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sooooooo technically i start my third tri TOMORROW but who's counting.
in any event i am getting to the point where i can still get winter boots on but not without a lot of huffing and puffing and stumbling around our very narrow hallway and muttering under my breath. i will put them on if it's really necessary but i need something to throw on when i'm just, say, running two blocks away to the store or to pick up DD at my folks' or whatever. i was due in november with her, and it was a warm fall, so i could easily throw on a pair of flats or even flip flops for such short errands but this time i need something i can wear with socks.

i'm looking for something that fits these requirements:

* easy to get on
* can be worn with socks
* some arch support because my feet get really swollen without (well, who am i kidding, they swell at the end either way, but they feel better with some arch support)
* semi-cute
* not crazy expensive because i'll have to buy them a size bigger than my feet usually are and won't wear them again post-pregnancy

to give you a sense of what i like, i like things like converse chucks and have a pair of boot(ie?)s like this that i love and find very easy to put on but NEITHER of those have any arch support at all.

halp!
 

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Have you considerd the fuzzy crocs? they are super comfy and my feet never hurt after wearing them. I'm like you, I NEED arch support during pregnancy big time. Other wise I have a pair of slip on "boat shoes" like sperry's kind of and have an arch support added to them.

sorry if I'm no help mama!
 

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Have you considerd the fuzzy crocs? they are super comfy and my feet never hurt after wearing them. I'm like you, I NEED arch support during pregnancy big time. Other wise I have a pair of slip on "boat shoes" like sperry's kind of and have an arch support added to them.

sorry if I'm no help mama!
do you know what brand the boat shoes are?

okay, this is lame but i'm not sure if i could do crocs or clogs. they're just so not..."me" and i already feel like i'm down to the dregs of my wardrobe by the end of pregnancy and feeling very un-robina if that makes sense. it's a stupid psychological thing, and i'm still doing well right now but i know in a month or two i will be feeling like i'm wearing the same two things over and over and i think crocs might send me over the edge, lol. but thanks for the rec -- i will consider it.
 

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Have you considerd the fuzzy crocs? they are super comfy and my feet never hurt after wearing them. I'm like you, I NEED arch support during pregnancy big time. Other wise I have a pair of slip on "boat shoes" like sperry's kind of and have an arch support added to them.

sorry if I'm no help mama!
I was thinking the same thing. I'm not a big fan of crocks but i see the knock offs at target for much cheaper and they do look oh so comfy.
 

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everyone i know loooooooves their crocs so i feel like a a$^ being like "oh no, i can't do those, they're not me."
but even if i could get past that, ideally i would get something i could also wear to the occasional school meeting/class (so something casual to wear with jeans, but maybe not as casual as fuzzy crocs). since we are working on a 2-student income i want something a little more all-purpose.

but yeah when i told andy (dh) about fuzzy crocs he burst out laughing at the thought of me in them. thanks, dude.
 

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I've been thinking about the same thing. I have some fuzzy croc, and while they're very comfy, they're not always the right "look" for every occasion. I've been looking at getting something from Merrell. They have a lot of nicer sporty shoes that are slip on. I rarely have to dress up too much, but these would be a slightly nicer option than the crocs. Also, if you really want to invest in a good pair of shoes, you could look at some Daskos. I have a pair that still fit. They are wonderful. Both are a little more than you might want to spend, but thought I'd suggest anyway. Sometimes the online shoe stores or Famous Footwear/DSW have them cheap too. Hope that helps & good luck.
 

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I do know what you mean about crocs b/c friends of mine are the same way. AND I totally support you clinging to what's left of YOU during the last trimester (can't believe we are there tomorrow!).

Anyway, I'd check out sierratradingpost.com which has great shoe brands for great prices OR simpleshoes.com The boots on the front page are what I got last week and I'm happy with their cuteness and comfort factor.

