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Janine
09-19-2012, 01:43 PM
I wear my sneakers all the time. They are particularly comfortable for the 3.6-mile round trip that is home to daycare to work to daycare to home. We love this walk! We go through the University of Kentucky campus, which has interesting landscaping and lots of paths to explore. We've been doing this since we changed daycares in April. There's even a grocery store a few blocks from our route, so I can pick up emergency bananas if we run out. (Danger! Never leave the house with toddlers and without bananas!)

It rained on Monday and Tuesday this week, which reminded me that sneakers with mesh panels at the toe are not the best thing to walk in when it rains.

Can anyone recommend good urban walking shoes (mostly pavement, some grass and packed dirt paths) that are waterproof, have wide toe boxes, have good arch support (or removable insoles that I can replace), are comfortable enough for all-day wear, and are cute? I have a pair of Keen boots that I like a lot, but they are well-worn and probably should be replaced.

Actually, if you have recommendations for insoles, too, that would rock. I usually just get whatever brand the shoe store sells. Sometimes they work out and sometimes they don't.

Thanks!
Janine

ps. I loved all the great advice on the "what shoes do you pack" thread!

Lani
09-19-2012, 02:45 PM
Janine -- I'm particular to shoes by Brooks, and they sell a couple of running shoe models that are waterproof. They use GoreTex, and they use the "GTX" suffix on their shoe models. I don't know that these would work for you, but they may be the kind of feature to look out for.

Their regular Adrenaline model: Brooks Adrenaline (http://www.zappos.com/brooks-adrenaline-gts-12-white-nightshadow-powder-blue-stonewash-silver-black)

Their GoreTex version of the same shoe: Brooks Adrenaline (http://www.zappos.com/brooks-adrenaline-asr-gore-tex-turquoise-black-shadow-silver)

As for insoles, it depends on what your're looking for. If you're looking for good arch supports and cushioning, you might try Superfeet insoles. If you want to spend a lot of money, the SOLE brand (designed by runner Dean Karnazes) is pretty nifty. You actually put your SOLE insoles in the oven for a couple of minutes to soften them up, and then you stand on them to get a custom orthotic-type fit. You can buy both brands at an REI store.

123veo
09-19-2012, 03:29 PM
I live in Vancouver BC, so consider myself something of an expert in rain-proof footwear! I have 2 pairs of reliable shoes: New Balance W955 in Goretex and a pair of Blundstone Chunks. In fall/winter/spring, when the deluge does not let up, I live in my Blundstones. They take a wee bit of breaking-in, but once broken, they are the quintessential wet weather shoe. Here is a link that shows you all of the different varieties available (it's a link to my local dealer, but it's layed out quite nicely): Blundstone | Australian Boot Company | Largest selection of Blundstone boots, R.M.Williams boots and UGG boots outside Australia (http://www.australianboot.com/blundstone/)

Tlacltme
09-19-2012, 05:00 PM
I wear Dansko Clogs exclusively all winter long, the closed heel "Professional" oiled leather model. I've suffered from plantar fasciitis in the recent past and I've found the Danskos have really good arch support (i must wear insoles in my sneakers/running shoes- shucks, can't remember the brand) and, while not technically "waterproof" (they are leather), I've never had a problem with my socks getting wet while wearing them. HTH! Good luck! It's tough to find just the right shoe :)

dorayme
09-19-2012, 05:11 PM
I prefer the fit/feel/construction of Sanita every since Dansko lost their patent. I have quite a few pair of Dansko pre-patent loss and 2 pair post patent. I love them, wear them year round, and in the professional style haven't had any issues with my feet getting wet. I'm curious to see what you end up with Janine.

Tlacltme
09-19-2012, 06:19 PM
ps the orthotic insoles are "Powerstep Pinnacle." They were recommended by an independent running shoe store and have really helped me a lot.

Janine
09-19-2012, 07:34 PM
ps the orthotic insoles are "Powerstep Pinnacle." They were recommended by an independent running shoe store and have really helped me a lot.

Hey, thanks!

I think this is the brand that my local running store carries. I got a pair a few years ago, and the man who fitted me started with larger insoles and cut them down to fit. He actually had to cut 3 pairs because my left and right arches didn't line up with the arches in the same size of left and right insoles. That's customer service, huh?

