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4/21/11 4:12 P

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I love Birkenstock's. They definitely fit a wider foot. They are an expensive shoe, but I think my feet are worth it. But.... to find good bargains, I'd try eBay - used - oftentimes Birk's don't work for everyone, so they end up selling them. Plus they last a VERY long time, so your cents per mile is pretty good. A couple of good websites: www.footprints.com. Get on their mailing list and you'll get catalogs with their clearance and seconds. Also Sierra Trading Company.

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4/1/11 3:40 P

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Terri, Thank you for all the information. Wow..$116!!! Yikes! I looked up Big 5 Sports and unfortunately there are none of those even close to my area. I may see if I can find some New Balance shoes before too long (on a big sale, hopefully). I'll have to find a location in my area that sells them. Thank you again. :)

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4/1/11 3:30 P

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CAROLINAGIRL, I went to Big 5 sports and found a wide selection of NEW BALANCE shoes. Not all of their shoes are made here in the U.S. so you have to check the labels. Most of the prices were between $29 and $40 as they were having a sale, but all of those were made offshore. The ONE pair of made-in-U.S. women's shoes were $116!!!! That's the difference between foreign and domestic labor costs, I'm sure.

I checked the men's shoes and found a pair that worked even better and it was only $53, so that's what I bought. I know that I will pay a bit more when they are made here, but I don't thing it has to be that much more :o/

You can get some insoles that will help keep your toes in place, but it sounds like you are where I was before I had surgery. I will say that their procedures have improved over the years and they know a lot more than a generation ago. I'm not in a hurry to have my other foot done, but it isn't nearly as bad as my left one was.

You could ease up on your feet by using a recumbent bike too. That's still a really good workout; however, walking is my favorite exercise too, so I know what you mean. The feet really take a beating, though~

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4/1/11 2:58 P

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Terri, I am interested in hearing of what you learn. I also have a problem with bunions on both feet, more prominent on my left foot. My toe next to the big toe on my left foot is now crossing over the top of my big toe when I put my shoes on. My right foot is headed in the same direction, I'm afraid. On top of this, I also suffer from Plantar Fasciitis in my left foot, my right foot now showing the same signs. Needless to say, walking is painful, but it's my chosen form of exercise and I am pushing through the pain to get this weight off, in hopes that when I do lose the weight, the pain will severely lessen.

My dad also has the same problem with bunions and had surgery on his left foot. After seeing the trouble he still has after his surgery, I'm opting to not even go that route.

If you find some comfortable, inexpensive, made in USA shoes, please share with me because I would love to try them, myself!

I spent over $100 on S.A.S shoes a few years ago and they didn't make my feet feel any better than what I could have bought from payless. So, I don't particularly think price has everything to do with comfort and I said then that I'll never spend an enormous amount on a pair of shoes again.

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3/20/11 7:49 P

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TerriJ7,
take a look at this webpage:
http://birthdayshoes.com/tuck-s-shoes
They are made in the US and if they last a long time might very well qualify as frugal.

I know there is other, similar options out there among minimalist shoes.

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3/20/11 5:42 P

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I'm so glad I saw this thread! It has lead me to do a search for shoes "Made in USA" which is something I've been meaning to do for some time. I have wide feet, bunions from wearing crappy shoes, and have had surgery on one foot because of the deformity the bunions were causing. It even hurt to go barefoot! Now I am pain-free, but cannot wear most shoes that I try on. I need to have plenty of width across the ball (toes) on my feet and laces or buckles that will adjust across my high instep.

I am going to pursue this search for my next pair of walking/jogging shoes, but I am going to try to buy something that is made HERE in the US! I think it's time we stopped supporting the companies who don't support our own economy. New Balance seems to have the right idea, but I have only barely begun to research this.

In the past, I've bought men's shoes for the width with good results.

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3/19/11 9:50 A

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I checked out Joe's New Balance and the really did have great prices. I decided to try a pair on at a store before I ordered a pair to make sure I got the right size. I ended up finding a pair of New Balance @ Sears on Clearance for $29.99! They feel sooooooo good on my feet. Thanks everyone for all the suggestions!




