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GWEGNER SparkPoints: (4,449)
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2/26/13 12:34 P

Great topic!
I purchase a lot from FOOT SMART online as they have a great variety of footwear. I found Propet it a great brand, but will sometimes purchase them off of Amazon for cheaper.

I have been walking a lot and need a new pair - time to go shopping agian! emoticon

SARAHMO4 Posts: 336
2/26/13 12:29 P

Skechers work well and certain styles of Reeboks or their other pricier brand, Rockport work well. I can buy regular and dont always need wide-width in their brand. Look online or find an outlet store. Tanger Outlet Center is nationwide and theirs one near where my mom lives.They have a lot of name brand stores with cheaper prices than other stores. The stores vary by location, all in all, they have almost everything I need. I would try them for shoes after you figure out what kind you need.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 951
2/25/13 9:56 P

At my heaviest I pretty much only wore Sketchers or Adidas. I found them comfortable and had plenty of cushion. You experience may vary, but you can always try them and return them if they don't work for you.

SUSAN727 Posts: 1,881
2/25/13 4:20 P

Wow! That's a great review. My feet are more narrow thru the ankles and heels and wider at the front of the foot so its hard to find a good fit for me also.

BOPPY_ SparkPoints: (146,921)
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2/25/13 1:14 P

Comfortable shoes vary widely by individual even if they wear the same general size and shape.


I wear 13 EEEE - 13 EEEEEE, depending on brand and model, and most often the largest width of a particular shoe from a brand or model of either width designation did/does not fit. In the days before the Internet, I tried to buy my shoes on business trips from Fred Meyer. In fact, the men's shoe department manager used to call my cell phone whenever they got a shipment of shoes that (a) he knew would fit me, and (b) he thought I would like.

Additionally, I not only need width, I need depth as well. And, I have bunions. I had a bunionectomy on the left foot, and it improved things, but not nearly enough to justify the pain, recovery and expense of surgery. Moreover, despite assurances from the podiatrist that this would permanently fix the problem, the foot that had the surgery has gotten somewhat worse—but not as bad as it was prior to surgery.

(My younger brother who has similar problems with his feet has passed on the surgery as a consequence, and I have decided not to have the surgery on the right foot.)

I have also tried orthotics, but the depths problem has always made orthotics more trouble than help.

In the mean time, I've lost 110 pounds (in 89 weeks) and shrunk in height 2.5 inches (in 3 years). While my feet are slightly less wide, the general information about size, I gave, is still accurate.


I have tried Sketchers. I liked them early on. Later models have proven too narrow, and not providing enough support. They also have a bit of an authoritarian streak in terms of how they treat feedback online. I found this extremely distasteful. (That is a euphemism, that they do not deserve! Enough said.)


I have had the best luck with Propet, but even with Propet, I've had some problems with quality and usability. Some examples include:

* Tongues on some models are too short to keep them from slipping towards the toe, or bunching up.
* Different shoes from the same model—some will get separation of the sole from the last, or the lamina of the soles will separate from each other.
* They have no idea how to implement Velcro closures.
* The shoe laces they provide with their shoes suck. They bunch up and unravel in the middle. I always buy separate laces and replace them.

But, they fit, they are extremely light for their size, if you get a pair without defect, they last and last, and look good (or, as good as a huge, semi-athletic shoe can look). I have four pairs!

New Balance

When I was still able to run, and play ball (up to age 55), I exclusively wore New Balance. They had the widest size/length availability, and you could buy them from the “factory” (warehouse!) in MA. But, then, they started to increase the height of the sole along the arch (for better support, and to prevent ankle rollover) and that made the shoes much less forgiving to my bunions.

BTW, I share my “lovely” foot characteristics with my mother and brother; so clearly there is a strong genetic component, here.

In brief, caveat oddpoditor. emoticon


Edited by: BOPPY_ at: 2/25/2013 (13:29)
BRANDIW7 SparkPoints: (37,523)
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2/25/13 12:31 P

I love the Skechers Go Walk shoes! They are extremely comfortable, and the only shoe that I can really wear when I walk. In every other shoe that I have tried, my toes go numb after about 3/4 of a mile, but with the Go Walks, I never have any discomfort or numbness.

