Originally Posted by Girardian
the misconception that "dress shoes" are uncomfortable.
In my experience, while they look great, dress shoes are not as comfortable as my flexible, oversized, rubber-everywhere clog shoes. Is that one reason they sell 1 billion pairs of Ecco/Sketchers..? My cheapest shoes are, hands down, the most comfortable I own. Its inversely proportional, in fact. My "new" $500 shells. It's like ice skating in cardboard boxes. I'm afraid to wear them out of the house, frankly. They are sturdy, but so are cinderblocks. My $300 Barney's, A&E saddles, etc. Feet killing me after 3 hours. My $100 J&M? Average. Lots of padding inside. Thankfully. My $30 Bass "clogs"? Massive rubber soles = soft like a dream. I could run a marathon in them. Dress shoes look great, but they aren't even in the same dimension of comfort as the ugly/klunky/cheap rubber shoes. It's a tradeoff. If you want to look stylish, you'll have to pay the price. If I'm shipwrecked on an island, and no one can see me,
I'll be begging for a pair of Ecco/Lug Sole/Uggs/Rubber sole/hikers/whatever. Traversing sharp rocks in your leather soled longwings? Gimme a break!