DRDEADLIFT-I was thinking about your foot condition and it occurred to me that you might benefit from wearing Vibram's Five Fingered Shoes. They are made like gloves, with a separate "finger" for each toe. This takes the compression out of the shoe, like a normal shoe. My wife loves them and even wears them to work. She's a pharmacist and no one ever sees her feet behind the counter. A friend who teaches Kung Fu had all of his students get them and his wife, who is a psychologist loves them too. You can ever wear them for rowing on an erg or on water as they are washable. On the West Coast they are sold by REI and should be fitted in store. The other type of stores that carry them are camping speciality stores. They have a Vibram sole to protect the bottom of your feet, but give the freedom and comfort of being barefoot.