I like shoes but they are ALL uncomfortable to wear!

(43 Posts)
makinglemonade Fri 15-Feb-13 20:48:40

I have a good shoe collection but have lots that I never wear as they aren't comfy!

My biggest problem is workwear. I'm ok at the moment as I wear dresses with black tights and black ankle boots with a medium heel. They are marco tozzi and super comfy. So comfy I bought the same in a tan colour!

But I have lots of lovely trousers I'd like to west to work but can't due to footwear. If I do wear them then I can only wear them with flat pumps which makes me feel frumpy.

I work in fashion retail and need to be smart and reasonably trendy. So any suggestions on nice shoes that won't kill I've I wear them all day?

mossycat Fri 01-Mar-13 15:51:13

I too am looking for comfy but stylish work shoes. Ive never mastered walking in heels and flats make shins ache (think my toes try to grip when walking- if u know what I mean!) I also have wide-ish feet!!! Grrrrr

Like the sound of the rockports - but does anyone know if they come up narrow or wide?

SarahGarden80 Tue 26-Feb-13 21:34:10

somebody was mentioning Hush pupppies, they are really great, and very nice design. What I personally like are Pikolinos they are good quality and cozysmile

navneetsingh Tue 19-Feb-13 07:52:50

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Murraylover Mon 18-Feb-13 20:53:08

making do wear your shoes around the house, maybe with a pop sock on. Shoes need to be worn in and mould to your feet.

Still18atheart Sun 17-Feb-13 16:28:30

Have you tried wedged heels? I've got several pairs of shoes from M&S and I know the frumpy connitations but they really aren't

higgle Sun 17-Feb-13 16:18:33

Duo shoes are fantastic, I have wide feet with a bit of a bunion thing going on (in denial) I have some fantastic wide fitting Bacall shoes that look very high and sexy but feel like slippers they are so comfortable. Also have some Esmond kitten heels that look good and feel wearable.

BillyBollyDandy Sun 17-Feb-13 11:35:28

I second the Hush Puppies Phillipa. I have wide feet and they are very comfy.

makinglemonade Sun 17-Feb-13 11:26:54

Thanks all. So many suggestions I feel my credit card will get a beating soon!

I'm going to try having a few pairs at work and change as I need to. Maybe part of the problem is that my shoes aren't 'worn' and I need to train my feet!
Also going to have a look at proper insoles.

I generally avoid going out shopping/trying on as working in retail puts me off but I think I'll never know until I go out and try on lots of brands and styles. I'll report back any findings!

SoldeInvierno Sat 16-Feb-13 21:32:17

What about Aerosoles. I don't know whether you can get them in UK, but I have wide feet and these are the only heels I can wear all day and still find comfortable. I can even go shopping all day with my Aerosoles on and not suffer.

I have tried all sorts of shoes. Prada kitten heels are comfy if you can stand the pointy toes. (I cant) And I have a pair of Jimmy Choos which are my absolute favourite. Have worn them to an all day wedding and although sling backs and a high heel they are very well made and comfy.

OP hae you thought about having a couple of pairs of shoes at work, a pair of small heels and a higher heel and swap as the day/event goes on?

Milliways Sat 16-Feb-13 20:47:48

I have a Mortons Neuroma so shoes are a pain. However, I discovered Happy Feet insoles last year, and now I can get through a day without painkillers. I got my Mum some and she loves them too -but they are really weird until you get used to them - like wearing Moon Boots or walking on a bouncy castle! grin
Happy Feet

EuroShagmore Sat 16-Feb-13 20:41:45

I wear flats to work (ballet pumps in summer, boots in winter) and then change when I get there. I have an office job so I'm sitting down a lot and have some mega heels. smile

Downfall Sat 16-Feb-13 20:23:22

edam I think there are a lot of hotter haters out there, but I browsed in there today and thought 'oo, they look comfy and pretty..'. The things bunion pain will drive you to... blush smile

Downfall Sat 16-Feb-13 20:14:16

I went to shuropody and was fitted with a half pair of orthotics. The difference is very subtle, but I over pronate and collapse my arches in any shoes - flats or heels. Without the orthotic I feel pressure through the balls of my feet and knees; with the orthotic I feel pressure through my thigh and calf muscles and don't seem to 'tip' forward in my heels. Maybe take your favourite shoes somewhere similar to see if you can improve the comfort?

JacqueslePeacock Sat 16-Feb-13 19:31:06

I have all the same problems but I'm a size 9 (43)!! Even worse! If anyone even knows of a high street shoe shop that regularly stocks women's shoes this large, I'd love to know.

Chewbecca Sat 16-Feb-13 19:22:47

I have wear all day, comfy, wide fit heels from M&S, Clarks and Gabor.

All have dodgy styles but all have some good 'uns too.

ivanapoo Sat 16-Feb-13 17:46:24

Oh I thought of another brand - Pikolinos. About 90% of the styles are foul but if you can find one you like they're really comfy.

mintymellons Sat 16-Feb-13 11:46:54

I agree.

I'm a large 8 or 42. I live in Converse mainly. I need a nice pair of flat everyday stylish shoes, perhaps loafers or brogues. Ordered a great pair from Johnnie B (Boden), size 42 loafers, but they were too stiff and tight which was annoying as their shoes usually fit well.

deleted203 Sat 16-Feb-13 11:42:15

Inspired by this thread I've been shopping this morning and bought two pairs of Clarks shoes (in the sale, what's more grin). One pair of my usual 'trainer' types and a pair with a small heel that seemed comfy as I pranced round the shop in them.

I'll let you know after half term if they stand up to a days teaching!

edam Sat 16-Feb-13 08:23:30

Thank you for starting this thread and loads of gratitude to everyone who has posted. I had given up trying to find bearable heels and you have all renewed my hopes that there are shoes I can wear out there! smile Off to hunt for your suggestions...

PS I've been given a pair of Hotter shoes. They are a company that does comfy shoes for middle aged and elderly ladies but are trying to do 'younger' styles (i.e. younger than 50-somethings) so this pair I've got are a little prettier. Not good enough for anyone who is fashion forward by a long chalk but as a 40-something Mum with a job where you can choose how fashionable you want to be, I'm going to try them out... will report back!

Snowkey Sat 16-Feb-13 08:18:44

Feel your pain! Sandals or anything worn with bare feet are almost impossible. Cheap shoes are a definite no. Clarks are not great. I often have a look at Shoon - among the granny styles, they sometimes have gems in unusual Spanish & Italian brands worth a look if you have a store nearby. But god yes - how many pairs of shoes have I discarded because I end up with blisters. Banana Republic pumps are quite comfy, padded with soft leather.

Zoomania Sat 16-Feb-13 08:15:53

I have some really soft shoes from Jones that are made by camper. They have a heel and don't pinch or rub and can walk in them all day at work.
They are from a few seasons ago but look on their website...I think that the Kim model looks the same. They are currently on sale. Mmmm tempted now by a lovely chocolate pair.....

SilverSixpence Sat 16-Feb-13 08:06:09
SilverSixpence Sat 16-Feb-13 07:40:34

I have had some really nice heels from Miss L Fire, some of their styles are a bit too retro or bizarre but they also have some nice classic pairs which are very comfy.

If you have more money to spend, Chie Mihara heels are designed to be comfortable and are gorgeous.

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