Best sneakers for Disneyworld?

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  1. StacFace

    StacFace Earning My Ears

    Jan 12, 2019
    So my poor mom suffers really bad foot pain in disney. She tried her sketchers go walks and there were brutal. We both have back problems and she is overweight but currently losing. Which are the best sneakers for heel pain in disney?
  2. gap2368

    gap2368 DIS Veteran

    Feb 27, 2015
    This is really an individual thing what show work for one might make someone else feet hurt
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  4. StacFace

    StacFace Earning My Ears

    Jan 12, 2019
    hmmm. I saw something about asics and saw lots of people said yes to those. I guess I am just seeing if anyone else find a specific brand feels better for people who have back problems and heel pain
  5. design_mom

    design_mom probably more like my dad than I care to admit

    Feb 1, 2007
    My mom has plantar facitis and she swears by her Birkenstocks. I also have some foot and back pain (no specific diagnosis) and I find I do well will shoes with a cork footbed. (There are several brands that do.)
  6. SG131

    SG131 DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2017
    I second what was said above, it depends a lot on the person. I have some issues with my arch and my back so I get a good pair of sauconys stabilizing running shoes and that’s what I wear to walk. I would suggest going to a local running store and have them fit her for sneakers. She can tell them the issues she has and they can try to help her find what works for her. They are a bit more expensive but the one I’ve gone to has a great return policy.
  7. bigbabyblues

    bigbabyblues DIS Veteran

    Mar 25, 2004
    1000% this. The store I use watches you walk as well as looking at your feet.
  8. Gussie Granger 1969

    Gussie Granger 1969 Mouseketeer

    Feb 21, 2018
    My husband swears by foot inserts with arch support.
  9. Tigerlulu

    Tigerlulu DIS Veteran

    Sep 18, 2012
    Go to a running store.
    Look at Hoka One One and Asics. Also New Balance.
    They may have another brand or two for you to try on.
    But especially the hokas are like walking on clouds. They have a very thick sole and protect your feet and joints like crazy. People with PF swear by these brands. Running stores are very used to these issues.
    Make sure the store you go to carries these brands though. Most do, occasionally some will omit some. A quick web search will let you know.
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  10. disney212

    disney212 DIS Veteran

    Apr 15, 2011
    I have had back surgery, arthritis and vascular issues due to multiple blood clots in one leg. I love my birkenstocks but not at the parks. I swear by Echo Bioms, only shoe i can wear that doesn't make me miserable. my feet are also in the wide side. We were at the parks in December for 8 days and walked 8 to 15 miles a day. I was sore but not in misery. I wish you luck, bad feet are awful. It
  11. Maggie'sMom

    Maggie'sMom DIS Veteran

    Feb 26, 2008
    I agree with the previous posters that recommending a running store. The best shoe is really an individual thing. What works for one person might make another person's pain worse. I had/have bad plantar fasciitis and was in excruciating foot pain at WDW several years back. I went to a podiatrist and used the inserts they recommended, only to end up in even more pain. Then I went to a running store. They fitted me with arch supports and shoes that were the best kind for my feet. I can still get pain from time to time, but it's much better than it was.
  12. mamabunny

    mamabunny DIS Veteran

    Oct 11, 2012
    Your mom needs to go see a podiatrist - a foot doctor. S/he will recommend the best shoe for your mom's feet. Some podiatrists have a "house discount" at local New Balance stores (may require a "prescription" from the doctor to show at the store, depends on the local store).

    What works for one person works for... one person. I can't wear New Balance shoes at all - the arch support is inadequate for me, and is oddly, enough in the wrong place. I do much better with Nikes - but that's just me. My sister-in-law swears by Keds, of all things, and our adult daughter wears only Vans.

    Seriously, encourage her go see a podiatrist; it could make a huge difference for her. :)
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  13. theluckyrabbit

    theluckyrabbit Moderator Moderator

    Jul 23, 2012
    Agree with the suggestion to get fitted at a good running store. One of the well known and respected running stores by us has orthotics that they guarantee. We have a lot of friends who started out getting fitted for good shoes (the right shoes for them) and orthotics for RunDisney events, but now they swear by those orthotics in all their shoes. And hang in there -- foot pain is a tough thing to work out and to beat. Sometimes there isn't one easy fix. But it can get better!
  14. Disneytrish

    Disneytrish Earning My Ears

    Feb 2, 2008
    definitely a personal thing but I recently bought a pair of Brooks sneakers and they are the most comfortable I have ever worn!! I am going to try them at Disney in 9 days and hope they make my feet feel better.
  15. ttintagel

    ttintagel DIS Veteran

    Nov 28, 2011
    Again, individual needs and solutions vary greatly, but I just thought I'd toss this out there: some people (myself included) benefit from bringing several different pairs of shoes and either changing each day or partway through each day.
    Last trip I took Nike Air Max running shoes, Crocs clogs (can't remember the style name, but they were shaped kind of like Dutch wooden shoes), and thick-soled Keds with foam insoles.
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  16. kirstenb1

    kirstenb1 DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2010
    I love my Asics!! I haven't tried the Hokas, but have seen people wearing them at the gym. They do have a super amount of cushioning, which is a great help, especially walking many miles like at WDW. I agree with many other posters, she would be smart to go to a running shoe store. They can analyze her gait, and see if there are any abnormalities, which might be contributing to the back pain. They make shoes to correct for over pronation, supination, etc.
  17. Kimrlav

    Kimrlav Mouseketeer

    Jul 24, 2017
    I am overweight with plantar fasciitis and low back pain. The best sneakers/running shoes for me have been from the Brooks brand. The company is great with a generous return policy. I was able to order several pairs and try them out to determine the best fit for me. I bought two pairs about 8 weeks before the Disney trip and used them around the neighborhood to break them in. It was my first trip to Disney without suffering from blisters and pain. Good Luck!

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