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Shoes for old heels

Monday, July 01, 2019

For those who have "on your feet all day" jobs, what are the best shoes for work? Previously I've been wearing Danskos, which I like quite a bit and seem to keep my feet ache free at work, but then on my off days I've been getting super achy heels. I've been looking for a way to alleviate the heel pain I'm having. Of course, the internet steers you in opposing directions when you ask it a question, so it's no help.

Today I tried on some Klogs, which are similar to Danskos, but seem to have a more kushy insole, so I bought them. Who knows if they'll be helpful with the heel deal...like I said, they seem mighty similar to Danskos. A friend of mine suggested going to an orthopedic shoe place where they take a mold of your foot and design a special insole customized for you and then you have to pick shoes from their selection for the insole to go in. It sounds like a nice idea, except I'm not a fan of having to buy shoes I may not like the look of or may not go with anything in my business casual wardrobe I have for work. If I'm going to put money into something I'll be wearing regularly, I have to like the way it looks and it has to be versatile. That's non-negotiable. And while the lace up tennis shoes work great for my friend who did this, they would not be a work option for me.

Other brands of shoes that have been recommended that I've tried are Clarks, SAS, Grasshoppers and Sketchers. They all seem great, but are not quite right for my feet for all day. And while I'd love to just throw on a pair of Nikes, like I said, they just don't work at all with dress pants or skirts. There is a brand that seems like a popular choice according to google, called Alegria....has anyone tried them?

Anyway, I'm looking for recommendations...what works for you?
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  • MARYJEANSL
    Heel pain is usually caused by plantar fasciitis. I had severe heel pain when I was working at a grocery store, on my feet for six hours at a time. It was really bad, but, true to form, I did nothing about it except try to stretch out my heel cords. About six months after the grocery store job ended, my heel pain was completely gone, and hasn't returned. I did have an ankle x-ray some years later, for an unrelated problem, and they saw that I had a heel spur. Oddly enough, said heel spur (and I would bet that I have them on both feet, but only one was x-rayed) has never bothered me.

    You can buy various devices to help with plantar fasciitis, things that hold your ankle at a 90° angle while you sleep, and they probably do help. Comfortable shoes are also important, especially if you have no choice but to be on your feet. I used SAS shoes when I was at the grocery store, and I did find them comfortable, but, as I said, the pain didn't go away until I no longer had to stand on my feet for hours.

    My feeling is that you should find the shoes that are most comfortable for you, consistent with being appropriate for work, and try them. Inserts may also be a good idea - I have never tried them personally - but I think the most important thing is that you find the shoes comfortable.
    38 days ago
  • LADYPJAY
    I did finally get orthotics that I wear. I did not have to buy the shoes from the doctor's office. I would, but they are pricey and not all attractive. I can wear my inserts in my New Balance sneakers. Now I know you can't wear those at work, but you can take the inserts and fit them in other shoes. They are only things that have allowed me to actually walk well in years. I have plantar faciitis that flares up, but with the inserts I can walk. The doctor told me to not go barefoot even at home. This is hard for me, but I do try to wear Dr. Scholl's sandals, not the slip-on ones but ones with a heel strap. Shoes that make me grip with my toes for too long set me off. So flip-flops are to be worn for short periods of time, even though they seem so comfortable. Clarks and Skechers have some good ones. I have not tried VIONICs but I have heard good things.
    50 days ago
  • GARDENCHRIS
    Sketchers have black lace up shoes
    51 days ago
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    52 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    Ever since going through the heel pain last year, and "heeling" (sic) from it, there is a vulnerability in my feet with shoes and possible recurring pain. So I've had to donate many beautiful pairs that I cannot wear any longer, even though they are flat. Unless they have the right support, I start feeling the twinges warning me of danger ahead. Very hard to predict what's gonna work well for each person.
    52 days ago
  • BEACHCOMBER16
    Good luck. It is really hard for me to find less casual shoes that are comfortable too. I have some black slip on Sketchers that are not like tennis shoes, but I see that is already on your list.
    52 days ago
  • LOF7203
    Thanks for sharing
    52 days ago
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