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2/24/13 7:15 P

I've heard amazing things about Skechers' new line of athletic shoes, glad to hear they're working for you so far! (In fact, I'm pretty sure my next pair of running shoes is going to come from their GoRun line.)

SUSAN727 Posts: 1,881
2/24/13 5:35 P

I bought Skechers "Go Walking" to wear at work and today they felt better than the Asics even tho they're not really a sneaker.

I'm sure the Asics will be fine by summer.


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2/24/13 5:28 P

I love Asics that what I wear and I'm a short big person and I work on concrete all day. They have gel in them.

2/24/13 3:37 P

I am not sure that more cushion in your shoes will be to your benefit. The greater the cushion or padding the harder you need to step to get a proper feel for the surface. People who are on their feet all day such as police officers do not depend on super cushioning in their shoes. they tend to wear very stout shoes with somewhat rigid soles. Personally I think that a good quality pair of hiking shoes, even low quarter ones, would meet your needs without getting caught up in the hype of the over engineered and over priced shoes sold by running specialty shops.

When I am going to be on my feet all day I reach for either my Hi Tech or Merrel hiking shoes paired with 90% polyester socks, not cotton ones. The polyester sports socks sold at Walmart (Starter brand) have double knit cushion soles and added padding at the heel and toe. The military went to cushion sole socks for work wear years and years ago and they work.

CHARMIAN2 Posts: 997
2/24/13 2:52 P

Try them on and walk around. NIKE works best for me..I am size 9~10

2/24/13 1:02 P

When I was at my heaviest weight my feet hurt all the time. I found that riding an exercise bike, or regular bike in nice weather, was a less painful way to get exercise than walking. Now that I've lost some weight, and have orthotics in my shoes, I can walk with ease for about an hour at a time before I get foot pain again. You can buy insert orthotics at a running shoe store for around $50, but you can also get specially fitted for more expensive ones that are better quality. I always wear these inside my shoes, plus socks with extra cushion.

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2/24/13 10:48 A

Your weight does play a part in the amount of padding you need in your shoes, but it's not the whole story - all of us have different feet and different strides, and a lot of what type of shoe you need has to do with the physiology of your foot and your stride. Don't stress - the right shoe for you is out there, and you'll find it!

SUSAN727 Posts: 1,881
2/24/13 10:43 A

Thanks all. I hear you. I don't have a specialty store in my town but will certainly take a trip soon.

I've been looking at the shoes that Jane Fonda uses in her DVDs and they seem not to have a whole lot of cushion on the bottom. Maybe that's all I'll need once I lose some weight.


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2/24/13 8:57 A

Agree with everyone else to get fitted at a specialty store - often, it takes trial and error to find the right shoes for you.

I will add, however, that my dad (who weighs about 300 lbs) swears by Rockports for everyday use, so that might be a place to start.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,220
2/24/13 8:44 A

I wholeheartedly agree with Jen's advice. Everyone who exercises has their favorite brand of shoe for activities like walking, running, studio classes, and cross training. They like them because they work for their stride and foot anatomy, which is different for everyone. If you go to a specialty store, the people are really nice. They'll often times watch how you walk so they know which shoes to bring you to try on. And the prices are usually comparable to the big box stores.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,984
2/23/13 12:15 P

Hi Susan

The answer is going to vary from person to person. Your best bet is to go to a specialty running/walking store to get properly fitted for a shoe based on your needs.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

SUSAN727 Posts: 1,881
2/23/13 11:11 A

I just bought Asics Walking Shoes and am very disappointed because they don't seem to have a lot of cushion support although I did find them in wide width. (I will mention that I weigh 311 pounds, might as well throw that out there since it's there for all the world to see anyway)

In your opinion, which ones are your favorite?

Thanks in advance for any advice.


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