Sunday, September 1, 2013

In Search of a Cute, Comfy Shoe

Happy September, friends! Fall is coming, and I love it!

**This is a serious post. I'm not being compensated in any way by these shoe companies.
I'm not opposed to it though. Wink!


I've been searching for YEARS (I did say YEARS)
for a cute but comfy shoe to wear to school.
I'm telling you, it is not an easy task!
When I started teaching in 1991, shoes were cute and comfy.
I choose to remember them that way anyway.
I know we didn't wear heels to school and weren't allowed to wear flip flops then.
We were wearing stirrup pants, too, so maybe the shoes weren't as cute as we thought...
but they were comfy. 


Here I am 22 years later and looking for a comfy shoe.
I would really, really love it if it were cute, too.
Tell me it isn't too much to ask!! 

Just FYI: My classroom is not carpeted!

Have you ever googled Teacher Shoe??
It's interesting. Go take a look.

Here are a few pics that popped up on Google.


 Not exactly what I had in mind, but no judgement here.


One of my sweet friends comes to school in her cute shoes.
By 9:00 am, she is wearing her Sock Monkey slippers in her classroom.
She wears her "real shoes" in public places like the cafeteria. 

Back to my problem.  Cute comfy shoes.

I have these and a few others very similar.
They are comfy for about 2 hours, then not so much.
 

I found these and love them.
They are so light and comfy, but I can't wear them with everything.
By the way, they are Easy Spirits. I'm not ashamed...
They have a whole line of e360 shoes that feel like you are walking on air. Cute, huh??
  
Recently I came across these and am IN. LOVE.
They make me happy and are super comfy, but not comfy enough to wear to school everyday!


Born has some cute Fall shoes, but we really won't wear them around here until October.
I want something I can wear year round!
I really like this one! But...is it comfy?? It's Born-it should be!




I'm more than smitten with this shoe right here, too! Oh, my!
They are so cute, and they look very comfy! But then, there's the price tag...

 If by some really weird chance, the Tieks folks are reading this,
I'd be more than happy to try out a pair!


A lot of people tell me to try Alegria or Dansko.
Have any of you tried them?? I'm just not sure!


 Love the hearts on this Alegria!



 Love this zebra print Dansko, too!
Okay, friends! It's your turn!
I would love any help I can get!
Remember, I'm looking for CUTE and comfy!
So, what shoes do you wear to school?





49 comments:

  1. I just ordered three pairs of orthaheels I hope they work.

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    1. I've never heard of those but am about to search! Let me know how they work!! Thanks for helping out!!
      Laura

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  2. Just saw this! I have been in a boot for 3 weeks with plantar fasciitis and torn fibers in my fascia. So now the hunt for cute but supportive shoes! I just bought a cute pair of Dansko sandals from Zappos and will wear fall into the fall. Then I will move into my Dansko clogs which truly are fabulous and now so many cute designs! Like your zebra print! I see nurses and flight attendants in them all the time. My sandals are black patent and I think the style was Jessica. God luck!

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    1. Ooh, thank you, Kari! Plantar fasciitis used to bother me when I played tennis years ago. Painful!! I'm going to check out your suggestions! I keep hearing great things about Danskos! Hope the boot comes off soon!! Thanks so much!
      Laura

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  3. http://www.sanuk.com/Womens-Scribble-Sidewalk-Surfer/SWF1004,default,pd.html?dwvar_SWF1004_color=BGE&start=29&cgid=womens

    I think those shoes are cute!

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    1. Thank you, Manda! On my way to look!! Happy weekend!
      Laura

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  4. Danskos are all I wear! They are comfy during the day, and by the end of the day my legs aren't tired like they used to be with other shoes. I highly recommend them!

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    1. I think y'all are selling me on the Danskos! I feel an order coming on!! Thank you, Karen!!
      Laura

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  5. Hi! I am having the same problems, it sounds like! On another blog, someone suggested Sanita Shoes. I have not tried them yet...my appointment with the podiatrist is Tuesday! Good Luck!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! Good luck to you, too! I've never heard of Sanita, but am about to do some heavy shopping! I'll post what I find!!
      Laura

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  6. I can't wear Danskos, but Clarks work for me.

