the sandals, but had never seen a closed shoe. I also wore really good socks with them.
hope that helps.
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Sep 26th, 2005, 03:38 PM
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I have tried many of these brands - but every style shoe is different - even the same brands. I have a very good pair of Ecco lace ups (tried on every Ecco made before purchasing these) and they have worked very well on two European trips as well as several stateside trips. But the most comfortable pair that I own is a pair of Donald Pliner fabric slipons (have a rubber sole). Don't know what I'll do if they ever wear out! All anyone can do is try on all the different brands and styles and hope for the best. Even shoes that feel good for a short time, can be uncomfortable when walked in all day long. The support that the shoe provides is critical for me - and every foot is different with a different set of problems. So what is comfortable for my foot, may be terrible for someone elses!
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Sep 26th, 2005, 04:29 PM
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My last trip (May/June) to Italy and Spain included tons of walking, both city walking and some day hiking. Out of five of us, I was the only one who had no "feet issues" during the trip. Yay! I took:

A broken-in pair of Ecco sporty shoes, kind of like a slip-in (no laces) low hiking boot;

A pair of Ecco sandals with velcro straps that I bought on sale;

A pair of Clarks flat slides (sandals) that I threw in at the last minute.

I usually wore the Ecco sandals for sightseeing/climbing around ruins during the day. If we went back to our lodgings before dinner, I definitely put my feet up even for a few minutes and then changed into the (cuter) Clarks for more walking/dinner.

The other Eccos were great for day hikes and places like Pompeii. Much more support (for me) than tennis shoes and not too dorky looking (for my vanity).

For cooler-weather trips, I have lived in Merrell sport clogs.

I think the key for me is changing shoes during the day if possible, or alternating shoes on different days.

I am another big believer in socks with any type of tennis shoe/hiking shoe as well. One of our group got a nasty blister w/ her Merrell lightweight sport shoe...ouch! No socks!
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Sep 26th, 2005, 04:40 PM
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I live in my Mephistos.
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Sep 27th, 2005, 12:03 PM
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If you're looking for a shoe to walk in and not go out to dinner in, then you need a good hiking shoe and smartwool (non-cotton) socks. I've worn the same pair of L. L. Bean Knife-edge trail shoes (low cut, just over the ankle, not a boot) since 1996. I've walked in them every day for 3 weeks on each of two heavy-duty walking trips through Ireland and England. They did well by me on the trails, through castles, trains, and city touring. I must have walked ten miles a day some days and my feet NEVER hurt, got wet, etc. A shoe like this looks fine with shorts or pants. So, if you're a serious walker and don't want your feet to hurt a bit or get even one blister, get a decent hiker. I think these were about $100. Sorry, but I don't think Beans makes this particular one anymore, but they must have a similar shoe by now. Buy your hiker a little on the large side to allow for a thick sock and for your feet to swell.
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Sep 27th, 2005, 12:21 PM
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Also, I second the comments on Tevas. Mine are the open style and cost about $60. I wear them on the beach, kayaking, etc. or just around town.
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Sep 27th, 2005, 12:49 PM
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Mephistos/Easy Spirit/Rockports. Happy Travels!
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Sep 27th, 2005, 07:13 PM
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Mephisto sandals in warm weather; Stuart Weitzman and Easy Spirits in colder weather.
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Sep 27th, 2005, 07:20 PM
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Eccos for me. I like the suede lace up walking shoes and the mary jane style with skirts. I just ordered a pair of Dansk wool felt clogs for our upcoming winter trip to Ireland. I've had them before and if you can find the proper European size they have an outstanding fit. I plan to Scotchguard the clogs before wearing them.
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Sep 27th, 2005, 09:57 PM
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Also prefer American Munro.

I would not use a mail order for an initial sale. My husband is a runner and needs a specific kind of shoes. He got fitted in one, and then reorders the exact same model number by mail.

Another thought -- recently was chatting with several moms. It turned out that about three or four of them had gotten orthotics in recent years. If you can afford a trip to Europe, you can probably afford a podiatrist visit to see if orthotics might help you.

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Sep 27th, 2005, 10:41 PM
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I have an excellent pair of Merrells slip-ons.

I bought my first pair about 11 months ago. Since then, I've walked an average of about 6 miles per day with them. A couple weeks ago, I noticed my feet were starting to hurt. I decided to get another pair (luckily the store could order them in), and just put them on tonight. Not surprisingly, I can see when I compare the pairs that the old shoes had really worn down with 2000 miles of walking on them. These new ones are just as wonderfully comfortable as the old ones were. Maybe next time I'll replace them at the 1000 mile mark.

If you are using your shoes for lots of walking or running, they will wear out. I've heard the same about sneakers, even if they look fine.

For water repellent purposes, I bought some Rockport waterproof high-top shoes (really like short boots) and wore those to Italy last year, including Venice when they had acqua alta. These worked great, but they're not quite as comfortable as the Merrells. But they were fine for rainy days and to switch off with.
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Sep 27th, 2005, 10:45 PM
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I also had good luck with an expensive pair of Ecco's hiking boots a few years ago.

One brand that does not work for me is New Balance. Obviously everyone's feet are different, but I've never been fitted with a comfortable pair. In fact, I don't think I've ever had a really comfortable pair of sneakers.

In the case of your wife, the important thing is that she start practicing with different pairs of shoes several months before the trip. That's the only way to tell how they will hold up to 5-10 miles of walking per day.
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