Need some new shoes. Any suggestions?

David Ely

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Well ... it's time to buy some new shoes. I haven't started looking around yet, but I was wondering if you guys could recommend certain brands to look at.
I want a comfortable, casual type of shoe. Definitely not a running shoe or fancy dress shoe. I'll be wearing them to work, and when I get together with friends. My work atmosphere is extremely casual (a lot of people wear running shoes) so they don't need to be fancy at all. Basically, I want a pair of shoes that look nice.
I rarely ever wear jeans (maybe a couple times in the year). I'll usually wear khakis or something similar.
So .... any suggestions?
 

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Try the brand ECCO.
They are not running shoes, they come in many styles which are not fancy. They are, above all, the most comfortable shoes I own, and my wife also wears this brand often and thinks they are the most comfortable she has.
I think I bought a pair at a Macy's in SF, and I bought my most recent pair at a store called The Walk Shop in Berkeley.
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I would second ECCO. But, thier prices are much inflated over other shoes out there. But, they are beyond compare as far as comfort goes.
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For casual/skater shoes, I like Airwalk or Vans... both are real comfortable, nice styling, not too expensive...

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I'll second Airwalk. I love thier shoes. I don't skate, but I wear Airwalks because of their durability, understated style and price. They're comfortable and take lots of abuse. I've seen a bunch of new models in stores, so the older ones might be on sale. I got mine for $30 Canadian, that's a steal considering how expensive shoes can be.
 

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jeremyP: Are your airwalks the beige ones from SportsChek? hehe.. i have 2 pairs one was a cheap $30 pair, okay styling, great fit, very comfortable after it was broken in... My other pair is a more expensive $60 CAD shoe, much better style, and way better fit, because it had this like elastic material inside like a sock connected to the shoe... it was like the 2000 Bucky Lasek 3 from Airwalk...

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I'm a Timberland fan myself. I've got three pair: one that's 10 years old (I got them in high school!), one that's 6 years old, and one that's 6 months old. With a little polish and TLC, these shoes last forever. And they have many styles in the comfy-casual category.
 

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I adore my Vans. One of the local stores had a "buy one pair, get the second for half price" sale, and I scored two pairs for $45 or so. These are my favorite shoes that I've ever owned, though I'm...not really the type of person to get excited about that sort of thing...
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Comfort and support make a big difference at the end of the day and in the future. I recently bought the Deer Stag (Apex) with a special "sock" that is like walking on sand. ($55 on sale.)
 

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If you really want casual, you can get a pair of Merrill Aqua Mocs for $30 online... No socks needed, no shoelaces, just slide 'em on and go... Rubber sole, well ventilated upper..
Actually, they're made for watersports, but hey I like to use them when my leather hiking boots get soaked (they're not waterproof) or just around camp or stuff. Of course, where I work it's all casual and I could get away wearing my bike clothes that I bike to work in but it would look kind of funny...

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Hmmm...
I love my Birks sandals for non-office time, but I still gotta wear shoes on the job...so here's my recommendation...
Birkenstock Footprints...never knew Birks also made shoes...they have a ton of styles, a bit expensive, but they are super comfortable...I love em. I still wear my Doc Martens on occasion (another comfortable shoe) but I prefer these guys...
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http://www.fluvog.com/
One of the girls I lived with in New York got me hooked on John Fluvog's shoes. Wide selection, from hip to dressy. worth a look.
went in last week and got 2 pair for my GF on a good sale.
 

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Try going to a Roots store near you. Nice thick leather.
I agree with Timberland too.
Brent L
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Wow, 14 replies, its next to a Twin Peaks post and still no-one has gone 'new shoes' 'new shoes' for alleged comic effect.
And I like Airwalks as well...
 

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I'm a Rockport man myself. Their casual shoes are really quite comfortable. I haven't been disappointed with either the comfort or wear from the last three pairs I bought.
Wade
 

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I've got a merrell half-clog type dealy and it's the best bloody shoe in the world.
it's not completely open at the back, but it's only got about a centimeter and a half sticking up. they feel just like slippers and they're so light. You can do anything in them too, I even run in them occasionally.
Head down to the nearest R+R they have some nice shoes and carry Ecco, Merrell, and Timberland.
 

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