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Anyone else find Clarks DB uncomfortable?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by enarchay, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. enarchay

    enarchay Senior member

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    I was looking into getting some new shoes since I've been wearing the same pair of sneakers for a while now. I looked around the various threads, and Clarks Desert Boots seemed to be a favorite. I ordered a pair last week and recently got them in the mail. I just tried them on, and maybe it's because they need to break in or something, but I find them extremely uncomfortable.

    I ordered them a half size smaller like people recommended, and I still have a lot of toe room, but the top of the shoe - where the laces meet - comes down directly on the top of my foot in an unpleasent way. It feels really stiff, and there is a lot of pressure on the top of my foot as a result. I've read a lot of reviews saying that they are extremely comfortable, but I fail to see how. I can't really imagine walking for lengthy amounts of time in these things; when I stand up in them, I feel like the upper half of my foot is trying to separate from the lower half, and the circulation is nearly cut off.

    Has anyone else had this problem? Is it just me?

    Finally, what would be an alternative to Clarks Desert Boots if I can't learn to like them? I'm looking for a step-up from sneakers that is casual enough for a college setting.
     
  2. evilgeniusdan

    evilgeniusdan Senior member

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    This thread shouldn't exist. Also, maybe you're lacing them too tightly?
     
  3. enarchay

    enarchay Senior member

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    This thread shouldn't exist. Also, maybe you're lacing them too tightly?
    Shouldn't exist? I was thinking of posting it in the "noob" thread but I thought it qualified as a new thread if questions about sizing and color qualify as threads. I'm not lacing them too tightly. Even completely unlaced, there's the same problem. It's the actual fabric where the laces meet (or the angle at which it meets) that seems to be the problem; it doesn't provide enough room for the top of the foot. At least, that's how it seems to me, which is unfortunate since I like the way they look but I don't think it is worth sacrificing comfort (or putting up with foot pain).
     
  4. ryannn

    ryannn Senior member

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    Those threads about sizing and colors in most cases shouldn't exist either. Your thread sucks.
     
  5. enarchay

    enarchay Senior member

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    Those threads about sizing and colors in most cases shouldn't exist either. Your thread sucks.
    Well, if other people find Clarks DB uncomfortable, I would think that would qualify as an important piece of information for people who have seen the recommendations and are looking to buy them.
     
  6. samejame

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    When I got my first pair of Clarks I also thought I had made a huge mistake. They were so unbelievably uncomfortable and put a large amount of pressure on the tops of my feet, just like you mention. I kept wearing them anyway in hopes they would stretch a bit and once they were worn in they were the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. I've gotten two pairs since then and it's been the same experience each time. They absolutely need a break in period so just give it a little time :)
     
  7. kookydooky

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    I know what you mean OP, but for me its more so pain on the bottom of my feet if I wear them on a day where I will do some decent amount of wlaking (like going shopping)

    Maybe its just that I havent fully broken them in yet

    Who knows
     
  8. Riio

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    I remember my clarks were a little uncomfortable up top, but also near the heel area, which kept rubbing against my foot. All that went away after a few days wear though.
     
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    I'll never understand this complaint. They're more comfortable than my slippers.

    And why couldn't this be posted in the Clark's DB thread???
     
  10. GahDuma

    GahDuma Active Member

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    Honestly, if you are used to wearing sneakers all the time the change can be tough. Especially for you, because they're the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. It takes a couple of days but they mold to your feet perfectly.
     
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    sounds like the OP might have a high instep. Me too. makes it difficult to go down .5 on these.
     
  12. enarchay

    enarchay Senior member

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    sounds like the OP might have a high instep. Me too. makes it difficult to go down .5 on these.

    Hmm... never even heard of that. It could be the problem. The best way to describe it - and maybe it is more my feet than the boots - is that there is not enough height between the bottom of the shoe and where the laces meet; that is, there is not enough room vertically for the top of my foot to fit comfortably. As a result, the top presses down directly (and actually sort of painfully) on the top of my foot. Hopefully they'll wear in... if not, I guess I'll have to go back to the drawing boards and look for a more comfortable pair of shoes.
     
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    Foxtrot56 Senior member

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    I have pretty wide feet (9.5EE) and I tried to wear these but they were too painful. I don't think I could fit in these unless I roder a size 10.
     
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    ... if not, I guess I'll have to go back to the drawing boards and look for a more comfortable pair of shoes.

    Or try not sizing down? People have suggested it on here yes, but everywhere else says true to size or even size up one. I went true to size on mine. Down .5 was too narrow. And they feel awesome.
     
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    They are uncomfortable to look at.
     
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    I have a pair of suede and they're still uncomfortable after wearing a bunch of times. Feels like a lot of pressure on my heel...
     
  17. enarchay

    enarchay Senior member

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    Or try not sizing down? People have suggested it on here yes, but everywhere else says true to size or even size up one. I went true to size on mine. Down .5 was too narrow. And they feel awesome.

    Well, I have a decent amount of toe room at the moment. If I went up a size, I'd be afraid that my heal would slip out of the shoe.
     
  18. dunelly

    dunelly Senior member

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    I had the same exact problem, the top of my foot was dying. I ended up not buying them for this reason. You're not the only one.
     
  19. underwearer

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    I find them to be very comfortable. A good rule of thumb is if shoes are uncomfortable, don't wear them. In other words you may be overthinking this. Everyone has different feet.
     

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