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I have a shoe problem
Old 08-12-2017, 08:34 AM
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I'm changing schools this year, and the new school is tweaking and enforcing its teacher dress code. Athletic shoes are not allowed except for dress-down days. I've worn only athletic shoes for the last few years because my feet swell and ache if I try to wear anything remotely fancy. Even Clark's hurt. (No, I did not know about the dress code when I took the job.) I'm told I can wear non-sneakery sneaker-like shoes--they just can't look like athletic shoes. I ran over to Off Broadway Shoes this morning and saw some Sketchers that might work, and I took some pictures to get a ruling from admin. But I didn't see nearly the variety of shoes I'd hoped to see. Does anyone have suggestions for styles/brands to look at?


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Old 08-12-2017, 08:37 AM
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Get a pair to wear until you get an appointment with a podiatrist who will give you a note to wear your athletic shoes.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:44 AM
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I was just going to suggest a doctors note too. I already let my principal know I may be wearing my Brooks athletic shoes everyday this year because of foot problems related to tromping up and down concrete stairs and hallways all day long. Luckily we don't have a dress code!

You may also consider a good pair of shoe inserts. I'm going to order a pair of Superfeet--they really helped me a few years ago when I first began having work related foot problems.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:51 AM
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[SIZE="3"]SAS are very comfortable and come in wider sizes if you need it.
They are expensive but worth it if you want comfort.



https://sasshoes.com/?SID=drms7q628k4a7b2oq1f0l8tom6
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:03 AM
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I had a note on file from a podiatrist for the last 5 years of my teaching career. I don't think any administrator is going to disagree with a doctor's note. Do your feet a favor get them checked out, get some prescribed inserts, and get the doctor's note. Teaching is hard on the feet and worse as you age.


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What imateacher said
Old 08-12-2017, 09:46 AM
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I had a prescription from my doctor to wear athletic shoes. Saved my aching feet!
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:51 AM
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https://www.skechers.com/en-us/women...th=W&genders=W
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:04 AM
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I know how ya feel! My feet have seemed to have gotten worse the last 10 yrs in regards to what footwear makes them hurt.

Re: Skechers, I want to like them, but the quality just isn't there IMO. I have a new HUGE Skechers Superstore. Too bad you weren't here to see the TONS of aisles of styles!

Re: Clarks, so even the Cloudsteppers hurt? Surprisingly, those Clarks Privo style is tolerable for me.

Born has always been pretty good for me.
Gentle Souls (part of Kenneth Cole) seems to be good.
Timberland is good, it seems.

I would NOT go with Crocs, Aerosoles, and I'd have to see about Hush Puppies.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:50 AM
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Check out The Walking Company. They specialize in comfortable shoes, and have a myriad of brands and styles. They also sell inserts.
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I love Softwalk shoes!
Old 08-12-2017, 11:05 AM
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Most of the insoles are egg crates. They are like walking on clouds.

https://www.shoes.com/softwalk-topeka/652173/1333105

These oxfords might be similar to athletic shoes in that you can loosen the tie as your feet swell.

I have these from the link below. I love them. They are the most comfortable shoe I have ever owned. They wore well too. I liked them so much I got navy and black.

http://www.zappos.com/p/softwalk-ado...105383/color/3


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Old 08-12-2017, 11:53 AM
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I wouldn't be discouraged yet. You tried one store and were disappointed, but there are literally thousands of shoe choices in the world, but you may have to go on-line.

I have problems with the arches of my feet. While tennis shoes are the easiest go-to for comfort, I've never worn them to work except when doing and outdoor athletic event. I've had excellent luck with Sofft, Born, and Sanita. I've ordered via Zappos many times for convenience of shipping and returns.

I do not like Sketchers for both quality and comfort reasons, but many people disagree with me so it wouldn't hurt to give them a try. If it so happens that athletic shoes are the only shoes that will work for you, you can get them in solid black to blend in with slacks-- they're not so different from Sketcher styles.
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:52 PM
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Vionic are my favorite shoes for work. Some people talke time for them to be comfortable, their legs hurt. They have amazing arch support and a good heel cup.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:04 PM
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I've worn athletic shoes that look like athletic shoes every.single.day for 14 years on recommendation from a podiatrist. It has not been an issue with my district but my podiatrist said if it was, to contact his office and he'll supply a note.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:32 PM
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Good shoes are a necessity!

The PDPs all gave you good advice. I'd like to add Sofftt, my current favorite.
Also, Cole Hahn has some nice looking shoes with sneaker soles. They can be pricey, but the sales are good, and the outlet always has good selections. I have a few pairs and they last forever.
Most of my shoes are Clarks, SAS, Sofftt, Born, and Birkenstock

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Old 08-12-2017, 06:03 PM
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I invest in Vionic,Alegria,Sofft,Hush Puppies to name a few. The Walking Company and Takken shoes are my usual go to sources. No more non leather shoes ever. Spend tons of money to take care of your feet,legs and back. You will be glad you did.
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:50 PM
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You could try Drew shoes. http://www.drewshoe.com/
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