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Old June 15th, 2008, 12:29 PM   #1
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Comfortable Shoes?

Hey folks,

I've got to find some more comfortable shoes for these long weddings. The bottoms of my feet feel like they've been beaten by a baseball bat.

I'm looking for suggestions on what are the best brand of shoes to wear in our line of work. Thanks for any help.

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Old June 15th, 2008, 03:18 PM   #2
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I wear black leather Nike trainers. customers seem to understand.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 03:33 PM   #3
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I wear black Puma's canvas style shoes. They are very comfortable.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 04:23 PM   #4
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Kevin,

I don't do weddings, but I do have long days on my feet. My shoe shop recommended Ecco Men's Track II - I believe the style is called "Low Oxford", and they cost me an arm and a leg. Well, $200-ish (approx.). He sells them mainly to postmen and shop workers.

I thought it was expensive, but they have out-lasted any $50 or $100 shoes I've ever owned - four years and counting now!

I have a brown pair and a black pair, and they look very presentable for business and formal occasions. I can spend all day on my feet and never get sore, and I used to suffer from really bad foot pain in trainers or cheaper shoes. I wear them in the office, wear them on walking holidays, and wear them when out videoing as well.

I think you can pick up this brand in the USA - try them out, see how they go for you!
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Old June 15th, 2008, 07:31 PM   #5
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I don't do weddings but suffer from sore feet and swear by Birkenstock shoes & clogs - German, expensive, weird looking but SOOOOO comfortable. I don't wear anything else now.

http://www.birkenstockusa.com/

find a retailer near you and try them out - I regularly wear the Super Birki, a favourite of chef's & nurses

BTW - They're a lot cheaper in the USA, I'm paying nearly double here!!!
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Old June 15th, 2008, 08:06 PM   #6
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I'm throwing this out for the sake of argument, but aren't we supposed to look our best on shoots, I feel that rubber shoes/clogs, or any other kind apart from formal leather shoes is inappropriate for weddings despite us being vendors.

Surely there are stylish, comfortable leather suggestions.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 10:07 PM   #7
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I wear black leather shoes from Dr. Scholl's. They have built-in gel inserts and are quite comfortable. I typically shoot 10-12 hours (sometimes more) on a wedding day, and these shoes have held up beautifully.

I had a pair of Skechers beforehand and they were terrible. Get comfortable but good-looking shoes.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 10:33 PM   #8
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Boys...if I can walk around in some black high heels for the day, I'm sure some of you can ditch the clogs, sneaks and sandals! ;-)
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Old June 15th, 2008, 10:40 PM   #9
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I wear Bostonians with Dr. Scholls Gel inserts. My feet don't really start hurting until about the 9th hr or so... I recommend them.
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Boys...if I can walk around in some black high heels for the day, I'm sure some of you can ditch the clogs, sneaks and sandals! ;-)
Kelsey, I do so hope you are a woman!
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Old June 16th, 2008, 12:44 AM   #11
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I wear Bostonians with Dr. Scholls Gel inserts. My feet don't really start hurting until about the 9th hr or so... I recommend them.
Now that you mention it, that's the exact shoe I'm wearing I think. I couldn't remember the brand of the shoe, but I knew it had the inserts. Bostonians sounds right. Good shoes.
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Old June 16th, 2008, 12:45 AM   #12
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Boys...if I can walk around in some black high heels for the day, I'm sure some of you can ditch the clogs, sneaks and sandals! ;-)
You have a point, although I doubt you're running with a camera on a steadicam and lugging around 50-60 pounds of equipment with those heels on, right?
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Old June 16th, 2008, 01:53 AM   #13
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Surely there are stylish, comfortable leather suggestions.
Have a look at Cole Haan's line of Nike Air shoes. Good looking shoes and I find them to be very comfortable for long hours on my feet. (They can get pretty expensive, but I think my feet are worth spending money on)
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Old June 16th, 2008, 02:53 AM   #14
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I'm throwing this out for the sake of argument, but aren't we supposed to look our best on shoots, I feel that rubber shoes/clogs, or any other kind apart from formal leather shoes is inappropriate for weddings despite us being vendors.

Surely there are stylish, comfortable leather suggestions.
Hence my post recommending the Eccos.

Comfortable, track-grade footwear that comes in black or brown. I use the black ones for any formal occasion I have to attend. Keep 'em polished and they look very smart.
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Old June 16th, 2008, 02:58 AM   #15
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I wear waiter's shoes. They have leather uppers, non-slip and so comfortable. Cost around $50. I've got 3 pairs. Had them over 12 months and they're still like new.

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