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3/17/11 8:25 A

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I wear a narrow show. I usually cannot find cheap shoes because I thought they only come in wide. Hmmmm. Maybe they don't fit anybody.

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3/16/11 9:18 A

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My favorite websites for discounts on running shoes are Joe's New Balance (especially if you have very wide or very narrow feet - Joe's gets clearance and overstock items) and Running Warehouse

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3/16/11 6:49 A

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New Balance makes a wide range of widths. They're not cheap, but I would try them on locally and then order them online in the future.

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3/15/11 11:16 P

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I shop at DSW. I buy mens running shoes. I get a coupon for $5.00 every year for my birthday and I shop in the clearance section. My podiatrist told me to buy Nike so I got a pair of Nike running shoes for $33.00 and they were originally $70.00. I wear a size 10 and womens running shoes do not fit as well.


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3/15/11 10:49 P

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I wear men's tennis shoes and sandals since I have a wide, square foot and women's shoes even in wide are just not comfortable. I really don't care what people think-comfort is my main objective and I find the men's shoes are usually cheaper too.

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3/15/11 3:05 P

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Shoes are one area I do not skimp on! I have two pairs of flats for work that cost more than $100 each, but I don't care... they are high quality and since I am not into fashion, they will last me for years. Plus, they are extremely comfortable!

I run about 50 miles per week, so I also don't skimp on running shoes. I do buy the kind I like online - I look for them on clearance and usually get a good discount.

For anything like silly going out shoes, I will go to Payless. They always hurt my feet, but I figure it's fine for a couple hours during the once in a blue moon I need to wear "fancy" shoes.

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3/15/11 1:26 P

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Here's what you can do to save both the expense of the podiatrist and the cost of expensive shoes: join the growing barefoot/minimalist shoe movement.
I just ran my first half-marathon in $15.00 shoes. I've run for a year and never had any soreness. For more info about about how running shoes are worse for your feet the more expensive they are check out chapter 25 of the book "Born to Run" (from the library) or look online.
Going barefoot or with very flat shoes without padding or arch support will strengthen the muscles in your lower legs and feet and it works great in several sports where people routinely don't wear shoes like gymnastics, martial arts and ballet.

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3/15/11 11:24 A

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I am not frugal when it comes to my feet. I put them through a lot of abuse since I run and I'm on them all day. I have wide feet too, but very short feet. I wear a girl's size 3 shoe, sometimes a 2. I go to a really good store and get a good running shoe every 500 miles that I run. I wear a good supportive shoe for the rest of the time. I love cute flip flops and sandals, but if I wear them, it's only for a short period of time. I've spent a lot of $$$ at the podiatrist to make up for my buying cheap Wal-mart shoes, so I've learned my lesson.

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3/15/11 11:12 A

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I have Fred Flinstone feet. LOL My sister does too. She wears sandals everywhere, even to church.
I like to have my shoes at least look occasion appropriate.
For tennis shoes, I generally wear men's. Boots too.
For a bit dressier, I hit Payless. Sometimes the wide isn't wide enough, but some brands the wide is perfect. Also, try a size up for a better fit in some styles. Between clearance & the 40% off when the style first arrives(better then the BOGO sales), you should be able to get some shoes for around $10 a pair.


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3/15/11 10:52 A

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I don't have wide feet, but I bought a pair of men's work boots several years ago and they were definitely wider around the front of the foot. The rest of the boot fit like usual.

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3/15/11 10:40 A

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Unless I'm buying something special (like running shoes) that I feel it's worth it to buy new, I usually go to thrift stores and buy them used. There's one a few blocks from me that sells all their shoes, no matter what condition they're in, for only $2! I bought three pairs of pretty sandals in excellent condition for only $6!

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3/15/11 10:34 A

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Have you tried Zappos.com? They have large sizes in a variety of prices. I haven't bought from them, but many of my friend's do. Google "Zappo's coupons" for discounts. Shipping is free, even for returns.

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3/15/11 9:38 A

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Anyone out there find cheap shoes that come in wide width and don't hurt? I'm actually thinking of trying men's shoes. I think they're made wider than women's shoes. I have big feet anyway... A solid foundation I like to call it :)




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