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Wow, I have no idea if this is the right forum to post this in.<br><br>
Does anyone have recommendations for good, comfortable walking shoes? I have been wearing the same old Tevas for a couple years now, and Tevas are not really meant to be walking shoes, and now I am paying dearly for it. My feet and ankles hurt ALL THE TIME. I will spend $$ or whatever I have to do, to not have my feet hurt. I walk a LOT so I need something really comfortable.<br><br>
Birkenstocks?<br><br>
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Eccos and Mephistos are my favorites. They are expensive, but they last forever. I also hear good things about Danskos. Do you have a Walking Shoe Comany near you?
 

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Great, thank you. I'm not sure if there's a walking shoe company around here - is that the name of a store? I am sure there is something like that, being that this is hiking country (Marin County CA).
 

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Birks are good, but I also love my shoes from a company called Soft Spots. They come in cute styles, but they support me as well as my running shoes!
 

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Are you wanting shoes or sandles??<br>
I was a faithfull lover of my birkies, but this year bought a pair of Mephistos and my feet are very happy (I have RA affecting my feet btw) I don't particularily like the look of them, but I love how comfy they are.<br>
As for shoes, I love my New Balance for the gym and my Rockports for actaully walking.
 

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If you'relooking for a "walking shoe" that sounds to me like a sneaker type. I'd go to a running store and asked to get fitted for a shoe that's right foryour body, your feet and your needs.<br>
If you want a sandal type... birks rock, so do mephisto. Danskos are my fave, but unfortunately it's easy to twist an ankle in them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I just want it to be a good shoe to walk in. I do a lot of walking, sometimes for fitness, but also just getting around town, taking ds to gymnastics down the street, walk to the grocery store, etc. I figure, regardless of whether I'm walking for fitness or walking from the parking lot to my son's classroom, I'm still walking, and should be wearing shoes that are meant for it. It would be nice if it was a sandle-type of shoe since it's warm weather now, and I HATE wearing sneakers, especially in the summer. I feel way too boxed in in sneakers. I also have bunions, and very narrow heels, so it's always a nightmare for me trying to find shoes that fit. The good thing about sandles is there are types that have separate adjusters for the front and back of the feet - like Tevas - but I need something a lot more supportive than Tevas.<br><br>
I also want to find some kind of slip-on type for working in the garden and around the house. In the garden I always wear these cheap-o flip-flops from Target and they're just awful. But I need something comfy I can just slip on just for garden and housework. KWIM? Oh my aching feet...<br><br>
thanks ladies...<br><br>
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I'm originally from Marin (yay!) and my 'rents still live there... my step-dad sometimes gets shoes from a store (can't remember the name, it's near Jennie Lows) in the Novato sprawl-mall Vintage Oaks. Sheesh, I have no idea if it's still there, but he has extremely sensitive feet needs and I bet they have all these brands and more!<br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
(Marin rawks!!!!)
 

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My favs are my Birks. And they make more than just sandals. They have ankle support ones, boots, dress shoes, etc. In fact, they even have a line for nurses, food service, etc (people who are on their feet all day). My birks are just about the only shoes I can walk around in all day and not be sore. Plus, they are sooo cute. I just got a pair of pink flowered ones. Definately worth the money. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> This winter I'm getting dh a pair of their boots and when he gets his teaching cert, a pair of the dress shoes.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Oh! They also make gardening shoes (clogs). They aren't made of the cork, leather, etc, so you can just rinse them off. They also have really cute flip flops, etc that are the same way.
 

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Zip over the Richmond bridge to REI on San Pablo in Berkeley. they always have an excellent selection of walking shoes and sandals. I'm hooked to my Chaco's which aren't necessarily walking shoes but they're way better than tevas and I wear them for everything.
 

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Oh yeah, REI rawks! But there's one in Marin now, too -- in Corte Madera. My friend works there in admin. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was just going to recommend Chaco's. I love mine and wear them all summer. I walk around town in them, run errands in them, wear them to garden, etc. They fit much better than any Teva's I ever had and like Teva's, they can be rinsed off if they get gross.
 

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Alexisyael - yeah, gotta love Marin! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> We live in Novato (and Jennie Low's is one of our favorite restaurants!) so I will definitely go over there and see if I can find a shoe store. And yes REI Corte Madera is where I got my Tevas. Might check them out too, though they have a pretty limited shoe selection. We are REI members and go there for all sorts of other needs.<br><br>
Maeva, thanks for the tip on Birks, after I read that I went to their website, and wow you're right they have a lot of styles. Their HQ is in Petaluma, just ten minutes from me.<br><br>
muse and gmvh, I've not heard of Chaco's and will check them out too.<br><br>
Nice to know there are so many options! My feet will thank you. Now I just have to figure out if any of them will fit my screwy feet.
 

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What kind of Teva's do you have? I feel like they have really, really advanced in the last few years in terms of really excellent support.<br><br>
I have Teva Stratums and they are soooo comfortable and offer excellent support. They also now make hicking and running sandals. The two styles are Kenetic and Circuit Leather. Here's a link to them:<br><br><a href="http://www.teva.com/Products.asp?d=1&g=women&sc=5%2C6%2C7" target="_blank">http://www.teva.com/Products.asp?d=1...n&sc=5%2C6%2C7</a><br><br>
I am just a really die hard Teva fan. I also looove Columbia. They have some EXCELLENT walkin/running sandals.
 

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I'm not sure what kind they are, but I know they are not the best kind. They were on sale two summers ago, and besides not being their top of the line sandal, I think they are also just worn out. I wore them a lot over the past two years and I think they have no support left in them. They are also sort of flat-soled, so no arch support.
 

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Birk sells yummy shoes too. Not just sandles.
 

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I bought these slides last year and they quickly became my favorite shoe:<br><a href="http://www.naturalizeronline.com/shop_online/item_detl.asp?CID=sandals&PID=limber" target="_blank">Limber Slides</a><br>
I also would recommend Soft Spots. They have some very well made comfortable but nice looking sandals and mules.
 

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Yeah, I can never wait to go back "home" -- Marin will always be that to me!
 
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