I have a pair of these: www.zappos.com/propet-travelactiv-mary-jane-black that are surprisingly comfortable for shoes that are so light and relatively cheap. That it a US price - normally they would be more expensive in Canada, but I got them for 40% off, so they were a bit cheaper than the zappos price. I've walked in them comfortably for hours, but would like a more supportive insole for travelling. I'll keep my eyes out for sales, as I'd like another pair. They can be washed by hand in a basin. I haven't washed them yet, but I've washed the removable insoles several times.
LaGatta, I bought a pair of Merrell sandals last year and loved them so much, I bought another pair this year even though the first pair is still in great shape. Keep in mind that I wore them every other day for five weeks, walking miles in death heat. I recently washed them in order to freshen the foot bed -- used a brush & baking soda, followed with shampoo & water. They're like new! The style I like is similar to the ones called Sway here: www.shoeme.ca/collections/merrell
Also, if you ever run across the Michel M brand, give them a try.
Keep in mind that for me the two most important things are arch support & non-masculine looking soles that are nevertheless sturdy.
I spent a lot of time on the WEB trying to find the same FLY FLOT sandals I have been wearing for years. I am taking the same pair I wore in Paris last year to Switzerland in a few months. You actually don't know you have shoes on your feet they are so comfortable. Many pairs for sale on various sale points but not the ones I want. I wonder if any stores in Paris actually sell FLY FLOT because that might solve my dilemma.
I used to wear Josef Seibel shoes, but my feet changed so much while living and walking in Paris that I can now only wear Mephistos, sandals or derbys. I buy two pair of each when they go on sale here - about 70 - 100 EU/pair, depending. They hold up forever, and you can replace the foot cushions when needed.
I've bought Mephistos on sale in France. They are easy to find here, but MUCH more expensive. Great shoes (though of course feet vary; for example I simply can't wear Birkenstocks, and I don't mean because they are ugly. They hurt my feet.
I didn't know that existed! I'll make a point of going there, next time I'm in Paris. I bought a pair of Mephistos on sale at a neighbourhood shoe shop near the Mairie of the 20th arrondissement, as I was staying nearby.
I was told that Mephistos don't last very long but don't have any personal experience. They are also very expensive, I find, given that the styles are rather "comfortable shoes". I have Merrell hiking shoes which have lasted for years.
Yeah, you have to wonder at what point you're paying for the name. My Mephistos were years ago and they got very hard use, including getting wet every day for two weeks during a trip to the Yucatán. Who knows if they're still that good. I wasn't thrilled by the styles I saw online.
One thing that frustrates me about all shoes -- really, all apparel -- is that you can't assume that their different styles will fit you correctly within a particular brand.
Still have not found EXACTLY the same shoes. But, did find one pair of the sandal type I like. I have a good mind to have them posted to the first hotel we will be staying at - with permission from them of course.
I have found that Merrells and Mephisto's to be on about the same par for me comfort wise. I think the Mephistos are more aesthetically elegant in design in comparison and always receive compliments on them. (I've had them for about 6 years now...). Quite a good run.
I am certainly going to have a look at Mephistos following all the favourable comments.
Merrells - If I need sandals that are ok for clambering over rocks / rough terrain etc I love these and have had many pairs over the years.
Fly Flot - I have several pairs of Fly Flot / Pavers that I wear to work in the Summer etc but I find that they don't last long - at least not on my feet. Often very pretty styles though
-For open foot/ no worry about aesthetics . I love my Crocs flip flops I have been buying a pair every two years for the last umpteen ,my favourite are Capri. The little nubs on the inner sole make me feel like I am having a constant foot massage/ the arch support for me is second to none. I have worn them in cities / jungle and on the beach and at home of course. If I could only ever buy one other pair of sandals this would be my choice, no contest.
Go on try a pair - I challenge you to overcome your horror at the thought
Lugg, Merrell has some sandals that are not clunky, are in fact rather attractive.
I'd wear those Crocs Capris in a heartbeat! They look super comfortable & I think they're pretty. I have a pair of more basic Crocs rubber flip flops which are quite comfortable & have held up well.
Re: Mephistos ~ because of the price, I'd have to think hard about buying some, especially since I'm so satisfied with Merrells. Also, I don't think the newer Mephisto styles are as pretty as the older ones were.
I crave a pair of these in red tinyurl.com/TravelLiteMaryJane and probably also silver (grey, not metallic). I have last year's style but prefer the new model as it is a bit more like a fisherperson's sandals and they come in more colours.
They aren't shoes for heavy rural walking (I'd want the booties rikita showed for that). The best "sturdy" shoes I have are Campers Ivar - I paid $3 for a nearly new pair at a front-of-house sale (which is often called a garage or yard sale here, though few people in this area have garages or large front yards).
Merrills and Mephistos are my mainstay along with a pair of Dansk closed in heel clogs that I practically live in as they last forever and can be worn season round.
Service people wear them and swear by them. I'm on my second pair in 8 years. They come in all colors (some downright hideous.) I go with dark brown suede. I can't wear anything these days with a major arch because of a raised bunion on my right foot which rules out any heels save going to a funeral or wedding and afterward suffer from wearing. I have some great classic low healed shoes and ankle boots but, try as I might, cannot wear anymore.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Apr 27, 2017 20:02:09 GMT
I always wear flats and have done for years....used to wear Ecco shoes to work, they were expensive but I still have a pair bought in 1991. Nowadays I wear sheepskin boots in the cool weather. I have a pair of 'aqualambs' made by the Celtic boot company that are pretty weatherproof. Expensive but they are well made and I've had my current pair for 6 years. The rest of the time I wear Skechers Go-walk. Really comfortable, washable and they last.
Your mother was right, Cheery. Cheap shoes are not worth it -- they hurt your feet and fall apart quickly. Of course, I don't mean spending money on ridiculously over-priced shiny stilettos with some male designers name on them.