That said, I seriously love a pair of Earth boots that are kind of like Uggs but not so much. Earth is a veggie brand and you can find them for good prices at planetshoes.com

Happy shopping
 

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I second earth shoes... they have a lot of slip on styles, great arch support and have great funky styles. Zappos has a lot of styles to choose from and also has good sale prices on them.
 

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I just got a pair of Emu boots-they're just like Uggs. They're having a HUGE sale on them at Macy's...regularly $140, I got them for $44.99. They are sooooo awesome.

I'm also getting a pair of Crocs maryjanes, which are on sale for 14.99 on the Crocs.com website right now.
 

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I just got a pair of Emu boots-they're just like Uggs. They're having a HUGE sale on them at Macy's...regularly $140, I got them for $44.99. They are sooooo awesome.

I'm also getting a pair of Crocs maryjanes, which are on sale for 14.99 on the Crocs.com website right now.

I'm so glad you posted this! I am off to look at the boots and will be buying some more beloved crocs maryjanes; I love them so
 

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i empathize with your dilemma! i know what i have isn't necessarily the best solution for you-pretty expensive and not super easy to get on-but frye harness boots have provided comfortable arch support and saved me from feeling super schlumpy which has felt important. my wintery boots are ll bean boots which definitely feel frumpy but work best in the snow. i always have issues with finding cute shoes-sandals are easy and boots are too but i find shoes often feel dorky. i used to wear dansko clogs but kept twisting my ankles in them and they look weird with skinnier jeans.
 

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I have 3 pair of Danskos I have been living in
they are the best for support/walking/standing and worth every penny. One is a linen clog, one is a sandal and the other slides. I wear socks with the first two.
 

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Maybe this is not the sort of idea you are looking for, but for me, I LOVE having a pair of insulated rubber boots. You know, the army green coloured ones? You slip 'em on and off and they protect your feet from slush and snow (we get LOTS of snow). There is no arch support, but a little insert would do the trick.

I can get a pair for $50 here. I walk the dog in them, shovel the walkway, go grocery shopping.... Anyway, just an idea.
 

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Going without winter boots would be pretty much impossible here so the idea of slipping on some fuzzy crocs makes me laugh and I don't veen mind my crocs - in summer.

I did have to find new boots though. I found the same problem. A lot of the easy to get on boots don't have support. I bought a pair of cheapo earth spirit boots and decent inserts for support. I just couldn't continue getting my supportive boots on my feet any longer!
 

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are all crocs comfy with good arch support? i could maybe splurge and do something like this.
Those are totally cute, and much more "me" than crocs too (I mean for me even, I rarely wear crocs unless I'm just too tired to slip something else on LOL). I can't say if they have a good arch or not though. The reason the crocs are good is because they squish down where the pressure is, so the ball and heal of your foot, leaving the support where the arch would be. yk?

I'm not sure what brand my slip on's are, I bought them in 2005 at a JCPenny clearance sale for less than $5 a pair and quickly realized that my arches were hurting and bought the inserts. May I also suggest that you just find any kind of slip on boat shoe sperry type thing and add the insert? I wouldn't personally spend the money on sperry's because they are oh so expensive, but the knock offs could work great with an insert?!?!?!
 

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These might be too winter-y for your needs, but I'm living in my Keen boots. I heart keens - I was told that if you have the right foot shape for keens, you become an enthusiast, and I guess that's me. I have high arches normally, walk A LOT (brooklyn_warbler, also in Bk!) and even though I first thought they looked funny, now don't care.

These I wear all winter - warm enough to not need socks, even: http://www.keenfootwear.com/product/...d/betty%20boot

They have a side zip, so not a full slip-on...If you're local, ShoeMania at US had them on sale for $50 recently...
 

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I just got a pair of Emu boots-they're just like Uggs. They're having a HUGE sale on them at Macy's...regularly $140, I got them for $44.99. They are sooooo awesome.

I'm also getting a pair of Crocs maryjanes, which are on sale for 14.99 on the Crocs.com website right now.

what's the arch support like on these?

thanks for all the recs ladies!! i will let you know what i end up with. d_lighted, thanks for the tip on shoemania.
 
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