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Old 09-08-2012, 11:20 PM   #1
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Walking shoes

Do you think that there is such a thing as a comfy walking shoe that also does not look like it was intended for some sort of recovery therapy or that is not a sneaker or is this just a myth?

I'd love to hear your recommendations (or see pics) of shoes/boots you think would be both comfy and attractive for my late December-early January trip?

Just for fun, let's pretend price is not a concern

Thanks!
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:10 AM   #2
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Do you think that there is such a thing as a comfy walking shoe that also does not look like it was intended for some sort of recovery therapy or that is not a sneaker or is this just a myth?
I'm pretty sure it's just a myth! I've been having some foot pain while exercising and recently bought a pair of New Balance sneakers on the reccomendation of a friend. According to her podiatrist nothing comes close to New Balance in terms of support and stability. I tried on several pairs and ended up with 623s ... they're plain white, which I hate, and my size 9.5 feet look like big old boats in them. But they incredibly comfy and my foot pain has literally disappeared overnight. So when I go to WDW (in 10 days!!!!!) I'll be leaving my super cute bright orange K-Swiss sneakers at home and touring the parks in the big white boats!
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:36 AM   #3
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I bought an amazing pair of Ryka shoes for our upcoming trip. They're the Desire model and feel like slippers on my feet. They're made specifically for women, and these are super light and airy. My feet get really hot in traditional shoes and socks, so these are great.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:54 AM   #4
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I bought an amazing pair of Ryka shoes for our upcoming trip. They're the Desire model and feel like slippers on my feet. They're made specifically for women, and these are super light and airy. My feet get really hot in traditional shoes and socks, so these are great.
Ooh... I want some Rykas!!

A Dec/Jan trip warrants sneakers I think but I ALWAYS pack my Teva mush flip flops and have no trouble walking all day in those.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:07 PM   #5
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We are going in Oct and I bought croc Adrina flats. I didnt want to deal with socks and hot shoes and especially water rides. Ive worn them 6 days straight after buying them. Now I just need to find another color!
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:59 PM   #6
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I've been having some foot pain while exercising and recently bought a pair of New Balance sneakers on the reccomendation of a friend. According to her podiatrist nothing comes close to New Balance in terms of support and stability. I tried on several pairs and ended up with 623s ... they're plain white, which I hate, and my size 9.5 feet look like big old boats in them. But they incredibly comfy and my foot pain has literally disappeared overnight. So when I go to WDW (in 10 days!!!!!) I'll be leaving my super cute bright orange K-Swiss sneakers at home and touring the parks in the big white boats!
lol -- my feet are around the same size and I know what you mean about looking like boats. I think you're right, a good looking/comfy non-sneaker shoe does not exist, sneakers are likely the best way to go. I'm so jealous, my trip is in 111 days! Have a great time on yours

alc571 -- Thanks for the info about Ryka, I've looked up where they sell them here and I'll have to go try some on.

esquared -- I did bring my Teva's last time, and they were great, but it got so cold on our Dec 2010 trip that I'm afraid to bring anything I can't wear socks with this time around. Hmm...maybe I'll get some croc sneakers.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:06 PM   #7
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Many of the European brands are attractive yet good for walking: Finn Comfort, Birkinstocks, Think to name a few. Good luck finding a pair you like!
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Just returned from France and wore Dr.Scholls Joliet in black metallic stripe. These are by far the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. I have had back problems for 25 years, since I was a teenager. I had NO back paid with these. The added benefit is that they looked like simple black ballet flats.
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I'm so jealous, my trip is in 111 days! Have a great time on yours
Thanks! I can hardly wait!! Your trip will be here before you know it. We started our countdown somewhere over 200 days and now it's right around the corner. I can't believe how fast the time has flown by. And I really think the anticipation is half the fun!
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We are going in Oct and I bought croc Adrina flats. I didnt want to deal with socks and hot shoes and especially water rides. Ive worn them 6 days straight after buying them. Now I just need to find another color!
I'm taking these exact shoes with me! I never got a chance to try them out for a day at DL, but worn them for shopping and more and they're so comfortable. I'm going to pick up a pair of brown or white before leaving in a couple weeks.
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Have you looked at Born's?? http://www.bornshoes.com/ViewAll.asp...o=1&SortType=P They have many different styles.
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Sometimes there are sandals which are comfy enough and can last you a long time. Go to Zappos.com they have some decent shoes there. I have some great sandals that are perfect for walking in. But for colder seasons you can find some decent sneakers that are fashionable and comfy. Good Luck.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:24 PM   #13
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These are the only shoes I wear in Disney now. I actually live in them at home too - from beginning of spring until end of fall. Not very good in the snow
They are the most comfortable shoes for walking miles and miles. Also I believe EMS is having a sale on them - I got my new pair the other day for $20!

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Thanks for all the suggestions I looked up the birkenstocks and finn comfort brands, but they were mostly open shoes and for this trip I want to bring a couple of different closed toe shoes for warmth. I do have nice Croc flip flops and a pair of Teva sandals, I'll bring one of these in case it's really nice weather some of the days.

figment814 - I REALLY liked that Dr. Scholls model you mentioned, it looks super comfy too.

DakotaRose -- I liked the Annibel and Aronika models of Borns, thanks for mentioning them.

Moobar -- $20 for Teva's is awesome! I have a pair too and I love them, but I want something closed toed or something I can wear socks with for this round.
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:39 AM   #15
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I went to a specialty runners store recently and asked about the walking shoes, their suggestion was a great running shoe makes a great walking shoe as well.. I ended up with some saucony edges very comfortable, they actually had me walk with out shoes and looked at how my feet lay as I walk before having me try several pairs before selecting the ones I mentioned. See if their is any good runners shoe store in your area
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