Janine
09-19-2012, 07:36 PM
I'm glad you mentioned Danskos. I have been eyeing the Professional clogs. I think they would make a great everyday shoe for me. The only reason that I don't have a pair is that I'm too chicken to pay for them, LOL. Maybe now is the time to face my fears?

Janine
09-19-2012, 07:46 PM
I live in Vancouver BC, so consider myself something of an expert in rain-proof footwear! I have 2 pairs of reliable shoes: New Balance W955 in Goretex and a pair of Blundstone Chunks. In fall/winter/spring, when the deluge does not let up, I live in my Blundstones. They take a wee bit of breaking-in, but once broken, they are the quintessential wet weather shoe. Here is a link that shows you all of the different varieties available (it's a link to my local dealer, but it's layed out quite nicely): Blundstone | Australian Boot Company | Largest selection of Blundstone boots, R.M.Williams boots and UGG boots outside Australia (http://www.australianboot.com/blundstone/)

Ooooh! Blundstones look very interesting, and your location really does give you instant respect on the waterproof footwear issue. Thank you for the link!

Janine
09-19-2012, 07:55 PM
Hey Lani. I've got Brooks sneakers right now and they work pretty well. Thanks for the names of other insoles and the GoreTex recommendation - now I've got some things to look for!

123veo
09-19-2012, 08:18 PM
Oh yes, Sanitas rock too. I have the professional clogs in black leather. They are incredible shoes that I wear to work and they certainly can handle rain. But, I'm still partial to the Blunnies, particularly when it is rainingrainingrainingraining and there might be mud, or big puddles, or big, wet, sloppy dogs stepping all over your toes.

bltkmt
09-20-2012, 06:01 AM
+1 on the Blundstones...I live in CT and pretty much live in my Blunnies during Fall/Winter/Spring (I have two pair). I also love the Salomon Goretex trail running shoes...very comfortable and waterproof.

dwright17
09-20-2012, 10:10 AM
Janine, if you buy the Dansko professional clogs at REI and don't like them, you can return them even after you've worn them (as long as you're a member). REI is great about that, and a large reason why I get shoes there whenever I can.

Janine
09-20-2012, 11:41 AM
Janine, if you buy the Dansko professional clogs at REI and don't like them, you can return them even after you've worn them (as long as you're a member). REI is great about that, and a large reason why I get shoes there whenever I can.

No kidding! That's definitely something to consider. Hubby was an REI member for a while. I wonder if his membership is up-to-date....

Janine
09-20-2012, 11:44 AM
Is there any difference between Danskos and Sanitas? They look an awful lot alike.

falconea
09-20-2012, 02:37 PM
I'm very attached to my New Balance 978s. Comfortable, comes in various widthsm, and waterproof!

Audrey

dorayme
09-20-2012, 05:07 PM
There used to be no difference other than choices in finish/material, but now there is in structure. Dansko lost the patent to the footbed, last and sole for their stapled clogs. Sanita has the patent. Now the clogs for Dansko are made in China, Sanitas are still made in Denmark. Dansko's are now wider at the heel cup and toe box. Some have complained that the new Dansko last squeaks over time, though I haven't had this problem. If you are used to the original fit, then the new fit may not work as well. here's (http://shoeinsider.blogspot.com/2009/08/dansko-vs-sanita-whats-difference.html) an article on the deets.

blackfungi
09-21-2012, 02:45 AM
i am a mailman and i have tried many brands. for the prize and comfort, i have chosen KEEN shoes for my work now. waterproof, light and very boxy up front in the shoes for the toes. keen does not use goretex. they use their own technology and it works and therefore keen waterproof shoes aren't as expensive as goretexed shoes. you should try a pair on. KEEN.

Janine
09-21-2012, 09:10 AM
Thanks for the link, @dorayme! Nice, concise, and informative!

Janine
09-21-2012, 09:12 AM
KEEN.

Yeah! I just found a pair of waterproof KEENs in black and purple. I have a pair of KEEN boots that I like well, but they aren't waterproof (found that out the hard way and had soggy feet all day!). The fit is very good, though, so I thought I'd give this brand another try.

dorayme
09-21-2012, 07:34 PM
No kidding! That's definitely something to consider. Hubby was an REI member for a while. I wonder if his membership is up-to-date....

