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#1 of 42 Old 07-07-2007, 03:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm over the $12.99 flip flops and slides that I keep buying at Target. I'm in desperate need of some shoes that I can put on and take off easily, will go with anything (within reason) AND I can walk around all day without wanting to die from foot pain by the end of the day.

I tried Clark's once and they also made my feet hurt. Maybe it was just that particular style, though.

Any recommendations for good quality, comfortable yet attractive shoes?
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CROCS! I tell you, they are ugly as sin, IMO, but they are SO comfy. I usually only wear cheapo flip flops but have some Crocs for when I need something not quite so casual. They do run about $30 but are so comfy the price didn't matter to me.....and you can wear them for ANYTHING (beach, gardening, etc.) and give them a little wash.
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I'd get 2 pairs of shoes.

1) something you can wear that is a little nicer - exactly what depends upon your needs

2) Crocs Athens. the most comfortable pair of flip flops you will ever own. They list for $30, but I've bought several pair for $21.

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I live in my Birkenstocks all summer, the basic style with the two straps. Love 'em!
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Crocs Cleo

They look like a normal sandal but they are heavenly! I haven't worn anything else in a month.

My other best pair of sandals are Ecco Receptors.
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Are the Crocs (flip flop style or otherwise) good for lots of walking?
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My Naot sandals. I live in them for the summer.
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If I could only have one pair, it would be a pair of Keens. My Keen Newport H2s are amazing.

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Are the Crocs (flip flop style or otherwise) good for lots of walking?
The Cleo's that I have, have been fabulous. The second strap over the instep keeps it from flopping and you don't have to work to keep them on like some shoes. I haven't walked a huge amount but I have no issues when I walk the mall for a couple of hours, and I walked about a mile in them the other night and they were very comfortable.

I googled the Cleo's and found somewhere that shipped them with free shipping.
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Athletic sandals. I bought some Nike athletic sandals back in '99, they cost about $25, and they are in great shape. I bet they last me 15 years.

My Betula (cheaper version of Birks) sandals are close second, but they are not waterproof.

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I've heard these are heavenly - http://www.havaianasus.com/catalog/default.php
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http://www.birkenstockusa.com/styles...ge=0&cat=women

i LOVE these -- i don't like traditional (the 2 strap) birks but these are perfect

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Thanks to a previous clothing thread where Delight mentioned her Chaco sandals, I just ordered these. Good enough for work and everything else, too...black goes with everything for me.

http://www.footlooseandfancy.com/foo...UXLKFUF500439&

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I would love a pair of Crocs if I had the money..

My fave summer shoe are my old fashioned Dr. Sholl's with the band across the top of your foot like a slide. The base is wood and over time it molds to your feet like a Birk would and they fit just perfectly.......I just found a NWT pair at the thrift store for $5.....they do take a bit of getting used to but it's worth it in the end...My old pair I've had for the past 8 years (the band is red) and they are formed to my feet so perfect that the only way I can tell they are on is by feeling it slap (gently) against my heel......I also like that they are totally adjustable......I have really wide feet with a highish arch and they fit me fine as well as my sister with narrow flat feet....
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Thanks to a previous clothing thread where Delight mentioned her Chaco sandals, I just ordered these. Good enough for work and everything else, too...black goes with everything for me.

http://www.footlooseandfancy.com/foo...UXLKFUF500439&
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I love my Chacos. As long as the weather is warm, that's all I wear on my feet!

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Yeah I have to second the Chaco's! I wear them everyday ALL day for long walks and some short hikes. The straps are kinda pretty (and if you get the ones with 3 little straps they're very pretty) and they go well with skirts and slacks and jeans. That said they're like $90 bucks! But they're assembled in Colorado so you know that some poor kid in Indonesia hasn't put them together for 35 cents/day. After a lot of foot, knee and lower back pain I gave up on cheap shoes a few years ago so I have saved up and boought just a few pairs of nice shoes (2 for summer and 2 for winter: 1 dress, 1 everyday) and will wear them until they are dead!

Oh yeah you can get them re-strung with new straps if they wear out instead of buying another pair! (I swear I don't work for them )

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I live in my crocs knockoffs. They are so comfy and they were pretty cheap too. I got them at wal-mart for like $8.
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I would say that the Crocs are good, but if you want more of a sandal the Teva's are about $20 and last all season...I have a friend who has some and this will be the 3rd summer...very comfy!
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I love my mock crocs! I bought them in C.H. Marten for something like 6 bucks! I could walk for miles in them! I once forgot that I had them on and I went to work in them! My boss commented on how he liked the color! They are bright pink! Just wanted to share! Erin!
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Chacos! I've worn my to a wedding... (In my defense, if any is necessary, it was a few days after a m/c & d&c and I was as swollen as could be and in no mood for being too fancy!) I have them in black and this is my fifth summer in them and they still look great.

