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Old 10-07-2010, 11:09 AM
 
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in the thread fugal cloths buying i posted this comment about buying shoes

i found that over time buying really brand name shoes does not help your feet in the long run if part of your job is standing around on your feet all day as you work ..

as big and tall person i found that most brand name shoe comes does not come close to meet my needs for a comfortable dress shoe for work ..i

if you have the money to be able to buy a pair of well made dress shoes for work do it for your feet will thank you in the long with a lot better health for the back and legs and ankles areas of haveing a well fitted dress shoe..

it does make a difference between the regular off the rack shoes and fitted pair of shoes ..plus with the fitted dress shoe you can send them back to the shoe maker to be be refitted with new soles and heels and returned to brand new as they came out of the box for half the price of buying a new set of dress shoes every other month to replace the ones that have been torn up ..

plus by good shoe polish also take care of the shoes by feeding the leather to keeping the leather looking new as you care for the shoes..

i do tell people that the fitted pair does cost a lot more but will last a lot longer then a pair of off the rack shoes ..
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I don't skimp on shoes either. I buy good ones. Plenty of other places to save money. My feet are too important to put in cheap shoes.
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Shoes are the only article of clothing that I ever buy new. Ordinary tennies for around the house, I get at thrift shops or yard sales or dumpsters. But I walk an average of a mile a day for shopping, etc., and I buy those at retail. I used to buy light hiking boots, but they don't last as long, so now I buy 5-inch work boots. Hermans from WalMart are a good, comfortable, sturdy shoe for about $30. I probably have nearly 1,000 miles on the one's I'm wearing now, and they are not yet showing any appreciable signs of wear. For street walking, I don't lace them all the way to the top.
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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I go to Nordstroms Rack, they have a half yearly sale on larger size shoes, and I only allow myself to try on shoes that are on the reduced rack. If you work on your feet, good shoes are essential. I also go with Zappos, for a pair of good tennis shoes. They will last about 6 months for me.
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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I have really weird (flat too) shaped feet. When I was working I used to take upwards of two hours trying on shoes to find a pair that was comfortable. Then I would buy TWO PAIR, black and brown (oxblood). I still have a pair of shoes that I bought in 1976, like George Washington's axe (2 new heads, 3 new handles) they've been resoled and reheeled multiple times.

One time a female marketing manager for one of my clients commented that I always wore nice looking shoes and asked, "how much did you pay for those?". I told her I didn't know, I wasn't done with them yet!

Since I no longer work the only serious distance walking I do is on the golf course, so I buy really good golf shoes!
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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I have foot problems so I never buy cheap shoes. Well made, well fitting shoes are always the best investment you can make.
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Old 10-10-2010, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Cheap poorly fitted shoes do one thing and one thing only for the wearer........ they keep your feet clean and that's it !!

I'll spend whatever I need to to get high quality leather boots/shoes and cut corners on work clothes to cover the extra cost. People just don't get how much pain and injury high quality leather shoes/boots can save the wearer from.
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Dayton OH
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Yesterday I went shoe shopping for the first time in 2+ years. I needed some new shoes for work - not fancy dress up shoes, not heavy boots, but plain black leather work shoes to wear with casual slacks or "Dickies" work pants. I went to Sears, since it's not far from home, and they usually have a good selection of plain work shoes in most sizes. I found some Dockers "Shelter" plain oxford work shoes for about $55. Of course at that price, they are made in China. I'm a slow shoe shopper - it probably took me an hour to try on 6 different shoes until I made up my mind.

I always buy shoes that have a removable footbed insert. First thing I do to a new pair of shoes is remove the factory footbed and put in a Superfeet footbed. Superfeet are sold at most big name retail sports stores for around $30. They are a firm arch support footbed, and wow, what a difference they make in shoes. Great for hiking, walking, running or most any activity. They take a while to get used to. At first, you will probably not like them because it feels like the arch support is too far back. But then the feet get accustomed to the Superfeet inserts, and if you are like me, they find their way to nearly all the shoes that are worn.
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:39 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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in the thread fugal cloths buying i posted this comment about buying shoes

i found that over time buying really brand name shoes does not help your feet in the long run if part of your job is standing around on your feet all day as you work ..

as big and tall person i found that most brand name shoe comes does not come close to meet my needs for a comfortable dress shoe for work ..i

if you have the money to be able to buy a pair of well made dress shoes for work do it for your feet will thank you in the long with a lot better health for the back and legs and ankles areas of haveing a well fitted dress shoe..

it does make a difference between the regular off the rack shoes and fitted pair of shoes ..plus with the fitted dress shoe you can send them back to the shoe maker to be be refitted with new soles and heels and returned to brand new as they came out of the box for half the price of buying a new set of dress shoes every other month to replace the ones that have been torn up ..

plus by good shoe polish also take care of the shoes by feeding the leather to keeping the leather looking new as you care for the shoes..

i do tell people that the fitted pair does cost a lot more but will last a lot longer then a pair of off the rack shoes ..
My advice is to buy shoes designed for people who are on their feet a lot. Shoes for Crews is one for example. I bought a pair there when I was in a job that required me to stand for long periods. They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned and I am going to buy a couple more. They cost $24.00.

They have "professional" shoes in addition work shoes that are comfortable as well. Google them for more info.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:03 AM
 
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I only have a few pair of good shoes, two pairs of dress pumps, two pairs work shoes, one pair snow boots, and some hiking sandals I wear everywhere else. But they are spendy and of good quality, so will last for several years at a time. Wear Sperry sandals around the house.
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