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the most comfortable shoes you have ever worn
if you have truly problem feet and legs--as in arthritis, fibromyalgia etc.
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Date: 6/12/13 11:04 AM

Would love others' leads. I have very skinny feet, no fatty padding to speak of, and also very touchy tendons in toes, ankles etc., plus so-so knees. Soft and flexible soles are a must and what other people (salesmen anyway) call "flexible" isn't my idea of flexible. In addition I need enough room for an orthotic.

Orthotic-friendly shoes are often rigid on purpose, though they have good toe room and extra depth.

Currently I have worn every day for a year and a half a pair of brown suede lace-up sneakers or walking shoes, a several-year-old model by Easy Spirit. The sole is made out of something that looks as if it would NEVER have lasted this long, but it did. That's how soft and almost pillowy the sole is. You can poke your nail into it and leave a dent. It looks as if you could grab it and pull a chunk out of it. The forefoot is very flexible. I can fit my orthotics and one or two layers of the archless version of Spenco insoles, which I like even better than silicone. With all that--I am mobile. With knowing how to sew and accepting my lot in life--I have lots of brown pants and skirts, some tan, which make the shoes look like a reasonable choice that someone might even have made who didn't have my issues.

Would, though, love some other shoes and wondered (inspired by the over-60 thread . . . tho' I am under 50, barely . . . ) if anyone could describe their favorite, most-comfortable, better-looking shoes and say WHAT is comfortable about them? (Since that may be different for others.) And say where they can be bought?

Thanks!
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Date: 6/12/13 11:23 AM

My go to shoes have always been the walking shoe from Reebok. Never have any trouble with feet etc when I wear these. I'm currently using a knock off and you can tell the difference.

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Date: 6/12/13 11:36 AM

I am ashamed to say that in the two years since I discovered Croc's Patricia sandal, I have worn little else. http://www.crocs.com/crocs-patricia/10386,default,pd.html

Don't believe people who tell you that you can't go to dress-up evening performances at Lincoln Center/ Metropolitan Opera House in them. They lie.

PS: Skinny, bony feet with long flexible arches love these sandals.

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Date: 6/12/13 11:48 AM

I really like many (but not all) of the Born shoes. I can often find them at the Nordstrom Rack, if there is one near you. The best have very nice soft padding that I find to be cushioning and comfortable, and also absorbent.

Many people swear by Danskos. Those I haven't had such luck with, and sold the ones I had on ebay.
ETA: wait, sorry, these would probably not work with orthotics.... sorry....
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Date: 6/12/13 11:52 AM

Croc sandals won't work with orthotics either, but my theory is that if the shoe is right, you don't NEED the orthotics.

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Date: 6/12/13 12:06 PM

I've had really good luck with Merrill sandals, thong-type but not at all like a flip-flop. The support structure is great, somewhat like an athletic shoe.

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Date: 6/12/13 12:26 PM

I have arthritis and fibromyalgia, but I have wide flat feet. Due to the touchy-ness of my feet, I don't do well in lace up shoes. Clogs, sandals, and loafers work best because they can be slipped off to relive pain. My favorite brands are Dansko, Born, Naot, fitflops, and Ecco. Every pair of shoes gets a set of these arch supports which stay put and play nice with sandals. For athletic shoes, look for an independent shoe store that offers orthotic fitting. You should expect to pay for the fitting and any inserts that are permanently added to your shoes. Yes, buying shoes is expensive and time-consuming, but the reduction of foot pain is well worth the price.
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Date: 6/12/13 12:51 PM

Fly Flot. Even in "COMFORT" SHOES, they are in a class by themselves. Some alchemy of cushion and stretchiness, but be warned these are not attractive shoes.
Get the job done though.
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Date: 6/12/13 1:00 PM

My go to shoe for yard work has become my every day shoe. The also are Easy Spirit. I have added a heal pad, probably Dr. Scholls.

I also have a very old pair of ES sandals.

I don't work, so I pretty much wear whatever is the most comfortable with fashionable being an option not needed.

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Date: 6/12/13 1:47 PM

Rainspa, Fly Flot has a Mary Jane that by my standards isn't bad! I'm trying it--free shipping, free return shipping, and the sole MIGHT be squishy, plus, it was reviewed as good for wide toe area--narrow heel and that is me to a T.

Thank you EVERYONE and I hope this will be a terrific resource for others. More ideas welcome!

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