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Yeah I have to second the Chaco's! I wear them everyday ALL day for long walks and some short hikes. The straps are kinda pretty (and if you get the ones with 3 little straps they're very pretty) and they go well with skirts and slacks and jeans. That said they're like $90 bucks! But they're assembled in Colorado so you know that some poor kid in Indonesia hasn't put them together for 35 cents/day. After a lot of foot, knee and lower back pain I gave up on cheap shoes a few years ago so I have saved up and boought just a few pairs of nice shoes (2 for summer and 2 for winter: 1 dress, 1 everyday) and will wear them until they are dead!

Oh yeah you can get them re-strung with new straps if they wear out instead of buying another pair! (I swear I don't work for them )
I'm with you on the bad shoes=pain. My feet, back & legs hurt if I wear cheapo shoes. I sometimes think it would be nice to be able to spend $20 for shoes, but they also don't last long. I've had two pairs of Merrell leather sandals that I've had for 3 & 4 summers. Same style, brown & black. The black ones are on their last legs (have lost their cushion), so it was time to replace them.

Glad to hear the Chaos are assembled in CO.

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I love my Birkenstocks. I wear them all the time. I know the cost is a little higher than flip flops but I think they are worth it. Shoes must be comfortable.

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I am happy in a pair of hurachis all summer long.

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I have bad knees and ankles and find cheaper shoes usually hurt me. I do not usually need to dress up. My shoe of choice is my teva flip flop in black with a really thick cushy sole. It can dress up or down, slips on easily, and has enough padding to keep my foot off the ground and my knees happy.
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I am really the only person who finds Chacos to be like bricks; in weight, sole thickness and stiffness?? I think they're absolutely awful.

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I love my Merrell slides. COMFY! I also have Chacos and Adidas slides for wet play. That's it for warm weather shoes, here.
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I was just asking myself this same question! And here is how I answered it (but I didn't buy them from Zappos, I bought them in an REI store and they were $10 cheaper)

www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/20557878/c/3.html

I know everyone else has mentioned sandals, but I just really don't like wearing sandals, and no matter how much they seem to be the perfect solution, I can't make myself like wearing them. What I was looking for in a shoe:

1) Can be worn with or without socks
2) Looks appropriate with lots of different clothes
3) Can be worn with black or with my brown capris. I don't know if I succeeded on this one, but I've been wearing them with broan anyway, because they are so comfortable I can't bear to put my old, worn-out brown shoes back on.

I bought them last Tuesday, and I haven't worn another pair of shoes since (wait, I did wear a pair of flip-flops for a few minutes last night when I was at the water park with my son). My feet are happy. Oh, but try on a pair of Keens in person if you think about ordering that brand - I found them to run pretty large.

This is a very long answer, but I like them so much I have been wanting to tell everyone about them - thank you for giving me the opportunity!
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Birkenstocks. There are so many different styles and colours, they last a long time if you keep getting them resoled every few years. I love them. I own two pairs, I have had one for 5 years and one for probably 9.

ETA: Sorry, just noticed you were asking for shoes, not sandals. In this case, I will say Birkenstocks clogs.

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I was just asking myself this same question! And here is how I answered it (but I didn't buy them from Zappos, I bought them in an REI store and they were $10 cheaper)

www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/20557878/c/3.html

... Oh, but try on a pair of Keens in person if you think about ordering that brand - I found them to run pretty large. ...
Did you mean they run pretty small? I tried on Keens in three locations (don't ask) before I bought mine and they all warned me that they run 1/2 to 1 size small. I ended up buying a 9.5 pair of Keens and I normally wear an 8.5 or maybe, maybe a 9.

On Zappos, too, everyone talks about them running really small.


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My friends/family all live in one or more of the following:

Keenes
Birkenstocks
Chacos
Tevas
Crocs

*I'm the Tevas...I desperately want a pair of Chacos or Keenes, but my Tevas WON'T WEAR OUT (they're 6 years old). When we went on vacation last summer, they're the only shoes I took...I climbed a mountain in the Ozarks in these sandals, wore them jetskiing, and out to dinner (granted, it was a casual-ish place, but I did have on nice cropped pants). And we all wear Crocs. My husband and sons all wear the Keene's Newport sandals, and they will NOT wear out or even look shabby. And they go through the washing machine couple of months or so, due to stinky boy foot odors.

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