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    1. Hey, Holli! I have a pair of Clarks' flip flops that I love. They're nice enough to keep at school in case I need them. So hard to make a decision!! Happy Sunday!
      Laura

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  7. Danskos are the way to go! Comfy, all day long!

    Karen

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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    1. Hi, Karen! I found a few shops here that sell Danskos so I can try them on this week. Can't wait to give them a try! Happy Labor Day!
      Laura

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  8. Danskos are my shoe of choice. I have wide feet and have also had surgery on my big toe. These are the only shoes that I have found that I can comfortably wear all day long. I wear the sandals in the summer and the clogs and maryjanes during the rest of the school time.

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    1. I've been looking online at Danskos all day. They seem to be a hit among teachers! Can't wait to try them on! Thanks for the suggestion! Happy Labor Day!
      Laura

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  9. I only wear Orthoheel... They are cute!! I have 6 pairs now. www.soleprovisions.com

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    1. Thank you, Chelsea! I'm off to Sole Provisions now! Love reading everyone's favorites! Happy Labor Day!
      Laura

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  10. I have been having the same problem. I bought some sketcher Go Walks and they were comfortable when I first started wearing them, but something happened. Now the arch in my right foot hurts every time I wear them. I'm glad you posted this, I'll have to check some of the websites out.
    Kelly
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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    1. Hi, Kelly! Love the name of your blog! You know, someone could make a ton of money creating comfy and cute shoes for teachers! Why is it so hard? Good luck on your hunt!
      Laura

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  11. Have you tried spring step brand? I like them more than Dansko, i also Love my GoRun shoes. They are made by sketcher.

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    1. Two more to add to the list! I love searching for all these new-to-me brands! Thanks for sharing your favorites!
      Happy Weekend!
      Laura

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  12. Let me start off by saying that I have heel spurs in both feet and an ankle issue from where I broke it soooo..... I tend to wear my Chaco sandals in the warmer weather and in the fall my Keen's and in the winter months I tend to wear either Clarks or my Nikes. I have tried Dansko but my feet really hurt after I took them off ....idk. Anyway those are my choices :-) good luck
    Karen
    tommysmom0206@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you, Karen! I'm going to make a list of all these brands and post it. I've never tried Chacos and never heard of Keens. Going to look! Happy Sunday!
      Laura

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  13. 1. Dansko
    2. Dansko
    3. Dansko
    Did I mention danskos?

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    1. Ha! I think I'll try some Danskos! Thanks so much for sharing!!
      Happy Sunday!
      Laura

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  14. I can not wear high heel shoes, whatsoever. And I have wide feet. I love and pretty much always wear ballet flats (but it's becoming pretty difficult finding comfy wide ballet shoes). Every once in a while I'll wear Vans tennis shoes, but that's it.

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    1. Thank you for posting this, by the way. I'll be checking out the websites you mentioned! :)

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    2. I love flats, too, Krissy! You would think they would be less comfortable without arch support, but I love them! I've never tried Vans, but I'm going to take a look! Thanks so much for sharing!
      Laura

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  15. The pencil flats crack me up! Thanks for sharing.

    Jamie

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    1. I know! It's actually a real shoe! Ha! Thanks for stopping by!
      Happy Weekend!
      Laura

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  16. At last someone who loves shoes as much as me and sees them as an integral part of who we are and what we do!
    Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

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    1. Paula, if you find the perfect teacher shoe, please let me know! I'm still searching! Have a great weekend!
      Laura

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  17. I am all about Campers!!! Seriously, they have turned me into a shoe person :)

    http://www.camper.com

    Alyssha
    Teaching and Tapas: 2nd Grade in Spain

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    1. Oh, Alyssha! I've never heard of Campers, but I'm going to look! I love finding all these new shoes! Surely, we can have cute and comfy!!! Thanks for letting me know!
      XO
      Laura

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  18. Alegria all the way - SO SO SO comfy! The Palomas are the ones I always go with, but my assistant wears the sandals as well (not so much my style). Really like walking on air!

