Comfy shoes for the parks?

Discussion in 'Disney World Tips' started by kaitmarie, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. kaitmarie

    kaitmarie I want adventure in the great wide somewhere...

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    Hey everyone, I am trying to find nice, comfy shoes for my trip in May/June.

    I have super flat, narrow feet and really bad joint problems, so I need a good arch and something comfy. If I don't have good shoes my hips begin to slide out. I don't want anything slowing me down at WDW! But, I am in my mid twenties and I love shoes. I'd love ballet flats or something else cute I can wear over and over. I really don't like sneakers. I've never found ones that don't hurt or make me sweat like crazy. And I tend to wear dresses, so sneakers don't look the best.

    I'm convinced that stylish orthopedic shoes don't exist!

    I know you guys have to know of good shoes to walk around Disney! What do you wear at Disney?
     
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  3. jemmouse

    jemmouse DIS Veteran

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    I am in my early 40's and I also LOVE cute shoes BUT sometimes you need to think of your health first. If your feet are as bad as you say then honestly I hate to say it but a running shoe with significant arch support is the best way to go. Go to a running store and they can fit you with the best one. Now I am sure you are thinking no way, so my next suggestion would be Keen sandals or Dansko, and even Merrell....

    I can't tell you enough that if you don't start now with good foot care you will not have good results later in 30's or 40's...sorry:flower3:

    Honestly if you look at majority of people in the parks, you will find gym shoes...again I get the cute shoes but save those for the pool and dinner...

    GOod luck and hope your feet feel better with some good shoes...
     
  4. jenniy122

    jenniy122 Mouseketeer

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    get keen or dansko mary janes. cute with dresses, easy on the feet.

    look here for other options. all their styles are good for your feet and alignment.
     
  5. RSWA2

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    I'm not a female, so I can't chime in about what goes well with a dress...

    But, I second some above comments about running shoes. I am a casual runner. I too have a low arch and I found that if I don't have enough arch support, my feet, then eventually hips hurt. I found that running shoes that have cushioning are the best as opposed to support, which helps if you have weak ankles or knees. If you go to your local running shoe store, they'll fit a shoe to you, based on your feet and gait. It can make a world of difference.

    In the mean time, you can always google Gel Nimbus for females and see what they look like, they are a fairly affordable cushioned shoe.
     
  6. ddean1968

    ddean1968 Earning My Ears

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    I just purchased so Ryka SPORT WALKER ADVANCE sneakers for my wife and she swears by their comfort right out of the box. Every review I have read for them has been base don the comfort, so I chanced it and she loves them.
     
  7. Itinkso

    Itinkso Faith.Trust.Pixie Dust

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    I wear Ryka cross trainers, Revive, and switch off with Keen sandals. I need a good arch support and both of these provide it. Ryka can be hard to find - I now get them at Famous Footwear.
     
  8. julsmom

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    Last time at WDW I wore basic canvas Toms. They were super comfortable. Then at DL last fall I wore a pair of Michael Kors flats (comfy) and Jack Rogers sandals (also comfy). The main thing is to make sure your shoes are broken in.
     
  9. AshleeH

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    Usually I'll wear my broken in New Balance tennis shoes. This year I brought my (broken in) Teva Mush flip flops, thinking that I could wear them in the morning and the NB's at night - or vice versa. I ended up wearing the Tevas the entire trip! The NB's never even made it out of my bag. I loved it though, because now I know I can do the same thing when we go to California this year and free up some space where the socks and tennis shoes would have been (and that will be valued space with the number of days we'll be gone lol!).
     
  10. pammydw

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    We were at the world in October. I wore my Birkenstocks. Very comfy. I never had tired or sore feet. Although, I can't say if these are good shoes for the issues you have, but they worked great for me. Good luck!
     
  11. bellamicia

    bellamicia Earning My Ears

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    I have just had a disney shoe epiphany! After working in a job for 11 years where I am on my feet for 9-14 hours a day(in heels!) and working this job into the 9th month of pregnancy twice, I have some serious foot issues. We are going to Disney in April, and I was really concerned about finding some comfortable shoes. On these boards, I saw a lot of Merrill/Teva/Crocs(aaak!) recommendations, but I really like something not so earthy and prefer a closed toe. I did a LOT of research online and ended up ordering a pair from a company called arcopedico in a style called "L14" I've worn them for about 5 days now, and they are AMAZING! They have the look of a ballet flat with a bit of a wedge. The foot-bed is entirely molded and has AWESOME arch support(so hard to find in a ballet-flat style shoe!) The upper is a very sturdy yet extremely breathable cloth. They are very lightweight and small for packing. I tend to not wear shorts in spring/summer, but tend to go more for casual sundresses, and these look great with both. They were a little expensive, but actually in-line/a bit cheaper than the previously recommended brands. I got them from the big Z, so shipping was free and super fast. I hope this helps!
     
  12. wiigirl

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    I love TOMS...my favorite and most comfortable shoes.
     
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    :thumbsup2 I love TOMS...my favorite and most comfortable shoes. I have 6 pair! :thumbsup2:cool1::cheer2:
     
  14. jme829

    jme829 Proud mother of 3.....4 if you include my husband!

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    I have just started wearing Skechers Go Walk and Skechers Go Run. I am going to get them for the whole family for our upcoming trip in August (first in 7 years :cool1:).

    They are both super comfortable and feel like slippers. Extremely light weight. the Go Run support a midfoot strike. The are made to be like being barefoot, yet have a lot of support. They have lots of fun (and plain) colors.

    Both are priced in the $50-60 range so pretty affordable. I got mine at Famous Footwear, but if you have a Skechers store nearby, they have a much bigger selection.
     
  15. ryalluvdiz

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    Love my GoRun sneakers....i too will buy the GoWalk for my upcoming trip... Comfy and cute!
     
  16. mamabear0222

    mamabear0222 Countdown to 2014 trip

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    I must try these.....they look interesting. I currently wear acis but they are heavy shoes...

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  17. ryalluvdiz

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    They are sooooo light... You will love them!
     
  18. mamabear0222

    mamabear0222 Countdown to 2014 trip

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    As long as they are supportive I'll try them. I walk/run 3 -5 times a week. I can break them in :-)

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  19. ryalluvdiz

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    I've run a few 5ks in them... Very supportive...
     
  20. mamabear0222

    mamabear0222 Countdown to 2014 trip

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    Are these the shoes you run in now?? I'm excited to try them!! There's a few different gorun when I googled. Is there a difference?

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  21. emmsmama

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    Has anybody worn Vibrams to the parks? I wore Tevas last time and hope to pick up another pair when I'm in FL, but I just remembered my Vibrams, but I'm not sure if they'd be comfy for a whole day in the parks.
     

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