Post by applecrisp1 on Nov 27, 2016 20:12:46 GMT -5
I'm trying to help my mom find a comfortable pair of shoes and I was once again going to order some shoes online.
Here's the deal..... she has really bad feet, really bad, it is tough for her to get around (so shopping not easy), has toe issues to put it mildy so needs rooomy toe box. Oh she has flat feet too.
She doesn't want a lace up shoe or sneaker,, a slip on like the typical Merrell clog is preferred. I think its is because doesn't want to deal with bending to tie them. But I'll certainly try another style if easy to get on/off.
She has an old pair of beyond worn Merrells that are comfortable (well as comfortable as shoes can be with her feet) --- they are are beyond broken in and stretched. Her newer Merells not as comfortable. Tried Merrell in wide width and I guess too big at back of foot/heel.
Any ideas would be great. She really needs to go to a shoe store but hasn't. Grrrr.
Last pair I ordered not good (since arch too hard) were the Haflinger brand (I liked the idea that they were wool so I thought would have more give for her crappy feet, and better than say a leather). But a no go.. I tried maybe something like Easy Spirit but that was more of a slip on type sneaker. The Alegria Kayla clog not wide enough/stiff. And a bunch of others but can't recall all of them.
I wonder if you can stretch Merrells (at shoe repair place) -- I've suggested that a million times to look into. Other idea, I wonder if a mens Merrell would work, give more width, but might be too big overall.
I am going thru the gazillion shoes on Zappos (typed in chog/mule, comfort.....). I'll look at Naot brand.
Many many thanks! Any ideas, suggestions would be much appreciated
Keen shoes tend to have a wide toe box. I wear Keen Briggs tie shoes with Riplaces to replace the ties to make them slip ons. These Keen Kaci slip ons are similar to Merrill clogs, they might work for her.
Post by applecrisp1 on Nov 28, 2016 10:40:08 GMT -5
Thanks PattiA and Caffelatte -- I will be checking out the suggestions. I've never tried some of the brands you mentioned. Thanks so much!
And you are sooooo right, finding shoes seems impossible but I'll try.
One thing was funny, a few months back I showed her a pair of shoes on line and she said they were ugly. I was like, are you kidding --- if they were yellow polked dot and were comfortable and made your feet feel a bit better, you would wear them. Geeez, with those feet, she finally agreed, comfort over looks.
Going in a different direction, have you looked at Tom's? They have wool as well as canvas slip ons and for my feet, the toe box is pretty roomy. In a different price category, Tieks ballet flats are soft Italian leather elasticized all the way around without being binding. The classic colors are probably the ones she would consider and they are the leas expensive (but probably still more than all the others mentioned). I got some for Christmas last year and have really enjoyed them. The Tom's and the Tieks both have closed backs, but I tend to run narrow in the heel and can wear both off them without the heel cushions that I have to put in a lot of other shoes.
I can't wear Crocs now -- they quit making my size, but I did go through a period when I wore their sandals and sling backs almost exclusively due to foot pain. Some folks love them and others hate them, but they are modestly priced and offer a roomy fit with a lot of cushioning and might be good for your mom.
Another one I can think of would be the Sketchers with the memory foam insoles. DH has a pair of the men's and my sons both took new pairs on a 2 week vacation with a lot of walking -- they all loved them and got a second pair later. I think they have some women's styles with similar insoles.
Post by applecrisp1 on Dec 2, 2016 22:15:52 GMT -5
Thanks Beth. After bringing up to my mom that she needed shoes soooo badly for a long time, and even buying her a few (with no luck), she brought it up herself. Wow. Finally!
I will definitely look into the suggestions.
She tried Sketchers (more of a sneaker slip on) that I thought would work, she bought them but never wore. I have to get the scoop on that.
Tieks are on my list for me -- she needs more cushion but I'm interested in trying them since I've heard so much about them and remember reading your raves on the CLBB.
Thanks everyone. I am hoping to work on it this weekend. I did find a few brands that were new to me, but the price on some, wow. Finn Comfort was one of them. But if I could find a shoe that was comfortable, possibly made her bad feet a bit better, it would be so worth it!
I don't know what is happening, but this is my third attempt --
Tieks are very soft leather. The soles provide easy flexing with the 2 pc outer sole and they have a supportive cushioning, but they aren't spongy-cushy, if that is what she needs. I hope you get to try a pair for yourself -- and consider ordering a pair for your mom if she is having that much trouble. I remember reading reviews by people with all kinds of foot problems who said Tieks were the only shoes they could wear without pain before I ordered. I remember one was a dancer and that one in particular impressed me. I don't remember anyone saying they needed to or wanted to put cushioning insoles in them. With free shipping, free returns and easy exchanges, it doesn't cost anything to try and it doesn't take a lot of time. Whatever you decide, I hope you find something that works.
I wear Naot shoes almost every day, and the pairs I have last well and are easy to polish when scuffed. I am very picky about fit and comfort, and Naot has been my go-to brand for (yikes) 20 years. They have a variety of slides/clogs.
Post by traildoggie on Dec 3, 2016 12:45:19 GMT -5
another vote for keens. they have a nice toe box, and the strappy areas can sometimes avoid pressure points. the fabric is more forgiving than leather. the ones I have are slip ons with some having a single pull to snug them down rather than dealing with laces.
Post by applecrisp1 on Dec 3, 2016 14:03:44 GMT -5
Thanks again everyone. I have a list of other brands to look into thanks to you all.
I hope I find a pair that works for her. Now with all this browsing of shoes online --- maybe I will find something good for myself too. And Beth those Tieks are on my list to try, and you are so right, with free ship and return, no cost to try.
I've never worn Keens but have heard good things about them,
Lantana, I had a pair of Naots a few years back and loved them -- loved the cushy insole and arch support.
I've been thinking about Rykas. I haven't tried them yet though. This morning on QVC they had some cute suede lace-up walking shoes sneakers in different colors. I've seen them in different styles and colors on eBay and online. I'm thinking about more of a Mary Jane style. Also, I have shoe stretchers at home. They're not very expensive, and handy to have around.