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    Can you guys get Asolo shoes and boots over there? They're made in Italy, and I swear that the moulds they use are exactly the same shape as my feet.
    I'm just about to retire a pair of well used ones, my very first pair, after about 20 years.
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    Asolo shiver gv have been my only and year round shoes for 10 years. I buy them off the bay every time I see a pair, since they are discontinued. Have 3 or 4 of them waiting for their turn

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    Fun fact: The least comfortable Nikes in your local store are any of the Air models, even their $40 dad shoes from last season in the back of the outlet store are more comfortable than Airs; these new-this-week Elements use the same sole material as those dad shoes:

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    Translucent fully breathable mesh upper with design from a photo of a sunset, more of that dad-shoe-comfy React sole material, $60. Gotta watch those sales..

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    Very natty, they remind me on co-respondent shoes from the last century...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectator_shoe
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter yetman View Post
    Very natty, they remind me on co-respondent shoes from the last century...
    The rest of the shoe lets you know conclusively what century they're from

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    Lifetime warranty, Made in USA:

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    Merrel Moabs GTX or top shelf Asics depending on what Im doing.

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    I gave these a try after a few years of leather Dr Scholls: https://www.amazon.com/New-Balance-F.../dp/B07HP6P7C9

    So far it is like walking on oddly stable clouds with an angel waving palm fronds on my feet with each step.

    For walking on trails I have Coluimbia trail shoes, and at the gym a set of Asics. As I get more wise in my years I have learned the importance of proper footwear for the task and it need not cost a mint to keep you feet happy either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    Lifetime warranty, Made in USA:
    I just wanted to say thank you for the link. I've been searching for something like that for years.
    Shame they don't offer a lifetime warranty over here - the legislation must be different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeanBurn View Post
    I gave these a try after a few years of leather Dr Scholls: https://www.amazon.com/New-Balance-F.../dp/B07HP6P7C9

    So far it is like walking on oddly stable clouds with an angel waving palm fronds on my feet with each step.
    That's New Balance's version of Nike React/Adidas Boost, but because it's NB it's easier to find cheaper.

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    I just wanted to say thank you for the link. I've been searching for something like that for years.
    I have about eight pairs of Thorlos walking/max cushion crew socks that I've used for many years at my job where I walk 12-15 miles a day; they're still whole and comfortable with a thousand plus miles on them, a seriously engineered sock.

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    Lifetime warranty, Made in USA:
    I'm a 8.5, what size would you recommend to fit properly?

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    Ok don't laugh. For work I wear Skechers Men's Work Relaxed Fit Flex Advantage McAllen SR Slip-on


    And my walking shoes at home are Skechers GoWalk Evolution Ultra.

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    I'm a 8.5, what size would you recommend to fit properly?
    You could do medium or large; if you're like me and prefer a casual fit with looser shoelaces, I'd go large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    You could do medium or large; if you're like me and prefer a casual fit with looser shoelaces, I'd go large.
    Thanks for the info.

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    I am on my feet quite a bit, walking while pulling a hand truck to deliver merchandise, and a lot of standing. Currently I am mostly wearing Skechers Country Walkers and Asics, but really the shoe brand is no longer as important to me as the insoles I put in practically all of my shoes. My left arch started giving me a bunch of grief about a year and a half ago, and while trying out many different insoles I discovered SOLE brand insoles. Someone had written a review in which they said, "These are the ones you're looking for," so I tried a pair. It was true. They mold to the feet for a custom-like fit, either by heating in the oven (fast method) or through general use (slow method). The arch support is ample, and like I say it customizes itself to the user's arch. Nothing else I've tried ever came close to the SOLE insoles; they have saved me from misery. My Skechers are high volume shoes (lots of toe room) so I use the thick insoles; for other shoes I use medium (less cushioning but same great support). I'd recommend the SOLE inserts to anyone. (And no, I don't own stock in the company or anything.)

