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    Smile shoe brand, does anyone have these?

    Yesterday, I was at a store where they sold a shoe brand called Merrell, I think that's the correct spelling. A woman was trying on a pair of sandals, and went on and on about how comfortable they were, that they were very supportive of her arch. I looked at the shoes, and they look very nice, but I didn't try any on for various reasons. Anyway, now that I'm back home again, I'm wondering if any of you have tried these shoes. If you have, do you like them? I have flat feet, so I have to always wear arch supports. These shoes cost upwards of $80, some styles into the $100s. I don't think I've ever paid anywhere near that much for shoes, unless they were work shoes, since I'm on my feet, literally, all day. I heard the sales clerk say the company has only been around about 3 years. Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    I have never heard of them, but I don't do a lot of shoe shopping. I wear mainly berkies and finns.

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    They have been around forever. They are wonderful. I discovered them when I had plantar fasciitis. Worth the money if you have foot problems plus they are very durable and seem to last for years.

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    Haven't heard of them I usually switch between Skeechers (sp?), Adidas and Vans skate shoes.

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    My daughter loves that brand. She has very narrow feet, and some of their styles fit her very well.

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    Thanks for your help. OCquilter and quilt1950, do they run true to size? The store I saw them at is about an hour and a half away, not sure I want to make the drive again so soon. Thought maybe I could order them off the internet. I must have misunderstood the clerk when he said they'd only been in business 3 years, he probably said that's how long the store has been carrying them.

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    I started wearing SAS shoes - they are like walking on pillows. I was able to wear them all day, where if I bought the normal shoes, I could barely walk after an hour. I have extremely high arches and now have bone spurs on both heals. The heals don't hurt any more and I haven't needed special orthotics. Also i wear the various good sport shoes - no more $20 - $50.00 pairs of shoes for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julie View Post
    Thanks for your help. OCquilter and quilt1950, do they run true to size? The store I saw them at is about an hour and a half away, not sure I want to make the drive again so soon. Thought maybe I could order them off the internet. I must have misunderstood the clerk when he said they'd only been in business 3 years, he probably said that's how long the store has been carrying them.
    My daughter did say that not every shoe is a good fit. But I believe that Zappos has free shipping both directions, so that may be a place to start.

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    I love Merrill and SAS. I have real problems with shoes. I just gave up trying to buy inexpensive shoes, but now I don't need them very often. I have bad knees so I really need support and comfort.

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    Oh great! I've looked at Zappo's, I'm going to check it out. thanks!

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    Merrill, Clarks and Dansko are among the best brands for shoes. All are well-made with good arch and foot support. I got used to spending about $100 per pair of shoes a decade ago. For me, it's the difference between feeling fine and having feet that hurt. One good thing about these shoes is that they can last a LONG time! My inside Dansko shoes lasted a good five years before I had to replace them. Same thing with my Birkenstock outdoor sandals.

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    I, too, got a pair of Merrills when I had plantar faceitis (? Sp) and I like them. They are a "moc" style I guess you could say. I also like the LL bean mocs which I got next and they are less expensive plus they have free shipping and free return shipping ifnthey don't fit.. I love my Berkenstocks, too, but they are sandals. If you know the style number you tried on, try Googling it to find a good price. LL Bean often has footwear on sale and I only get the mocs there when it is a sale (I am cheap I guess) but it is hard for me to justify paying $100 for a pair of shoes.

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    Merrills are great shoes. I have a couple pair and Mr. Stitchripper has some too. We like them.
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    They are great shoes. Have worn them for several years. Clark's and Bjorn are also good.

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    Merrell is a very good shoe but my absolute most comfortable shoes are either Keens or Birkenstocks..they saved my life. I am really impressed with Keens especially..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monika View Post
    I love Merrill and SAS. I have real problems with shoes. I just gave up trying to buy inexpensive shoes, but now I don't need them very often. I have bad knees so I really need support and comfort.
    Same here. I have had the same pair of Merrill hiking boots for years and last year bought a pair of low-cut sneaker type for more leisurely walks in the woods. I love my SAS shoes for work. Both brands are comfortable from the first day you buy them and last for years. Kind of pricey but they do last.

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    I have a pair of Merrell shoes, sandals and a pair of boots. Great arch support ( I have high arch and narrow heel) and I just love them.

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    Love Merrill and SAS. They are more expensive to purchase initially, but save money in the long run since they last so long. I can't wear all the styles of either brand, have to try them on and some are not as comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCquilter View Post
    They have been around forever. They are wonderful. I discovered them when I had plantar fasciitis. Worth the money if you have foot problems plus they are very durable and seem to last for years.
    My opinion also. I have 2 or 3 pair.

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    Merrell's are a good brand if you have foot problems. I have 3 pair I think. My summer sandals are another brand - I think Ecco? Those are very good too for support. Expensive to have to buy any of them, but they prevent pain, so better in the long run.

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    My son bought a pair of shoes from them that were rather expensive. After about 8 months the stitching ripped. My son is an adult and was just going to throw them away. I called customer service. They were wonderful. They asked me to send the shoes back....for inspection. A week later they sent my son a brand new pair.

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    When I was working and on my feet all day,Merrel shoes were the only ones I could wear .
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    Love my Merrels I think they do run true to size; I wear a size 8.5 normal width in them and that is my regular size. I have a pair of their sandals as well as light sneakers. I bought both of mine at Marshall's and they were less than $50. I am a bit of a shoe snob but have never paid full price for any of my shoes, from sneakers, sandals to all-leather boots. Good places to shop for name brand shoes are DSW, Marshall's, Ross and Dillard's during their bi-annual sales.

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    I love my Merrell's in the fall and winter after I went up half a size. Also, love Birki's and Teva sandals.

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    For me they are the best shoes ever. I love how comfortable they are
    I love the jungle moc's Very comfortable
    I wear at work on my feet all day. Some of the sandals, are more comfortable then others some were not as comfortable

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