Women's semi-stylish, comfortable shoes?

Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 02:29 PM
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You can find Arche lots of places besides France. Here is Seattle, on Zappos.com, etc. I have not have good luck with that brand myself. They were pretty expensive and did not hold up well at all.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 02:53 PM
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I just bought a pair of these for an upcoming trip; they look a lot better in person and the bottoms feel like sponge they are so comfy. I have not walked for hours in them, yet.

http://www.harrys-shoes.com/shop/prd...se_slip-on.htm

The salesman also recommended a label named Paul Green which he says are as comfortable as Mephisto.

These are also very comfy; I got them for spring/summer:

http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/18137205/c/72.html
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Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:38 PM
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The Dansko Gabrielle shoes look pretty nice. Has anyone tried them for long periods of time or on cobblestones?
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Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:06 PM
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Well, I know Fodorites shun sneakers, but I find that it's often hard to beat a good sneaker for comfort. You can let the laces loose if your feet get swollen, plus they tend to support your foot arch better than anything else. Shoes with comfortable but thinner soles won't do it when you're walking quite a bit in pavement, rocks and cobblestones. Now, for the stylish part, not all tennis shoes are 80's style white Reeboks! I've owned many pairs of Pumas and they are quite trendy. If you're more "mature" and a trendy Puma won't cut it, there are plenty of semi-athletic shoes in non-white colors that look fairly presentable. And, you'll be comfortable, which is key when travelling!
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Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:18 PM
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Okay so I wasn't going to ask this but since a similar thread has resurfaced....

Based on the overwhelming support of Memphistos, I bought a pair of the All Rounders. I do agree they are comfy,

HOWEVER, what sock do you wear with these? I bought the half socks (that just go around the tip of the toe and the heel) but they inevitably get "eaten" in my shoe...

Is it ok to see my white socks peek out? I'm thinking that is a nono
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Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 10:54 PM
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yes yes, it is a no no.

maybe black socks wouldn't be so bad?

or tights?

and I just can't see anklets with sandals, I wish I could but I can't.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 07:19 AM
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Holy smokes - what a fabulous collection of suggestions! I thank all of you for your knowledge, experience and time! I am now off, with list in-hand, to see if I can locate anything that has been suggested here. Failing that, I'll go w/Zappo's or Nordies electronically. Keep those ideas comin'. Can't tell you how much I appreciate it.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 07:32 AM
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Ekscrunchy, Paul Green also has some styles that aren't as ugly as the usual suspects -- so far this line is my favorite.

I found that aerosoles generally work well for me if I want to stay under $60 -- their 3 inch slides and ballet/mary jane flats were comfortable enough this past summer in Istanbul and Spain.

However, I did take more cabs in those locations (traveling with friends) than I do in Paris, London, or Italian cities (where I never take cabs but use public transport exclusively).
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 08:09 AM
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Severl thoughts on the shoe issue.

How to test your shoes with out wearing them outside? Here is my method: Get on a treadmill, use the manual program and go up and down hills for an hour, varying your pace from a "mosey" to a "run for the Métro". Shoes don't step on the ground and you will notice any hotspots after 20 mintues. The hour gets you to the "ache" factor. Many shoes fail in the first 20 mintues.

To GSteed: It really isn't a matter of weight of the wearer for the shoe comfort. Many of us have difficult -to -fit feet. I, myself, have small feet for my height, but double wide toes (I really don't need to use swim fins!) and a narrower heel (duck feet) and I am on the thin side. And most of us would love to always find shoes that can tromp all over town and still look good, whether we are in our home towns or in Europe or whever.

Lastly - looking good and feeling good go hand in hand (or should I say hand in foot?) If your feet hurt, it shows on your face. If your shoes are godawful ugly, it shows in your body via your presentation to the world. "All" we are looking for is a shoe that feels good AND looks good. The word "comfort" should not immediately exclude the word "style" as it has for so long. End of diatribe.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 08:47 AM
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The Dansko Gabrielle appears to have a softer sole than other Danskos--but try it inside first! With cobblestones, you generally want a soft, thick, cushy sole--but if the shoe is comfortable in general, it should be okay.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 10:13 AM
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If you want one more suggestion - Munro "Capri" from Nordstrom's. I just returned from 3 weeks in China where I wore them almost every day and they were wonderful. They climbed the Great Wall and walked a million miles! I bought them in black, and the style went with jeans, slacks or cords - plus they looked sharp.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 10:43 AM
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Good point about the Gabrielle. The munro capri would be good with long pants. It shouldn't be so hard to find a stylish comfortable warm weather shoe that is good for long walks and cobblestones, but it is!
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 11:33 AM
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re: socks with ALLROUNDS. I wear the type of socks that you mentioned but the kind that is a bit higher on the arch. You have to try different brands ( some are cotton mix, spme are "deeper") to find the right one.
This is when I am wearing a skirt; with pants, you can wear any kind of socks you wish.
 
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I too have the Munro Capris and they are heaven! Actually, I have a ton of Munros as they fit me very well. Our last trip to Europe I took one pair and wore them for 3 weeks, no problem. This time though, we are going in summer, so that is harder as I get picky with summer shoes, lol!
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 12:12 PM
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Ah mms, arent we all! But check out the Dansko "Lolita" I mentioned above. Mine have been to Europe three times, walking all over Florence, Munich, and many Swiss sidewalks. They are dressy enough to go to dinner, but comfortable and supportive enough for all-day walking.

I know some people don't like to wear sandals in the city (because of "dirt"), but these have a thick enough wedge sole that my foot is well of the ground and out of the dirt.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 12:37 PM
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enzian--This is pretty ironic. I just checked those Lolitas and they are very similar to a pair of Munros that I have, which I love and have been wondering about taking with me. I think you just gave me the reinforcement I needed to take them! They are so comfy, and look good...so the best of both worlds. Oh, and I already have them so don't need to shell out more money, lol!
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 01:42 PM
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Fishee...I will look into the Paul Greens. I liked these in the store..truly a lot less ugly than many Mephistos, but pricey:

http://www.zappos.com/n/p/p/7248406.html


http://www.zappos.com/n/p/p/7265289.html

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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 01:57 PM
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Here is a link to a pair that I bought for our upcoming trip. They are just as comfy as my keens, but not bulky looking at all...a very slim look to them. I got mine in black, but the red are pretty darn cute I think!

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/,...For-Women.html
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 02:54 PM
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I don't wear sneakers and I find that sometimes Andre Assous makes comfortable shoes that look kind of stylish.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 03:40 PM
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Anyone wear good ole' Birkenstocks? I was thinking of just getting a pair this time but not sure how they are on cobblestones.
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