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I need a really good pair of sneakers for work. Well, I say sneakers... that's just an assumption. Basically I need the most comfortable, durable pair of shoes I can get that will keep my feet from aching and have enough cushion and bounce that endless walking back and forth all day on concrete doesn't kill my joints as much. I'm one of those people for whom LOW IMPACT makes a big difference, so horribly screwed up are my knees.

I've been coming home nearly limping, not really sleeping at all because of the pain in my leg joints, and I can't even stand and put my hands on the floor with my legs straight anymore becuase of how much strain the muscles are in because they've been compensating for the joints... and I'm a really flexible person, so that's just wrong and very very bad.

So... does anyone have any suggestions?
I kind of like the sketchers I've seen, but I dunno if they're really going to do the job. I'm not worried about cute as much as I am about functional... though I'd prefer they not be ass ugly. Any of you joggers or really into sports or something? Anyone have joint issues and can give me some suggestions as to what the hell to do?
I mean.. this is really really bad. I've had knee problems for years and it's never been this bad unless I actively did something stupid to mess them up. I thought I'd just get used to it... but I'm not.
Shoes are part of the problem. I have crappy "hiking" sneakers, which are good for the ankle support (I do a lot of crouching), but left blisters on my feet and I have low vans that are generally comfy, but death on my ankles and just don't have the bounce that I need for the sort of walking I do.

I dunno man... help.
suggestion.
por favor.

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subbes
Sep. 3rd, 2002 11:09 am (UTC)
Birkenstocks.
maddening
Sep. 3rd, 2002 11:35 am (UTC)
Hmm.. maybe something I could afford with one paycheck would be nice. Over $200 is a bit much for a pair of workshoes, and looking at their site, that's about what I'd pay for an appropriate pair of birkenstocks.
I can't exactly wear clogs or sandals.

They *do* like very nice though.
subbes
Sep. 3rd, 2002 11:46 am (UTC)
$200? You're being ripped off. Try closer to $80 for a pair of shoes that will probably last you forever.

It's a pity birkenstock don't do more practical shoes.
maddening
Sep. 3rd, 2002 12:55 pm (UTC)
Tell that to the people who put the prices on their site.
I didn't go through the whole thing, but for something that would be appropriate for what I need (and there isn't much there, it's mostly boots) the MSRP was $239.00.

I paid $120 for the pair of docs I got when I was 14 and I still wear them a lot. The uppers are in great shape, there is a little wear on the center of the sole, but nothing that leaves me skidding. They were worth it, for sure.

I dunno. There's a birkenstock outlet here. When I'm out looking around I'll stop in there and see what they have. Maybe they aren't as prohibitively expensive and maybe there'll be something that doesn't look like it was made for a granola-eating yuppie weekend warrior wank.

punkalicia
Sep. 3rd, 2002 11:22 am (UTC)
sketchers aren't half bad, at least some of them, anyway.

however, one thing i HIGHLY recommend is a gel insert for your shoes. even now, before you buy new shoes. i got a dr scholls heel insert, and OH MY has it helped a lot. i get alot of foot and back pain if i'm on my feet, and those inserts fucking ROCK. i've actually worn holes in them...

when i was jogging, i really really really liked saucony running shoes.

when i was doing retail, i was retarded and wore shitty shoes. but a cross trainer would probably be the best for ankle and foot support. and i'd get 2 pairs of you like them, so you can rotate them. they say good for your feet MUCH MUCH longer that way.

oh yeah, get good socks too. i *heart* thorlo socks. you will too, if you get them.
maddening
Sep. 3rd, 2002 11:42 am (UTC)
If memory serves, I had gel inserts once before and they *were* really damned nice. Good idea. And the socks, I found that those were important awhile ago. For cheap little socks I like Peds. They're really really thick and cushy and they don't slip or bunch up if your shoes move on your feet.

I'll look into the socks and the shoes. Sank oo.
robonun
Sep. 3rd, 2002 08:09 pm (UTC)
The best socks I've ever worn were (I'm not gloating, honest!) the ones I knitted for myself. Find someone who can knit some for you and ask nicely for a fingering weight or sport weight 70% wool/30% nylon blend (any season but summer) or 70/30 cotton/nylon (summer). Your feet will thank you.
akadashi
Sep. 4th, 2002 04:19 pm (UTC)
Mephisto. You forget you have feet when you wear those things. Unfortunately, they're pretty expensive (and worth every penny), but Ecco makes really good comfort / support shoes that are still pretty stylin' and usually cost considerably less than a pair of Mephistos. Same goes for NAOT.

Unfortunately, the Mephisto website doesn't seem to show the full line of available styles, but any comfort-shoe-oriented shop nearby should be able to help you. I usually get mine from Comfort One locally, and there are plenty of vendors online that sell those brands (a My Simon search pulled up tons of results).




P.S. Not gay.
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