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recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: June 01, 2006 10:42PM
Rockport discontinued my favorite shoes (a black Nubuck called the Traveler), and I'm at a loss. Requirements: black, don't need polishing and don't scar easily (Nubucks are perfect, but apparently no one makes black ones any more), appropriate for business casual (knit shirt and khakis), cushioning and arch support for serious walking. I'm talking about lots of downtown walking, to and from work, so if your idea of a long walk is going from the car all the way to the back of the supermarket, you may not be adequately testing this attribute. Please, nothing that looks like you'd play basketball in it.

Any recommendations? What about Doc Martens?
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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: microchip13
Date: June 01, 2006 11:01PM
I don't know if they fit the bill perfectly for business casual. Maybe the brown ones.

I love Merrell Chameleons, the Streach models.

I've had 3 pairs, just started on the 3rd. Easily THE most confortable shoe I have EVER worn or tried on. Insanely comfortable. I love them. The weight does take a bit of getting used to, but it's not that bad after a while.
[merrell.com]

Expensive, but well worth the price. I've worn my past 2 pairs for over a year, only having to get new ones because my parents are tired of me having ugly worn shoes.



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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: dbow
Date: June 01, 2006 11:19PM
I have become a huge fan of Keen shoes, very comfortable.

[www.keenfootwear.com]
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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: Phy
Date: June 01, 2006 11:35PM
SAS makes a black nubuck oxford.
I consider them the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn, and they last well, too.
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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: June 02, 2006 12:04AM
Ecco by far. They're rather pricey, but I got them when I was on my feet 40 hours a week working at *gulp* Fry's.

[www2.ecco.com]



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/02/2006 12:04AM by blusubaru.
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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: eeyore
Date: June 02, 2006 03:39AM
My vote for most comfortable and durable...

Rockport Pro Walker World Tour Classic
[www.zappos.com]

on sale here:
[www.onlineshoes.com]

...and when you buy these and like 'em, they come in other colors and leathers!



Don't get them confused with:
[www.onlineshoes.com]



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/02/2006 03:40AM by eeyore.
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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: spearmint
Date: June 02, 2006 03:45AM
Black with khakis don't work. Brown.




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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: LaserKun
Date: June 02, 2006 05:36AM
I've walked MANY miles in Clark's. Only problem was the left sole split after about two years of serious walking in Japan, up/down stairs, etc., but I still wear them every day...

I'll have to try some of the other recommendations.
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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: Fritz
Date: June 02, 2006 08:05AM
Mephistos or Eccos depending on your feet. Expensive, but last a long time and are easily re-soleable.



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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: LaserKun
Date: June 02, 2006 08:21AM
BTW, the Clark's I have are NOT re-soleable (great word).
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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: dmann
Date: June 02, 2006 08:34AM
My former boss swore by his Eccos. We used to work about 30 tradeshows a year which means tons of standing on concrete floors.

He forgot to bring them along on one trip and we spent 2 hours driving around looking for a shoe store that carried them because he HAD to have them for the show.

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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: pipiens
Date: June 02, 2006 09:37AM
I found a pair of Ecco shoes that felt great and looked good too. When I went back to buy another pair, the style was being discontinued so they were 1/2 price. I called all the local stores to find some in my size. I bought about 10 pairs in two colors. That was 10 years ago , I haven't been to a shoe store since then.
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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: Kiva
Date: June 02, 2006 12:17PM
Ecco or Keen. rockport is crap..

also, take a look at how stable the heel cup is. If it's flimsy, the shoe will suck. Also, put insoles in 'em...

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Re: recommend nice looking, comfortable shoes
Posted by: bangman
Date: June 02, 2006 01:32PM
What are you nuts? Of course black works with khakis and you know I always carry 2 Gs in my khakis! Get that money made....

Blusubaru, you're my hero for working at Fry's. That must have been a terrifying experience. Can you sleep nights?

Not sure if they'll have what you want but I love Skechers. They look good and fit my feet so well. I have crazy high insteps, very Japanese.

In fact, I'm wearing a pair right now and a woman in the office just complimented me on how good they look. How's that for an endorsement!



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