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Originally Posted by Roger la Rock View Post

Thanks for the responses DWF & Nick. I'm not looking for orthopedic advice, I just posted the photo in response to Munky. Despite appearances my feet are functioning well. I know my gait is not ideal, but it works for me.

I've had inserts in the past when I've had plantar fasciitis (possibly brought on by poorly constructed shoes), but never liked them. You correct one issue, but create another. I found the solution was to wear either properly constructed shoes, or none at all. Shoes that flex in the wrong places, overly soft running shoes where you're standing on squishy foam with no solid base, gimmicks like air cells, all bad ideas.

My biggest problem with shoes is finding ones that will accommodate my forefoot without being loose in the heel.

A/E were offering several styles on combination lasts (wide vamps/narrow heels)
I don't know if they still are. You may want to contact their cs dept. and ask.
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I have to wear arch supports in all but one pair of my shoes (and not in my trainers).  This discussion reminded me that, as a young child, I used have occasional, spontaneous, fractures of a bone in one of my feet and had to wear an insert in my shoe on that foot.Time went by and it is only in recent years that I have had to wear supports in both shoes. I presume that your feet, like everything else, wear out a bit as you get older. Or would be it be argued that I should be able to buy shoes that fit and fit without the inserts? I would have thought that the fact that inserts are sold at all, suggests that not everyone can wear shoes without them. 

post #10098 of 10697
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

I have to wear arch supports in all but one pair of my shoes (and not in my trainers).  This discussion reminded me that, as a young child, I used have occasional, spontaneous, fractures of a bone in one of my feet and had to wear an insert in my shoe on that foot.Time went by and it is only in recent years that I have had to wear supports in both shoes. I presume that your feet, like everything else, wear out a bit as you get older. Or would be it be argued that I should be able to buy shoes that fit and fit without the inserts? I would have thought that the fact that inserts are sold at all, suggests that not everyone can wear shoes without them. 

Depends on the kind of insert. Some people need corrective or orthopedic inserts but these have to be prescribed by a doctor in most states/countries.

If you're talking about simple over-the-counter cushioned inserts, well, some people think they can't wear shoes without them. And if we harken back to what pB said about running shoes and the like, it may be true esp. if the person isn't willing to toughen up (we say "cowboy up" out here) their feet.

But aside from mollycoddling tender feet, I doubt retail inserts do much.

That said you have one pair of shoes that don't need the arch supports? Maybe that's an indication that your feet don't need arch supports, just shoes that support your arches.
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I can walk on hot coals at this point!
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Thanks for that, DWF. I still don't know why the one pair of shoes fits without supports. I have tried a range of sizes, lasts and fittings. Apart from the one pair (which are very ordinary and 'standard') nothing feels comfortable without the inserts.

 

pB. I intend to take legal action regarding your photo.

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I have been getting a lot of feedback about my avatar. Clearly, I have been successful.
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I have to admit that I didn't imagine you to be such a handsome man. 

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Does anyone know a competent cobbler in Denver? I have a pair of carmina loafers that came with a broken string (string loafers) it's more of a decorative piece anyways, so I asked Betty if she could send me a replacement string and she agreed she would. I just need the string affixed to the shoe where the old one was and the old one removed. I would prefer someone in Denver, but new York is also an option.

Thank you.
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Regarding shoe inserts. I am not a podiatrist, but there used to be several threads on AAAC frequented by such an expert. He said that people who truly need orthopedic correction need to be fitted for and have constructed real custom orthotics. He said that the vast majority of over the counter inserts were useless, unless one simply needed to take up space in the shoe- which means of course the shoe does not fit.

 

Now remember that he was a podiatrist, so the people he saw had foot problems bad enough to see a doctor. There may be people with less severe complaints who self treat with retail orthotics and do just fine. If so, they would never see him, so he would not know this had happened (my speculation, as I said, I am not an expert).

 

He did say that two brands of retail inserts - Superfeet and Powerstep- were of some use, even for people who got as far as a podiatrist. So if you are looking for inserts or arch supports that may be the place to start.

 

Some people think they need inserts and like to coddle their feet. I assume this is true. Peronally I like very stiff supportive shoes, trying to reproduce the effect of stout hiking boots in something I can wear to the office. This is not for everyone.

 

I have a firm, nonexpert, opinion that people should wear shoes they find comfortable- whether that means firm and supportive, floppy and minimalist, or anywhere in between. If your feet hurt in one kind of shoe, don't wear it. If you feet are comfortable in another, or comfortable with your special blend of inserts, then wear them in good health.

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A cobbler just told me to not use Lexol on leather soles because it will soak through and loosen the "glue" and stitching. Hmm.

I probably wouldn't go to that cobbler.
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Originally Posted by jssdc View Post

^^so someone will delete this shit right?

Does that mean you won't be visiting the store?
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Originally Posted by dbhdnhdbh View Post

Regarding shoe inserts. I am not a podiatrist, but there used to be several threads on AAAC frequented by such an expert. He said that people who truly need orthopedic correction need to be fitted for and have constructed real custom orthotics. He said that the vast majority of over the counter inserts were useless, unless one simply needed to take up space in the shoe- which means of course the shoe does not fit.

Now remember that he was a podiatrist, so the people he saw had foot problems bad enough to see a doctor. There may be people with less severe complaints who self treat with retail orthotics and do just fine. If so, they would never see him, so he would not know this had happened (my speculation, as I said, I am not an expert).

He did say that two brands of retail inserts - Superfeet and Powerstep- were of some use, even for people who got as far as a podiatrist. So if you are looking for inserts or arch supports that may be the place to start.

Some people think they need inserts and like to coddle their feet. I assume this is true. Peronally I like very stiff supportive shoes, trying to reproduce the effect of stout hiking boots in something I can wear to the office. This is not for everyone.

I have a firm, nonexpert, opinion that people should wear shoes they find comfortable- whether that means firm and supportive, floppy and minimalist, or anywhere in between. If your feet hurt in one kind of shoe, don't wear it. If you feet are comfortable in another, or comfortable with your special blend of inserts, then wear them in good health.

We have been selling and I have been wearing Powersteps for years. Customers are very happy with them. In my case I have no foot problems what so ever. I can pretty much find a good fit with almost any RTW brand. I wouldn't use Powersteps in any dress shoe nor do I need to. However with my hiking boots I remove the supports that came with them and replace them with the PS's.
They are very comfortable and give a lot more support than the ones that came with the boots.

When customers come in looking for the PS's they have more of a need. I always suggest (if they plan on wearing them in dress shoes) that they purchase a shoe that was designed to accept an arch support. Some makers have styles available that come with removable supports. I suggest replacing the supports with the PS's as I do in my boots. I've have had several customers that have either ankle, knee, hip or, back problems and told me the PS's do more to alleviate they're discomfort than Doctors were able to do.
But that's different story....

Having said that, at the end of the day I would (as you eluded) much prefer a properly fitted shoe than one that needs inserts (of any kind) to make them comfortable. However some have a need for such devices in RTW shoes in order to gain comfort. Why not use them?
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I think that Nick has made the important point: if devices are comfortable, why not wear them?

 

On a similar note (but not one that I imagine Nick would agree with)...I have a pair of AirMax - in a much lighter shade than the ones above. They are very, very comfortable. Not all that many people would wear them to the Oscar ceremonies but they are great on planes and for just knocking around in. Now, will someone 'delete this shit?'  :)

post #10110 of 10697
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

I think that Nick has made the important point: if devices are comfortable, why not wear them?

Because they change the shape...and fit...of the shoe?
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