    While we're on the subject of footwear, and socks have been mentioned, I hate socks that hold the leg in a Vulcan Death Grip and leave imprints in the skin. I like my socks to fit rather loosely on the leg, and if they sag a bit, so be it. KMart had great, inexpensive acrylic socks I liked, but they're gone now. About the only comfortable socks I've found lately are the Dr. Scholl diabetic socks (but I'm not diabetic). I've even taken to wearing ankle socks now in warmer months (but that doesn't fly when it gets cold). Has anyone else found synthetic-fiber socks with some bulk that fit loosely on the calf? TIA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexlion View Post
    Nothing else I've tried ever came close to the SOLE insoles; they have saved me from misery. My Skechers are high volume shoes (lots of toe room) so I use the thick insoles; for other shoes I use medium (less cushioning but same great support). I'd recommend the SOLE inserts to anyone. (And no, I don't own stock in the company or anything.)
    I haven't had any issues with my arches, but can say a lot of insoles are harder than how cushioned all the shoes pictured above are; they're basically like standing on a workplace ergo mat that has that rubber bubble wrap feel, there's just a touch of sink-in to it, definitely nothing you'd need to tamper with. And the Thorlos socks feel about as thick as insoles.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rexlion View Post
    Has anyone else found synthetic-fiber socks with some bulk that fit loosely on the calf? TIA.
    The Thorlos are all synthetic and about as thick as thin carpeting on the bottom of the foot; they hug securely around the center of the foot like diabetic socks, but are otherwise a comfortable standard fit.

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    Should also mention; Nike's doing a 25% off promo code for already on-sale models; you can experience yourself what the fuss is about with some $150 shoes for under $100.

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    Thanks for that about the Thorlo socks, I'm reading up on them. It doesn't look like they help specifically with a fallen arch (my issue), but cushioning is good to have and I may try some.

    My arches are rather high and I've never found any shoes or inserts that support and cradle my arches the way these insoles do. Actually my left arch has occasionally felt a twinge now and then for, oh, 30 years. But it never actually pained me outright until a bit over a year ago... I was in some Saucony Grid Cohesions at the time and I think the uneven footbed on that pair triggered the problem becoming full-blown.

    (Edit) - Thorlo lists a different sock for every activity under the sun. Do they all truly have different characteristics? (What difference between a hiking sock and a walking sock??) Or is it just a marketing gimmick?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexlion View Post
    (Edit) - Thorlo lists a different sock for every activity under the sun. Do they all truly have different characteristics? (What difference between a hiking sock and a walking sock??) Or is it just a marketing gimmick?
    There are subtle differences between all of them, but if you're just looking for comfort, note the cushioning level; the ones I mentioned above are here.

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    You can always tell that it's a sports car if it looks fast when it's not moving..

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    Most comfortable 2019 - four of the ten are already pictured above..


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    Any thoughts on Mizuno running shoes ?
    How about shoes for injury of plantar faciatis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul6ppca View Post
    Any thoughts on Mizuno running shoes ?
    How about shoes for injury of plantar faciatis?
    Some running shoes don't have much of a heel/are rather flat, which means you end up stepping from the back of your heel and then rolling forward, which may not be ideal if you have some sort of pain going on. A lot of the casual shoes I mentioned above are specifically meant to ease walking and so have quite a bit of heel, which shortens and simplifies your stride; these also have levels of shock absorption that no insole could provide as the entire sole of the shoe is the shock absorber. Adidas Ultraboost 19, Nike EXP-X14 and Presto React, all good choices. The EXP-X14 is currently $72 on the Nike site; if you're put off by the styling of some of these, they also have the traditional dad shoe-looking Vomero 5 for ~$100, the simple Epic React Flyknit 2 is the same price in some colors.

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    Salomon XA Pro 3D. Wear them every morning walking the dog. Got these in 2016. Don't ever use the speed laces, just set them up to slip on. I now have two pair as the first developed small holes on the top / side. They were still under warranty, so they sent me another pair.


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    Lately I've been wearing Vans to walk in. Not those rubber slabs from the 1970's, but updated versions of them with replaceable insoles. See, back in the 90's many skateboard shoes were actually pretty good walking shoes. Companies like Duffs, PureJuice and Reef were popping up everywhere and they were giving Vans and Airwalks stiff competition with durable, comfy shoes. One company called Simple was bringing back retro designs from very early sneaker years of the 1920's and 30's using recycled materials for the soles.

    Vans and Airwalks began marketing geezers with suede uppers, good arch supports and comfy, durable soles. It was a great time to buy skateboard shoes for mall walking or morning aerobics. It worked until Nike entered the fray after a failed attempt by Reebok. Soon the little guys were either gone or cowering in a corner thanks to the mighty Nike.