I thought REI membership is lifetime. . . I could be mistaken though.

Janine
09-21-2012, 08:08 PM
I thought REI membership is lifetime. . . I could be mistaken though.

You are mistaken about being mistaken! REI memberships are indeed for life. Were they always for life, or were they annual memberships long ago?

earth5
09-21-2012, 09:08 PM
You are mistaken about being mistaken! REI memberships are indeed for life. Were they always for life, or were they annual memberships long ago?

I remember being told when I signed up 10ish years ago that they were for life as long as you made 1 purchase a year. However, I don't think the purchase/year thing is the case, because my best friend's membership is still valid, and I know he didn't shop at REI when he lived on the east coast. You should still be good

KmK
09-22-2012, 01:14 PM
I love Keens for my preferred casual footwear...you can find them with a waterproof layer and they are supremely accommodating for wide feet. I've traipsed all over creation in several pairs worth of them. Durable leather comf and slightly funky...I ask little more from my shoes. :)

Janine
10-12-2012, 11:20 AM
So, I got a pair of Keens and I love them. They are more hiking-bootish, though, and I wouldn't mind a pair of sneaker-like waterproof shoes. So I looked back for Lani's recommendation and you know what?

There's a pair of Brooks Adrenaline sneakers on my feet right now.

The pair of sneakers I've been wearing for the past year is the non-Goretex version. I am such a doofus! But at least I'm a doofus who can confidently order a specific size online, knowing that they will fit. :-D

dorayme
10-12-2012, 11:51 AM
:)
Glad you found what works!

Janine
10-12-2012, 01:15 PM
I'm very attached to my New Balance 978s. Comfortable, comes in various widthsm, and waterproof!

Audrey

Hey Audrey, are these hiking shoes? If so, they look very nice! I've had New Balance shoes before and they fit my feet very well.

falconea
10-14-2012, 01:59 PM
Hey Audrey, are these hiking shoes? If so, they look very nice! I've had New Balance shoes before and they fit my feet very well.

They are hiking boots. Very comfortable.

Audrey

dichroic
10-15-2012, 02:00 AM
In 2009 I went to buy Blundstones in Tasmania, where they're from, and no one wanted to sell them to me. Reason: they transferred their manufacturing and Blunnies are now made in Korea. Instead, they steered me to Rossi boots in a similar style. I bought a pair of these (http://www.rossiboots.com.au/catalogue/detail/150-rft/) (or something like them; they have lots of boots in that style and I can't tell the difference between models) and I've been wearing them ever since. best boots ever; they're waterproof, easy to pull on (good for airport security) and comfortable for walking miles and miles. And apparently they are also sold in the US (http://www.rossibootsusa.com/welcome).

Janine
10-15-2012, 11:28 AM
How cool! I didn't know NB made hiking boots.

That's an interesting story about the Rossi boots. I'm glad they worked out for you!

I ordered a pair of the Gore-Tex Adrenalines from my local running shop this weekend. They didn't have my size in stock, boo. Two of the salespeople raved about Gore-Tex running shoes and how they are great for accidental puddle-stomping. That's perfect for me! I watch the weather carefully so I know how to dress my kids, but sometimes that information doesn't transfer over to how I dress myself.

adrian65
11-06-2012, 07:15 AM
New Stability MT20V2 are fantastic. It's what I use for hurdle competitions. They havevibram feet which removes the query of versatility. Offer fantastic hold up dirty mountains also. Merrel-trail safety gloves are also another excellent choice. I've observed a lot of people also using Solomon.

Grandcache
11-07-2012, 07:24 AM
If you are lucky enough to be near a store that carries SAS shoes, check out the Alpine. It is a low cut lace boot...very lightweight, waterproof, and comfy. I needed something for rainy weather in Great Britain. My feet stayed dry without getting too warm. I was even able to wear them for dressier occasions with slacks and a nice top. They have replaced my cross trainers as my favorite travel shoe and they have become my go to fall shoe at home. :-)

PS I wear mine with Smartwool socks.