Most comfortable shoes at under $200

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  1. chicagobull

    chicagobull Well-Known Member

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    Hey all, I work in the medical profession, meaning I work long hours, with alot of walking and standing. I currently own a pair of Gordon Rush Shoes which are very stylish, but not the most comfortable for everyday wear. I need a pair of shoes that are comfortable, versaitile, durable, and of course stylish. Any suggestions?
     


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    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Doc Martens are very comfortable, as are Banana Republic shoes. However, with everything just about on sale now you should be able to find a higher quality shoe on sale now at Saks, RL Polo, NM, Barneys, etc.
     


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    chorse123 Senior member

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    Allen Edmonds. They are easy to find on sale for at or under $200. They have a number of more casual styles as well as standard dress styles. Also, they come in a very wide variety of widths - something most buyers overlook when it comes to the fit/comfort. Find your correct size and go nuts.
     


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    johnapril Senior member

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    I always had to "break in" BR shoes. Never had this sort of trouble with shoes Ferragamo to Lobb.
     


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    I just picked up a couple of pair of Taryn Rose from grapevine that are exceptionally comfortable yet look great. Retail is $450 but available by auction for about $130 or even less. Highly recommended
     


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    Doc Martens are very comfortable, as are Banana Republic shoes.

    With respect to BR, some are, many aren't. BR doesn't appear use just one factory, so you can't generalize.
     


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    Doc Martens are very comfortable, as are Banana Republic shoes. However, with everything just about on sale now you should be able to find a higher quality shoe on sale now at Saks, RL Polo, NM, Barneys, etc.

    Re: DM, I'll disagree there - I hate the bastards. I have worn several pairs, all have been ridiculously uncomfortable for me...
     


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    Banana shoes have always been very uncomfortable for me. I owned several pairs a couple years ago and I will never buy them again.

    Although often reviled here, Mephisto shoes are quite comfortable, if not particularly stylish.
     


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    Although often reviled here, Mephisto shoes are quite comfortable, if not particularly stylish.


    Very comfortable and some models in their dress line look fine but it would be hard to find them for under $200(maybe EBay?).
     


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    Very comfortable and some models in their dress line look fine but it would be hard to find them for under $200(maybe EBay?).

    Yeah looks like $120-250 on Ebay for new shoes.

    Here's an example:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/new-MEPHISTO-Gae...QQcmdZViewItem
     


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    I recommend any of the Bostonian shoes with the 2Pod insole. I recently picked up a paid of Ecco shoes which are also very comfortable. Unfortunatly both of these brands don't offer leather soles at least that I know of. I have been looking for a comfortable pair of leather sole shoes for a while now without any luck. You can always add insoles which other members have recommended.
     


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    Re: DM, I'll disagree there - I hate the bastards. I have worn several pairs, all have been ridiculously uncomfortable for me...

    DM has gone downhill lately. There's a huge difference between those made in the UK and those made in China, Vietnam, etc.,. I loved my DM boots when I was in highschool and undergrad, but those I tried on recently felt like crap. If you buy a pair of DM, make sure they're from the UK. They're very comfortable; but stylish, that's another matter.
     


  14. chicagobull

    chicagobull Well-Known Member

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    I have owned a pair of BR shoes, and didn't find them comfortable at all. As far as DM, I still wear my Docs in the winter, and they have held up VERY well for being 6+ years old. I will be holding on to those for a long time I feel. Don't know about their current standard of quality.

    Right now, I am looking for comfort over style, as I have to stand for 10+ hours a day, and something that will last for 2+ years.

    What about Rockport? I know they are an old man's shoes, but some of their newer styles are actually pretty good looking. Are they as comfortable as they are reputed to be?
     


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    Some J&M models have a nice cushion inside them. I had a relative who was a teacher for years, and could stand all day in these.
     


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