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Good Tourist Shoes

Folks,

I'm going to visit friends in a few weeks who live in a city full of interesting things to look at and listen to. The problem is, my feet tend to hurt -- quite a lot -- when I go tromping across concrete, staying still for long periods and looking at things, being part of a standing-room-only crowd, and so on. I'm hoping it's just bad shoes and not anything actually to do with my feet, about which I otherwise have few complaints.

So my question is: what kind of shoes should I look for, for a visit that will probably involve a fair bit of wandering around and looking at things? Since this will be a North American city in April, they need to be winter shoes and probably weather-resistant shoes.

Thanks very much,

NP

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kalleah
Mar. 21st, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
I hope I have some good advice, because my feet are awful. I've got a curved second metatarsal (more prominently in my left foot) which over the years has resulted in stress fractures, calcium deposits, and nerve damage. I had to do a lot of PT in my teens to learn how to walk again. So, suffice to say I'm picky about shoes.

I just bought two pairs of Easy Spirit anti-gravity sandals and I adore them. The anti-gravity line has a ton of choices, too. Mine are similar to these although not quite since I got mine at the outlet so presumably they're an older style. They are divine - soft and springy, with excellent support. I've done a full day's walking with errands (malls, stores, etc. so mostly hard surfaces) with no problems. Standing is also just fine. They're a delight.

Beyond that, the other preferred shoes I have are all Merrells of some variety, but they're a lot more expensive. I tend to have only a few shoes, usually multiple colors of a style that I know I'm comfortable with.

Edited at 2011-03-21 09:46 pm (UTC)
np_complete
Mar. 22nd, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
I've heard of Merrells. I remember that papilio_luna bought some just before heading to Great Britain.

Some Googling showed that a shopping center right near me has a store that sells Merrells. (I think I'll need to be fitted, so I was looking for a store.) When I feel better I'll check it out.

Do you have any advice re loafers vs. lace-ups, etc?
kalleah
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
I generally prefer slip-on styles, but that's entirely personal preference. The first thing I do when I get home is take my shoes off.

My hiking boots are obviously lace-ups. My only advice about slip-ons is that if you get a pair of shoes with straps, get a kind that has more than one point of contact. Hard to describe but let me try - I had a comfy pair of flat sandals that had velcro straps that met over the top of my foot. They never stayed stuck. I'll always get a pair now where the strap cinches on the side and then goes back over the foot to attach, a la my new Easy Spirit sandals.
capemaynuts
Mar. 24th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Don't forget the option of putting in shoe inserts. "Gells" can be very helpful. Also, which N.A. city in April will you be visiting? I live right outside NYC and we've been known to have 90+ degrees in April, and then the next day snow. Heck, its only March and Friday was in the 70s and yesterday we had 5 inches of snow........
np_complete
Mar. 24th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Also, which N.A. city in April will you be visiting?

Toronto. You make a good point. I'll inquire as to the likely variability of the weather. After all, I never thought of our weather down here as being particularly volatile (other than alternating rain/shine whenever least convenient). But we had snow flurries today, and Tuesday it was 70 degrees ...

I will buy some shoes for walking before I go, I think, because I really don't have any, just some worn-out gym shoes and some ersatz hiking boots. But I will test-drive them before I go, and invest in inserts if necessary.

Thanks!
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