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Old 05-02-2013, 11:23 AM   #16
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Have you looked into Birkenstock Sandles? I love their clogs but unfortunately can't fit into the ladies sandles. They don't make them in my size. (Size 11.5 )
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:38 AM   #17
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Have you tried gel inserts in any brand of shoes? You may need to wear a larger size shoe to accommodate the inserts.

A nurse told me that feet are not really a matching pair, so one shoe might be comfortable on one foot, but the matching shoe might not work for your other foot. She also said that podiatrists recommend orthotics for all adults by age 40.
My podiatrist has never recommended orthotics to me. (The old one didn't, either.) They did recommend I go to the local store which specializes in fitting people with foot problems and conditions such as diabetes for advice. My son had stress fractures and I took him there first of all for fitting with New Balance shoes, and later to an actual New Balance store because he has trouble finding shoes in his size.

The whole family wears New Balance now. I bought two brand new pairs of New Balance 846s just before my last trip. They needed no breaking in and were so comfortable I've bought at least six more pairs since then. I'm headed to the New Balance store to get some new shoes for my next trip!
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:10 PM   #18
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Our last trip we both got a pair of Sanuks. By far the best shoes we've ever worn in Disney. Not a single blister this time. It was like walking on air the whole time.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:11 PM   #19
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I have flat feet, plantar fasciticis and achilles tendon issues, I use new balance shoes but they tend to get too hot, last trip I used orthoheels flip flops they take a few weeks to break in a bit but I had no trouble with them
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:17 PM   #20
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Bernie Mevs. I found them for the first time at a store out in CA last year, and the lady told me that a ton of people buy them for DL; hiking; trips to Europe, etc. and that once people buy them, they always wind up coming back for more of those shoes. I can see why. I alternated between 2 pairs (an open toe and a closed toe) for our week at WDW last year, and they were by far the best shoes I have ever worn at WDW. My feet weren't even tired at the end of the night and we are open to close park people, so my feet are usually aching by the end of the day. If you buy them, know that they run a little small, so you might need to go up a size. Also, you definitely want to wear them around for a few hours, before wearing them for a whole day. The first time you wear them, they will hurt a little after a while because they need a few hours to stretch out and conform to your foot. The 2nd time you put them on, they will be perfect. We have a local store that sells them now, and the manager told me they are absolutely their best selling shoes. They come in several different colors. I almost always get compliments from strangers when I wear my silver ones. Someone is always asking where I got them.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #21
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I second the Teva original mush - you can get them on the Teva website with free shipping. I cannot find a pair of shoes that are comfortable. Flip flops always work best for me and Tevas are the best. Great support, wide enough for my wide feet, and also they don't make my feet sweat more like many shoes do. I can't wear rubber flip flops because of this, and unfortunately the sanuk yoga mats (which were very comfortable) just would not work for me because I would end up slipping and sliding in them all day. Good luck!

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Old 05-04-2013, 07:55 PM   #23
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Yellow Box flip flops. I am heavier set and wore Yellow Box everyday I was at Disney this past October (alternated between three different pairs). LOVED THEM!!!! My feet did not hurt at all!!!

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Old 05-04-2013, 10:54 PM   #24
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Topsiders for casual. Three pairs to rotate and keep fresh changing shoes twice a day.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:30 PM   #25
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I just purchased a pair of Olukai Ohana flip flops today for my Disney trip and they are incredible. Can't wait to wear them!
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:09 AM   #26
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I wear Merrel hiking boots in the parks. They give me tons of support so my feet and knees don't ache. In addition, my every day sneakers (Asics Gel Nimbus) gave me blisters, my hiking boots didn't. Sandal folks may think their feet would be too hot in hiking boots. I would be miserable and hurting in sandals. I'll take hot feet to hurting feet and knees any day!
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:10 AM   #27
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I have flat feet, plantar fasciticis and achilles tendon issues, I use new balance shoes but they tend to get too hot, last trip I used orthoheels flip flops they take a few weeks to break in a bit but I had no trouble with them
Try some different socks with your New Balance, the kind that wick moisture away from your feet. Carry a spare pair so you can change partway through the day. That works for me!
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:58 PM   #28
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I always wear Birkenstocks to the parks when the weather is warm enough. I usually take two pairs, just in case, but my feet generally do fine in the same pair the whole trip, and that's something because we usually go for a month.

I like Clarks clogs when the weather is cold. Even on our long trips in the fall, I never need them every day, but I'll pull them out every once in a while.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:46 PM   #29
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I am way more comfortable in sandals than sneakers for that much walking. My feet swell a bit and the sneakers just get too tight.

I like Merrel, Teva and Keen for comfortable walking sandals.
I agree! I loved my Reefs for walking in the parks. I actually bought Crocs flip flops and shoes to switch into, but they ended up giving me blisters and I wore my Reef sandals the entire time!

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We use the Teva mush flip-flops. Super comfy!
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