    Cindy
    blyc@worc.k12.ma.us

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    1. Hi, Cindy!
      I try on Alegrias every time I go to Shoe Station! Haven't taken the plunge yet, but maybe soon! Thanks for sharing. Going to take a look at the Palomas!
      Happy Weekend!
      Laura

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  19. You must try Sketchers Go Walk shoes. I've had several foot surgeries and these shoes are heaven on the tootsies!! I walked an entire day at Disneyland in them and my feet were not sore at all. There are lots of colors to choose from too. I wore them on the first day of school and came home to feet that were not aching. So, that's my recommendation. Good luck!!!

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    1. Off to look at these, too, Nicole! Thank you for sharing! I think walking at Disney counts as a big shoe workout! Love some Disney, by the way!!
      Thanks so much!
      Laura

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  21. I have very little insight to offer as I too feel like I've been on this same "hunt" since I first started teaching!!! On top of the general issue of comfort I also have flat feet. So if it doesn't have a good arch of some kind I can't wear it without being in serious pain. The problem is cute, comfy, and archy are HARD if not impossible to come by. I have some Clark sandals, I'm looking at their flats this winter. (I pretend I can't see the price tags!!!) Also,I purchased a pair of stylish Lifestride flats at DSW last year in silver and loved them! I'm going back to see if I can't find the sames ones in brown and black this year. This isn't the exact pair, but pretty close in style: http://www.lifestride.com/en-US/Product/23607-5186222/LifeStride/Black/Womens+Mascot.aspx

    Oh and if the Tieks people call you, please send them my way too!! I'm DYING to try those also!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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    1. Hey, Stephanie!!
      Why can't we have cute, comfy, and archy?? Why?? I have a pair of Clarks leather flip flops I love! I couldn't find them this year, though. If it makes you feel better about the price tag, one of the teachers I work with (who's in her late 50s) told me I'd be happy I paid the price after years of standing on my feet. I think Tieks should have an educators discount, by the way! Going to check out your link!
      XO
      Laura

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  22. I heard some great stuff about Tieks...then got sticker shock!!

    Brenda
    You Might Be a First Grader….

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    1. Brenda, I'm still suffering from that sticker shock. Makes me so sad! I know I would love those shoes. Coupon, maybe??
      Have a great weekend!
      Laura

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  23. Dansko and Naot are sooo comfortable. They are starting to get some cute shoes in. I have been teaching for 19 years and will not go back to wearing cheap shoes. The money you spend on these are worth it and they last for years. One pair of Naots I got 5 years ago and still wear them. Also, some that cost lots have replaceable inserts which is awesome.

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  24. Oh...I also have tried Clarks. Not as good as Dansko or Naot, but are also nice.

    I get my Danskos at The Walking Company( love them and they are free shipping) and Zappos.The walking company also carries a lot of the EURO shoes which have been mentioned.

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  25. I bought some Crossfit Shoes on BestCrossfitShoesGuide.com - I wear them everyday, since I have bought them for my mum, mother-in-law and sister, The most comfy shoes ever.

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  26. Okay, trust me on this one. RUN to get these. I just bought a back up pair! they don;t sell this color anymore, and it's my favorite. They weigh like 1 oz, and cushy foam soles that feel like you're walking on clouds. No really! I have turned about 25 people onto these shoes! I saw them first on http://shullfamily.blogspot.com/2013/07/fifty-two-shades-of-shay-what-i.html. (She is Bachelor Shaun's sister!). Anyway, They must be this meshy stuff and not the canvas (axis) or (spark). They run 1/2 size too large. I usually wear an 8 and wear a 7 1/2 in these. My friend has six pair, and another teacher friend has five. Trust me. You can thank me later. :)

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