Women's semi-stylish, comfortable shoes?

Old Jan 21st, 2015, 05:36 AM
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I would pay any amount of money for good, comfortable shoes. For years I wore Mephistos and then switched to Naots and have several pairs of each. I also love my FitFlops.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 07:32 AM
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My ARAs cost in the $100 range. I have three pairs of the same model -- a slip-on suede shoe (with stretchy fabric bits on top to make them easier to get on and off). The last pair I bought was in September 2014 and I spent 89 euros. They are still made in Europe, not China (if that's a factor for you). http://www.amazon.com/ara-Pat-Womens.../dp/B005ADRJ88
Here's a pretty fair review: http://www.smartertravel.com/blogs/t...ml?id=12192927

I think of them as three-season shoes -- this particular style is a little too warm to wear in summer. But they are very comfortable, have a good grip and are waterproof. And not too heavy -- I like my Merrell's suede "moc crocs" for walking in the hills but they're too heavy for everyday.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 07:37 AM
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Funny, I was just going to recommend Naots, too. I have very poor feet and these are some of the more supportive, attractive, & comfortable shoes I have.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 07:42 AM
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Actually, I developed plantar fasciitis too. Hence, the renewed interest in comfortable supportive shoes.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 07:46 AM
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I love FitFlops...but I can't wear the styles that have that divider between the toes. When I first saw them, they only had that style available (where I live anyway) but now I'm see more of their styles --like Kys and Sling -- that don't irritate my toes. I'm curious about their boots -- any Fodorite experience with them? They seem like a nice alternative to the ubiquitous Uggs or the terrific but expensive Kandahars.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 08:12 AM
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Footwear is not the place to save money. How much are you spending on your trip? If your feet hurt, it'll spoil your trip and you will have wasted that money.

Everybody's feet are different. Try out your new shoes at home on rough surfaces to make sure they're right and to break them in.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 08:13 AM
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I love Naot! They are the most comfortable shoes I own these days. I like both their sandals and several style of shoes (but not all of them fit me).

For plantar fascitis you need orthodics from a podiatrist, not just supportive shoes.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 08:24 AM
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"I love FitFlops...but I can't wear the styles that have that divider between the toes"

WeisserTee, my first two pair didn't bother me at all but I ordered another pair and the thong part hurt. I should have trusted the reviews on that particular shoe. I really rely on Amazon and Zappo reviews.


"For plantar fascitis you need orthodics from a podiatrist, not just supportive shoes."
suze, that may be your personal experience but my personal experience is different. I'm glad the "orthodics from a podiatrist" was the right solution for you.

"I'm curious about their boots -- any Fodorite experience with them?"
I think OO has used the boots. I'll tell her about this thread.

"Footwear is not the place to save money. How much are you spending on your trip? If your feet hurt, it'll spoil your trip and you will have wasted that money"
Completely agree, Mimar.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 09:26 AM
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I've never even seen fit flop boots let alone worn a pair! I live in a climate that is pretty warm most of the time so if they are displaying fit flops at all, it's the sandals, even now. I just got my 6th pair. I do have a pair of the clogs, and have found that FitFlops with leather or cork soles don't work as well for the cushioning I need. The others did help me get over a year long case of plantar fasciitis. And now they are filling a new need. Hip replacements often result in one leg being slightly longer than the other. Even a quarter inch difference is noticeable. FitFlops have <u>so much</u> give tho, they absorb that extra 1/4" and as long as those shoes are on, it isn't noticeable at all.

This past weekend I was mesmerized by a pair of purple clogs I saw. OMG they were cool. So I had to ask the woman where she got them, and she said online, but they are vintage. The top was purple and a material that looked almost like a shiny croc material. They were Swedish, and she told me the name, but the words were all Swedish too so I'm clueless today as to what they were. One of the words was Swedish for the word clog, that much I know. I LOVED them!!
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 09:29 AM
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<I'm glad the "orthodics from a podiatrist" was the right solution for you.>

starrs, you really shouldn't assume about other people. I don't have plantas fasciitis.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 10:11 AM
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Oh. You "don't have plantas fasciitis"?

And yet you are giving advice re the condition?
<I>"For plantar fascitis you need orthodics from a podiatrist, not just supportive shoes"

</I>LOL! Now that's funny!

Sorry Dr. Suze. Thanks for sharing your professional opinion but I already have a doctor I trust.

LOL
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 10:19 AM
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Starrs, Please feel free to ignore everything I post. I have a long-time background in sports and dance, and everyone I have ever known who faced it, went to a podiatrist. Can you please not pick a fight over everything I say?
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 10:41 AM
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suze, despite your professed credentials, I'll continue to follow my doctor's recommendation regarding PF.

OO shared how well FitFlops work for her, based on first hand experience, and I have benefitted from her recommendation.
I've shared how well Ariat and Mephistos work for me. Perhaps others will benefit from my recommendations.

You've shared that Mephistos are too expensive for you. Some of us feel differently. You've given advice for a condition that you've not experienced. I'll consider advice from OO and others who have experienced PF.

<I>Please feel free to ignore everything I post.
"I hate Mephistos"
"Since Mephistos run about $300, I might have just saved someone a lot of money."
"For plantar fascitis you need orthodics from a podiatrist, not just supportive shoes."
" I don't have plantas fasciitis."

</I>When you pepper a thread about comfortable shoes with comments like those over just a two day span, it's hard not to notice.

In any case, perhaps the Walking Cradle suggestion will be helpful for some, even though it may not be helpful to others.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 10:57 AM
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Like I said starrs, please just stop. We can all read posts for ourselves the first time. You don't need to copy, paste, and compile my comments and make a bunch of derogatory remarks. No one else does that, you'll notice. Only you.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 11:09 AM
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I think the solution is to stop with the "I hate Mephisto" and "For plantar fascitis you need orthodics from a podiatrist, not just supportive shoes" comments.

I think you'll find that if you stop with those type of derogatory remarks on a comfortable shoe thread, you'll not get any comments in response.

Following a recommendation for Mephistos with "I hate Mephistos" and bragging on saving someone $300 with that comment is just strange.

Providing advice on PF and then sharing later that you've never had it nor had to recover from it is strange.

We are sharing recommendations with one another about comfortable shoes that have worked well for us. That's always valuable.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 11:12 AM
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<then sharing later that you've never had it>

I didn't say that. I can be cured you know.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 11:13 AM
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starrs, this is the Europe forum. Not the Lounge. I am going to stop posting on this thread now, since you won't leave me alone.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2015, 09:07 AM
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Sorry to bring up this thread again, but I just wanted to report that I found Alegria and Pikolinos shoes. I love them both so much! While Alegria look like Dansko, they are lighter and a bit less clog-like.

Pikolinos are just beautiful.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2015, 01:46 AM
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It's not believable that a businesswoman would have such bad grammar. It's pretty obvious that you're selling shoes.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2015, 04:06 AM
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bvl - WT has reported this on another thread.

not subtle, is it?
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