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Old 11-27-2018, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I'm still in Phoenix at the new house.

It has Saltillo tile (Mexican pavers) throughout the "public" areas of the home. It is proving to be a problem for my feet. I am used to going barefoot at home in CA but there we have either carpet or hardwood flooring. Here, the tile is absolutely unyielding. Worse, Saltillo tiles tend to be uneven, so along with foot and ankle pain I'm getting pain in my arthritic knees, too.

The bedrooms and offices of the house and the casita have either hardwood or cork floors. No problems there. (I had never even seen a cork floor before this, didn't even know they existed.)

From reading some of the house forums, it seems this is a common problem with tile. Some suggest gel mats in the kitchen in the food prep areas. Other say, just wear flip flops inside the house. My Teva sandals don't seem to cushion quite enough but they're better than nothing.

What's your super comfortable go-to footwear?
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Old 11-28-2018, 04:14 AM
 
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I have tile thruout my house. I dont have any problem walking on it, but I do have runner rugs down so my puppy with furry feet can walk comfortably without slipping and sliding. I walk on them too, and really like them.
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Old 11-28-2018, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I suppose our cat will ultimately appreciate runners. At home her daily zooming ritual starts in the carpeted living room, where she can get traction, then she makes a sharp left turn into the kitchen (hardwood) and straight on through the family room (hardwood) and uses the momentum to leap up on the sofa.

Sometimes she spins out on the left turn. Needs better tires. But she has pretty good speed for an old cat of indeterminate age.

The thing about Saltillo is it's not just ordinary flat machine-made tile. People who love it really like the uneven surface. People who hate it swear at it. Each Saltillo tile is hand made from clay and so the surface is not completely flat the way ceramic tiles, marble, and other machine manufactured tiles are. In addition, the larger grout lines make the flooring more uneven. This creates a more rustic look but makes it difficult for people who have trouble walking, or for wheelchairs.
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Old 11-28-2018, 06:50 AM
 
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Flip flops by Vionic are my best friend. I wear them all year round instead of slippers etc.
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Old 11-28-2018, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Flip flops by Vionic are my best friend. I wear them all year round instead of slippers etc.
Yowza! There's a Dillard's about 10 miles away. They carry Vionic. I'll check it out this morning.

Thank you so much!
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Old 11-28-2018, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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My brother's whole house, except for the bedrooms is saltillo tiles. They are a pain, they're cold on the feet in the winter, actually MAKE his whole house cold in the winter because they absorb the heat out of the air (that's one reason they like them in hot climates. They also can be a bit of a tripping hazard for folks with a shuffle-y gait, or a walker. And it seems like they are harder to keep clean, the big grout lines grab the dirt if sweeping, and the unflat surfaces make vacuuming very uneven. They like them because they are durable for his big dogs and their scratchy nails.

Area rugs would make them easier and warmer, but even area rugs can be a tripping hazard, and a rug over saltillos is sort of lumpy.
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Old 11-28-2018, 07:18 AM
 
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I'm still in Phoenix at the new house.

It has Saltillo tile (Mexican pavers) throughout the "public" areas of the home. It is proving to be a problem for my feet. I am used to going barefoot at home in CA but there we have either carpet or hardwood flooring. Here, the tile is absolutely unyielding. Worse, Saltillo tiles tend to be uneven, so along with foot and ankle pain I'm getting pain in my arthritic knees, too.

The bedrooms and offices of the house and the casita have either hardwood or cork floors. No problems there. (I had never even seen a cork floor before this, didn't even know they existed.)

From reading some of the house forums, it seems this is a common problem with tile. Some suggest gel mats in the kitchen in the food prep areas. Other say, just wear flip flops inside the house. My Teva sandals don't seem to cushion quite enough but they're better than nothing.

What's your super comfortable go-to footwear?
Haflingers slippers. I love the blue wool clogs. Firm footbed, lots of support.

Sorry about the floor. I love the look of original 50’s houses with that gorgeous terrazzo floor, but with my knees and ankle and Hubs back, ungiving floors are out.
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:50 AM
 
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My brother's whole house, except for the bedrooms is saltillo tiles. They are a pain, they're cold on the feet in the winter, actually MAKE his whole house cold in the winter because they absorb the heat out of the air (that's one reason they like them in hot climates. They also can be a bit of a tripping hazard for folks with a shuffle-y gait, or a walker. And it seems like they are harder to keep clean, the big grout lines grab the dirt if sweeping, and the unflat surfaces make vacuuming very uneven. They like them because they are durable for his big dogs and their scratchy nails.

Area rugs would make them easier and warmer, but even area rugs can be a tripping hazard, and a rug over saltillos is sort of lumpy.
Wow! Thought it was just me. The first time I was working a contract in Tucson, I rented a house which also had all Saltillo tile throughout. That house was definitely a lot colder in winter than our carpeted house in Maine was- even with snow on the ground!
That's why I take comments on living in cold country with a grain of Saltillo.
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:58 AM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Any slippers with a foam rubber cushioned innersole. Mats in the kitchen if you spend a lot of time there. Area rugs. Maybe one of the more plush area rugs with a foam mat under it will even out the lumps from the tile underneath.

When we move to a different part of the country (different climate) there are always things we didn't know to think about.
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Any slippers with a foam rubber cushioned innersole. Mats in the kitchen if you spend a lot of time there. Area rugs. Maybe one of the more plush area rugs with a foam mat under it will even out the lumps from the tile underneath.

When we move to a different part of the country (different climate) there are always things we didn't know to think about.
Worse, there are things we knew about that we convinced ourselves wouldn't matter.

I knew the tiles might be an issue but said, "Maybe it won't be that bad." Big smack upside the head for me.
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