    Airwalks managed to remain under the radar by making a variety of shoes for a discount chain called Payless, which is now relegated to an Amazon store. Vans is still popular with the youth market whose knees and hips don't hurt yet. But recently they began marketing to geezers and geeks with a line of 'deluxe' versions of classics in fashion stores and 'Pro' versions of classics at skate and surf shops.

    A friend of mine recently told me about them. He is an early CPF member he says but frankly I've never asked him his screen name since he hasn't logged in for some 10 years now. I mentioned I had scored some brand new Reef Slum Lord shoes from the 90's and he began telling me about the Vans upgrades. I found some classic slip on's in a limited edition version with upgraded insoles and footbed and man, I'm liking the change. Would I wear them to hike up a mountain? Use them for running? No, but then again I only hike up a mountain when being chased by a bear and only run when I encounter a nest of yellow jacket bees at work. So they are fine for strolling around a shopping mall or for casual uses.

    They have a gimmick called "comfy cush" where updated versions cost about $5 more than the original. Same with Pro versions. Fashion stores like JC Penney and Kohls carry deluxe versions of the models meant for those outlets. So when I'm not wearing my Rockport mechanics style walkers or my Airwalk geezer mall walking shoes I now have a couple of pairs of classic skateboard shoes that don't cause my worn out knees and hips to make me think bionic body parts are in my near future.
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    I volunteer at a pharmacy and sometimes wear crocs. Nice to drive in, great for standing, walking all shift (3 hours). Seen a pharmacist wearing them, so I decided to try them out. For me they work better with the strap forward and not behind the heel.

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    After my last post I discovered a company called Simple shoes had been revived in 2018. In 1993 a small outfit that began in '91 had been bought by a large outfit due to the Simple shoes eco-friendly idea from their inception. Soles were made of recycled tires and in time other recycled materials went into some of the models for the upper parts too. The small company also had a slew of pro skateboarders wearing them so Simple shoes were plastered in videos and skateboard magazines. So to the big company who was trying to capitalize on an up and coming "green" movement bought Simple shoes. Well later on that same big company bought another small company who had an even greener approach. They turned their attention to the new kid and let Simple wither on the vine until 2011 when the Simple shoe was stopped being produced.

    In 2015 a fellow in New Jersey was fed up with the crap called casual shoes and all of the gimmickery designed to seduce young skulls full of mush into paying a lot of money for a marshmallow that disintigrates in 65 days. It took a while but one day Simple shoes was revived. I got word and scored a pair of a reissued model I had in the 1990's. I did a review on them and they thanked me with a complimentary t-shirt. I reviewed that, a pair of last call shoes I really like and a ball cap I bought from them. Black Friday sale prices rock.

    The outgoing shoes reminded me of shoes from a time gone by while having modern day advantages like comfort. They had decided to improve that shoe with an upgraded model and named it after the town in California where Simple shoes was born. San Luis Obispo or in todays world of TLA's everywhere, the SLO. They sent me a pair as thanks for being a life long fan of the brand and stating kind words as reviews.

    I'm not trying to shill for them, seriously but instead meant every word in my review. They used to build shoes unlike any others while styling them like those from times long gone by, like the roaring 20's. One model looked just like the shoes Spanky wore in the original Lil Rascals. And instead of being soles being glued on they were stitched. The re-issued models still are. But the new models are being assembled using modern methods. So my new "re-issue" shoes were just like I remembered while the new (discontinued one) are like a modernized version of shoes my great grandfather would wear to play tennis (if he had ever played tennis. He was a grouchy, hateful man who would probably never be caught dead in white shorts). The new SLO are even better.

    Right out of the box it was like putting on my first ever pair of Chuck Taylors in about 1970. Looking down at them I thought "I've worn these shoes before, but when?" After a few steps I forgot I was wearing sneakers and thought I was wearing 2 year old bedroom slippers. Word up. These are my new favorites. Nothing fancy, no super-secret designs. Just a well made canvas sneaker with a linen covered memory foam over an orthodic foam footbed. I like the idea that the sole may have bits of some Michelin tires I turned in at a tire store a few years back.


    The new model called SLO


    Some from the 1990's I still wear at times.


    These were 100% recycled tires, plastic bottles and clothes
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    INOV8 Rocklite 345 GTX with a graphene composite sole.
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    Got some sweet new Hush Puppies. Let's see how well they work out.
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