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Thread: What's up with shoes these days?

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    There use to be a shoe shop repair and shoe maker in town when my kids were small. I had all their shoes made. They wore the high tip lace ups until they started to school and then it was I'm not wearing baby shoes! LOL. They never wore out their shoes, they out grew them. Now kids shoes seems to wear out in a few months.
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    I used to have a favourite brand which were a little expensive. Then they changed their last and now the only ones I can find that fit are a German brand which is very expensive - double what the others cost. I would like useful shoes in a sensible price range.

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    If you want a wide toe shoe try REIKER. Love my Clarks and Bojrn's. If your feet are happy then you have a good day. My Mother said you should change shoes every day to the second pair. Teaching and Retail was my work so I went down to about a 1 and 1/2 in. heels years ago. Have a foot happy day every one! Hugs,

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    Seems to depend on what Country makes them also. I've noticed they are wider across my foot these days and harder to keep on my feet. Very irritating. If possible i have to buy 1/2 size smaller just to keep them on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie View Post
    Used to be when I was teen-twenties a size 5 was the "sample" size so I was lucky to be able to buy them at a very reduced price! Try to find size 5 now! Have to get them on-line and pay extra for shipping, then if they don't fit well...Arghh! On my budget, I can't shop for $50 and up! I think with more healthy diets as babes, people are growing bigger all over!
    Kitsie, like you, in my youth I used to buy my sample shoes at the "Cinderella Slipper Shop" here in Los Angeles. Their samples were all size 4! Now I have to find a size 5, mostly online, and have to be careful about the width because, as Tartan pointed out, my feet have spread out! So not fun to have to shop for shoes.
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    I haven't been able to go into a shoe store and buy shoes for years now. This is due to my feet swelling and the more I walk around and try shoes on the worse they get. Trying on wide shoes doesn't work because I normally have a narrow foot with a very narrow heel. My solution has been to wear my daughters hand me downs since they are already stretched out and fortunately we wear the same size.

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    I never go barefoot, did it too much as a kid, and was born with a "C" width foot and an"E" width foot, so finding shoes has always been a nightmare. When you add to that, that as I have aged, my feet went from a size 9, to the size 11 that they are now, buying shoes has never been fun for me, until I went to a free class my health insurance sponsored about taking care of my feet. That is when I had a gait study done and was told to buy Birkenstocks with special inserts. Well I went to buy the shoes only to discover they are built too narrow for my 'fat foot'. When I was bemoaning my luck, the sales girl pointed me to a brand called "Alegrias". Success! Not only do they fit well, but they come in fun prints (over a hundred) and many styles. They do cost as much as "Birkenstock" but are much prettier. I did find them online for about half as much, but those may be 'last year's' if that matters to you. Can you tell I love my new shoes? (Without my new shoes I have to use two canes to walk, but with them and the inserts, I can walk unaided. My own little miracle!

    The picture below is the pair I got so you can see one of the fun designs, and they match everything I own!
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    Being in AZ, if you go outside, it is fair to say, you will be wearing some type of shoe. But I was born bare foot and I will die bare foot. My grandmother had a terrible time with bunions, my mother had less problems but still had problems. I refuse to wear heels and I don't have a problem with bunions. Now, will my daughters listen, no!
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    I discovered NAOTs a few years ago, we were going to Hawaii and I wanted sandals that would also be a little dressy. Went to shoe store and they showed me NAOT sandal, the feel on my foot was heaven. They have great arch support with a wide toe box and the insert is replaceable. There was no break in period and I now own 7 pairs, they last forever. They are expensive ($150 and up) but your feet will love them.

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    I wear SAS or New Balance. Nobody else carries a double wide in women's shoes. I'm fed up with being told that "nobody" wears a double wide shoe. I do!! I wish I could find comfortable shoes that fit me for less then $100+.

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    I have to wear shoes that have good soles. I have a broken bone in my foot and have had it for the last 3 years. Dr told me to always have a good pair of shoes on my feet. I had a shot this last winter and it sure has helped with the pain and swelling that I had.

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    Truthfully have not read all response. I agree our feet change over time... particularly as we age. I have ugly aryhritis in my feet. Live in flip flops. probably not the best choicebut it works for me.

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    Skecher's are pricey, but I have 3 pairs and live in them. Finally a shoe I am totally comfortable wearing.
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    I buy my shoes at The Walking Company, 1/2 sizes, different width, the Abeo line has built in orthotics. They are expensive but so worth it. I think the website is www.thewalkingcompany.com

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    I have a problem I've not seen addressed here. My foot is extremely narrow. I wear a S or SS...8.5. Even the expensive shoes seldom have a size that I can wear. So, I wear a cheap tennis shoe and Good Feet arch supports. I can cinch up the shoelaces on the tennis shoes so that they work and feel comfortable. Like so many, the front part of my foot has widened, but never the heel. When I use to wear heels, I had to wear only ones with an ankle strap to hold them on.....I guess it isn't profitable for companies to make the "odd" sizes.....

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    I love my Alegrias ... They are pricey but the support is outstanding, the toe box is wide enough for my bunioned big toes and they don't wear out.

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    I never enjoyed shoe shopping. I wear size 11M and it is hard to find comfortable shoes for my long toes! I went barefoot around the house for about 15 yrs. and I am paying for it now. I have bad arches and arthritis in both feet and I feel it every day. For the past two years I have been wearing very comfortable, good arch support sandals around the house. I am never barefoot now. Unfortunately, I wear SAS brand shoes. They are very comfortable but not stylish but at this stage of my life I don't care! Comfort is first with me now.
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    The only time I'm shoeless is when I'm showering at home. Shoes are preferred to be worn in my home, I don't want to see your ugly feet or stinky socks. LOL. Being barefoot can cause lots of problems as you age.
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    I find that shoes do not come in half sizes in most brands anymore. I am a definite 7 and a 1/2 size. 7 is too small and 8 is too big.

    I am hanging onto the shoes that I have and hope that they do not wear out too quickly. I maybe forced to go barefoot.

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    My last pair of shoes I bought recently were Born. I love them. Clarks too. I have trouble with shoes now as my feet are wider than they used to be. And I can't wear heels anymore.
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    I wear SAS shoes. they may not be the prettiest shoes around but except for my Brooks Ariel's, they are the only shoe I can wear comfortably with my orthotics in them. THey are kinda expensive, though. About $120 - $140 a pair.
    My Brooks are super cushioned running shoes that are also stabilizers, Unfortunately they run about $140 a pair also. I go cheaper on my clothes, but must wear good shoes if I want to be able to stand or walk. And I am only 53!!!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    My feet are long and more narrow than they used to be. I get a good fit with Naturalizer but not Clark's. I mostly wear open toe sandals and most of them want to fall off my feet, very frustrating!

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    Amen sister! Keens are so comfortable. I love them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Onetomatoplant View Post
    I'm a huge fan of Born, but also really love Keen.

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    I have to wear orthotics now so I have a HUGE problem finding shoes....the last few years I have stayed with Ecco 3 strap sandals...I get several colors and that is my shoe for all occasions. This year they changed the height of the heel and I had to adjust to that...but now I like it better. It is good I live in a warm climate or I could be in deep trouble in the snow! LOL

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    You're tight - Naturalizer & Hushpuppies have changed size-wise. I've bought Skechers Go Walks for summer and love them.

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