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needing some help with comfy shoes..
High Arches small heels= comfy shoes, right?
Jennifer shaw
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Date: 3/4/07 2:36 PM

Greetings- I need to find some attractive and comfy shoes to replace my older Eccos, that are too frumpy looking.

I would prefer shoes that would look great with slacks and skirts for my Summer trip to Italy and Great Britain. Please suggest brands that are great for high arches. ( that is my biggest bone of contention, with my very average sized feet)

Thanks!

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Date: 3/4/07 2:57 PM

I have to try on shoes, but for my size 8 feet with narrow heels I like:

Reiker
Clarks
Josef Seibel
Merrells

The lastest shoes that I have bought but not worn much yet are Munros. They are classy an comfy.

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Date: 3/4/07 3:19 PM

Go to zappos.com and look up styles and read the reviews.
Fitzwell, MIA are two I like. I just found a pair of Audrey Hepburn flats, MIA that everyone says are very comfortable and stylish.
In alot of the ballet flats, surprizingly few are very comfortable, but these are and are only $60; MIA.
I just got some killer platforms patent leathers from TJ Maxx for only $39, by Jessica Simpson. Very comfortable and steady for high they are! I think they look like Christian L's!

Oh, sketchers, they have very comfortable ballet flats, they are everywhere...famousfootwear, amazon...about $45. Casualwear.
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Date: 3/4/07 3:33 PM

Check out Mephesto....great foot support...they make a thong that is better than any walking shoe I have worn.

Don't give up on Eccos -- check out the whole line at Zappos, there might be something that fits the bill.

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Date: 3/4/07 4:14 PM

I am a big fan of Wolky, a Dutch line. I've tromped all over the cobblestones of France in this brand, and found that it tends to have, overall, somewhat higher arch support than my Mephistos (although I love them, too).

Wolky is a curious brand. For one thing, they have a dead straight last, unlike Ecco, which, for many of their shoes, uses quite a curved last. Anyhow, the straight last works better for me. For another thing, they have a consistently high level of support under the metatarsals, which allows me to wear them in comfort for literally hours. I find that a number of comfort shoes, such as Josef Seibel, are a little short-changed in this area.

For a summer trip, check out reviews for the Wolky sandals called "Weave," "Kite," and "Loire." I think you'll see that most reviews say they have medium to excellent arch support.

One more thing: If you find a shoe you absolutely love, but it doesn't have quite the arch support you crave, many shoe stores sell little "arch cookies" made of orthopedic felt. These cookes have an adhesive backing, so you try them in various positions under your arch, and when you find the right spot, chalk in the outline of the cookie, peel off its adhesive backing, and stick it down. I can testify that these babies work!

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Date: 3/4/07 4:26 PM

I have high arches and Mephistos (though expensive) work exceptionally well, as do Danskos and Ecco (but these are so variable from style to style). Zappos and Shoebuy.com both have free shipping both ways so order what interests and return.

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Date: 3/5/07 10:45 AM

Wolkys are very comfortable and have good arch support, but you might have trouble with the width of the heel. Try the styles that have heel straps that can be adjusted.

Riekers don't have as much support as you would think. I find the cushioning to be not enough for walking on pavement.

Birkenstocks have good arch support (and everywhere else), and some of their sandal styles are good looking.

You could also check our Earth Shoes, which I find remarkably comfortable and surprisingly stylish.

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Date: 3/5/07 10:52 AM

Munros work best for me. They come in narrow sizes, have good arch support, and plenty of cushioning.

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Date: 3/5/07 3:29 PM

I have high arches, veeeeeeeery narrow heel and a narrow foot. I have a pair of airosoles that are incredibly comfy.

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Date: 3/5/07 5:20 PM

I love Arche shoes. http://www.arche-shoes.fr/arche/Home.html They are usually suede have a flexible sole, come in funky styles and great colours.

The catch is that they are very expensive.

I justify buying them by the fact that they are often on my feet rather than just decorating the wardrobe like less comfortable and less expensive shoes.

ETA sorry I can't get clikable links to work since the Windows Explorer update.
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