I know. By now you are tired of people telling you to wear sensible shoes and to take care of your feet. Brown and black oxfords are not exactly what you have in mind, and you don't mind saying so.
Well, enough people have been saying so, and shoe manufacturers are starting to pay attention. Function combined with fashion is coming your way.
Francine Kapan and Bryan D. Vargo (Arthritis Today of May-June 2006) took a look at comfortable shoe styles for dressing up, athletics, casual and for working folks. They came up with some impressive recommendations.
Remember, one more time, about proper arch support, room to move your toes and a snug fit around your heels. Wear shoes around the store for at least 10 minutes (nothing should rub, pinch or throw you off balance) and if they feel good go ahead and buy them.
Dress-Up: Any shoe in moderation is okay. If you pick something just a little bit uncomfortable it is okay for awhile, but be sure to go back to good shoes for everyday wear.
Men are a little easier to please than women when it comes to shoes, which is probably why we don't see as many corns and ingrown toenails. Florsheim's Riva (www.florsheim.com) for a slip on loafer that is soft, light-weight and padded. Bostonian's Akron (www.bostonianshoe.com) for a comfortable toe and heel, light weight, slip resistant and shock absorbing shoe.
Okay ladies here we are! Taryn Rose (www.neimanmarcus.com). Expensive but if you want to look and feel like a Ballerina, these are for you. Light weight and with a low heel for balance control. The word maximum comfort is used and no, these will not go out of style. Rockport Corunna (www.rockport.com) an open toed slide with soft leather and that resists sliding. The Begonia by Beautifeel (www.footwearetc.com) with heavy padding for a snug but comfortable fit. The Tori pump by Magdesian (www.magdesian.com) with a wide low heel that distributes weight and provides support and stability (looks good too).
Athletic Shoes: The right shoe will keep feet dry, absorb shock, stabilize lateral movement, provide good arch support and give a modest heel elevation.
Spira and the Genesis II Stability Trainer (www.spirafootwear.com) with real springs embedded in the soles to decrease foot and leg fatigue (for men and women). Privo's Joyner (www.privousa.com) is a hybrid sandal/sneaker that hugs the foot and has adjustable laces and heel strap toggles (women). Reebock's Pump Wrap-shear (www.rbk.com) with an inner air chamber that inflates by squeezing a ball in the tongue (men and women). DRx Pro Support MC110 (www.etonic.com) with velcro straps and extra depth which makes them ideal if you want to insert your own orthotic insoles (men and women). Easy Spirit Underpar zippered sneakers (www.easyspirit.com) combines flexibility, stability and shock absorption in a running shoe (women).
Casual Flats and Sandals: These shoes look good but also have built in arch supports, a small heel, stable soles, padding and cushions. Sofft's Athena (www.sofftshoe.com). The Aravon Faye (www.aravonshoes.com). Josef Seibel's Adelle (www.thewalkingcompany.com). and Aravon's Kathy (www.aravonshoes.com). The above mentioned models are for women). Clarks' Whaler (www.clarkusa.com) moccasin-style boat shoe for men. Privo's Tek (www.privousa.com). blends a sneaker with a sandal for men.
Working Shoes: Still working? Looking for something that looks good but is comfortable for your 9 to 5 schedule? Look for rounded or wide toe boxes and wedge or stack heels that offer support and balance while reducing pressure on the toes and the balls of the feet.
Clarks' Clever (www.clarksusa.com) for women. The Venice by Bass (www.zappos.com) for women. The Softspots Maiden (www.softspots.com) for women. Aravon's Bailey (www.aravonshoes.com) for women. Ecco's Seawalker Tie(www.eccousa.com) for men and Florsheim's Winthrop (www.florsheim.com) for men.
Treat yourself right. Buy really good shoes and you can breeze through your days in comfort.