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Old 05-17-2012, 01:22 PM   #11
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I used to sell runners. We haven't called them sneakers in a long time. If you're looking for just a casual shoe, try one of the lower end stores (Walmart, Target etc) I think you'll find some nice canvas type shoes. I THINK that's what you're looking for?

The sports stores are going to have every other kind of shoe imaginable, basketball, volleyball, cross trainers, track etc. There is a reason for the mesh in those shoes, believe me!
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:36 PM   #12
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I've seen mesh on top of other materials, as a fashion statement not as anything that helps the shoe breathe.

And it makes no sense to wear special basketball, volleyball, track shoes for casual wear. Maybe cross-trainers but IMO it makes more sense to wear walkers for casual wear because that's what you do when you're being casual.
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:50 PM   #13
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I've seen mesh on top of other materials, as a fashion statement not as anything that helps the shoe breathe.

And it makes no sense to wear special basketball, volleyball, track shoes for casual wear. Maybe cross-trainers but IMO it makes more sense to wear walkers for casual wear because that's what you do when you're being casual.
Oh lord I'm confused. Did I mistakenly suggest wearing a specialty shoe for casual wear????

Caslon, hope you find what you're looking for buddy
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:59 PM   #14
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An added note...

Skechers is offering a refund due to false/claims ads, but I didn't buy them because of anything Kim Kardashian had to say (i.e. they help you lose weight, etc.).

Style matters, but what is equally important to me, is the proper fit. For years I crammed my feet into very high heels & "cute" shoes that were uncomfortable. Never had a problem with my foot/feet until several months ago. I've had surgery on my toe, and have seen several podiatrists etc., & been told (by the doc that performed the surgery), I could lose my foot. Still have not recovered. Two of the podiatrists said the problem may have been caused by my sneakers being too short.

My point here is, make sure your shoes fit properly. Try them on, reach down and press your big toe area. Make sure it's not right up against the shoe. Do a few "laps" around the store before you buy.

You can skimp & buy knock-off or copy-cat designer clothes, but your feet are very important. Trust me when I tell you, most of the podiatrists' waiting rooms are packed (& you're lucky to get a speedy appt, as they're in surgery 3 days a week). Hope I didn't come off too strong here, but spend the money on proper fitting shoes, & save yoursself some major headaches later.
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:29 PM   #15
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As Cerise's story illustrates, you can harm your feet wearing the wrong type of shoe.

I can't recall now if it was the Sketchers but I think it was, discovered that they may harm people rather than help them. Was it something to do with tendons?

For casual wear it's probably best to wear shoes that are intended for casual wear. I think the walkers are reasonable for that, being designed as sort of all around shoes rather than optimized for any particular athletic activity.

Would you wear spiked shoes for casual wear? Track shoes? Track shoes don't provide any ankle support, do they? Maybe ankle support is a good thing unless it gets in the way of a specific athletic activity.
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:41 PM   #16
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What I heard on the news about Sketchers last night was this. They made false claims that their Shape-Up and Tone-Up lines would give you health/fitness benefits.

They were fined and buyers may be eligible for money back.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:21 PM   #17
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I wear solid black sneakers at work (dress code), but rarely wear them as everyday shoes. My every day shoes are brown oxfords in the cooler months or Birkenstocks in the summer. I have plantar fasciitis in both feet, so I need good quality footwear.

Before going to Disney in Feb, I decided that having some sneakers for 7 days of walking around the parks was a good idea. I hadn't bought sneakers in so long, I forgot just how ugly about 95% of them are! I settled on some, not so bad New Balance (my feet love New Balance) and got them for $40 at JC Penny. I was a happy camper and so were my feet, they were light weight and so darned comfortable, even after 12 hours in a park.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:34 AM   #18
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I got 3 pairs of great shoes for 108.00 bucks today at Sport Authority.
Convers basketball shoes red,white,black with a chevron and star on them for 39 bucks down from70. A paif of Tevas for about 25 bucks and a nice pair of water proof hiking books.

I am 46 and i like flashy athletic shoes to go with flashy ahtletic wear. I also have some plain white Nike shoes to go with white shorts or casual jeans. The women should understand the shoe thing! I only own about about 10 pairs of shoes so even though I like them to go with what I am wearing I am still a virgin so to speak.

I was freinds with Imelda Marcos' sister in the 80's and I have another freind who once gave away 1800 pairs of shoes to thin out her collection. Women have a very different view of shoes than us men. Freind # 2 also calls Imelda an amatuer (Love her). Her closets were bigger than my house in total (serious).

I saw some mesh Nike zeros todays and thought they looked pretty good. I would give them a shot. they are almost see-through in the spots that need the best ventilation. Very light weight too!
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Zappos is bound to have something you'll like. Fair warning to all shoe addicts though ~ it's dangerous! =P
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:11 AM   #20
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Zappos is bound to have something you'll like. Fair warning to all shoe addicts though ~ it's dangerous! =P
Online Shoes.com is good too, both have free shipping.
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