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« on: May 12, 2010, 04:32:40 PM »
So I got these. They are very plain but pretty much everyday me, tobacco suede and extremely comfortable, moulded just for me, springy, good walkers, and with velcro fasteners. Now I can clomp about just about anywhere.

That is also the site I wanted to be able to get back to should I feel moved to get something more adventurous or glamorous at some point. At the moment, I'm just thinking I should have two pairs of these.
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2010, 05:23:04 PM »
Nice, I tried some of that line on but found the fit not quite right for me.

Still rocking the MBTS I bought last month.
http://www.walkingonacloud.ca/2653-Baridi-Silver.aspx
http://www.walkingonacloud.ca/2700-Sawa-Black-Patent.aspx

In fact, I am buying another pair this afternoon, but in black:
http://www.walkingonacloud.ca/2697-Panda-Anthracite.aspx

Also got these for wearing in the house:
http://www.walkingonacloud.ca/1685-Catalina-Silver.aspx

And these for when the weather improves:
http://www.walkingonacloud.ca/2904-Naide-Black-Disco.aspx

Needless to say, it's been costly but I find that my feet are worth it in a way I could never have imagined when i was younger and spending a fortune on stilettos.
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2010, 05:34:11 PM »
I remember a day when I used to be able to run up and down the subway stairs in three-inch heels. It just never occurred to me that that wasn't normal.

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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2010, 06:40:11 PM »
skdadl, those look very nice. I do like the fact that they have a bit of a heel. Rohde usually fit me well, as do Josef Seibel.

Funny how "comfort" varies in comfort shoes. I can see how the MBTs Antonia has bought would be good exercise, and some are well disguised as business shoes. But I've tried shoes like that and feel very unstable, moreover they would be pointless on the bicycle, and I always get around on bicycle here when there isn't snow. If walking in good weather, I'm most likely travelling, and that can be in very hilly cities (Perugia), very flat ones (Amsterdam) or many in-between. I have had Finn Comfort and like them very much - never had any Mephistos, they are beautifully made but some are too narrow in the front for me. I have some comfort sandals with a bit of a heel, but they are deep red patent leather, so they look nice on the bicycle or walking.

Antonia, costly but definitely worth it - you have colleagues who spend their pay on far less important things - not to mention harmful things like Margaret Wente's fucking SUV in TORONTO.

What is sad is that many, many people who need orthopedic shoes can't afford them and only a very few can have them covered by healthcare.

skdadl, if I had pots of money I'd have lady shoes made out of soft leather with a little tango heel. My favourite shoes I ever had were like that. Although I had them resoled, reheeled and professionally polished, eventually they went to shoe heaven. (Hey, I'm part of a calf! Where is the rest of me?)
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2010, 06:50:20 PM »
I understand what you mean by the instability, and would certainly not try them on a bike.

But I have to say that, it's true, you get a strengthening effect the more you wear them. I find that I am surer on my feet now.

BTW, a very skeptical male friend accompanied me to the store the other day when i bought the Mephistos and order the other pair of MBTs and he tried on a pair of MBTs. This is a guy who has had 3-4 surgeries on a once-shattered ankle. He LOVED them.
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2010, 11:23:52 PM »
Can't find them exactly right now but these are close. Two pairs. One in red suede, the other in brown. Soft like buttah, cushy and ultra-lightweight.
http://www.walkingonacloud.ca/670-Anissa-Black.aspx
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2010, 06:21:24 AM »
It hurts mine ankles just to look at those ...

I think the Liz Creams (scroll down, look right) by Rohde are kind of amusing, but I'm not sure about the compression factor, especially in summer. Oh, I become so sloppy in summer.

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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2010, 08:00:56 AM »
Drat, I have work to do. Now you've got me poring over SHOES.

Has anyone tried the Keens? They have a more sporty look - I know some people who swear by them as funky walking shoes.
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2010, 09:13:21 AM »
I like these very much. The ankle strap might be a little high for me though.

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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2010, 10:19:49 AM »
Those are very pretty - nice urban walking sandals - but I'd want to try them on. Problem with most of those shoes, unless they are a similar style by a brand I'm comfy in.
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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2010, 04:41:58 PM »
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It hurts mine ankles just to look at those ...

I was stunned by how unhigh they felt. But that isn't the style anyway. The actual ones are lower, have not much height due to the platform and just look at that cushy sole!

These are them, exactly. I bought them in red and brown: http://www.footwearetc.com/Clarks/Harwich-Sailor-Red-Suede.html
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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2010, 06:50:13 PM »
Those are groovy, and the incline isn't that high -- the heel is a bit of an illusion. O' course, I could fall off ...  Very nice red.

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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2010, 09:09:53 AM »
I have  a pair of Keens that I have found fantastic - the only shoes I don't have to wear my orthotics in.   I have no idea if they are attractive - I suspect not given R's response to them.

In my marriage I have come to realize that shoes are a strange and terrible place.  I truly do not understand shoes in the way some people do.
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2010, 10:04:10 AM »
Yes, some people do have the "fashion bug" more than others. Of course socialisation of men and women is a factor, as is culture in general, but not the only one.

I thought the Keens were kind of cute.

I wouldn't be caught DEAD in white jogging/athletic shoes unless I were actually training. Funny, I don't consider myself a fashionista at all, but those have too much baggage. Boorish North American? Dunno. But I don't care if other people do.

Funny, when I was in Italy my male friends seemed more shoeaholic than the female ones. Perhaps because the female ones, as good feminists, were reacting against la bella bambina - but they sure wouldn't wear white trainers in public (aka while not doing sport or exercise) either.
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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2011, 11:39:18 AM »
Has anyone seen Wörishofer orthopedic sandals? No, not because they are trendy, but because some of the styles actually look quite decent, and very comfy. http://www.slate.com/id/2259821/

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