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    Shoes for long hours on Concrete
from Mike Whitten  
2/12/2008 11:05:39 AM


 I'm looking for recommendations for a good pair of shoes for wear on concrete floors during outdoor shows. I have tried insoles/Crocs, New Balance, you name it, and after 7-10 hours, I have some seriously sore feet, especially in the heel areas. I can run and exercise fine, but long standing just kills me.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Mike Whitten/Germantown, TN

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   Shoes from JeremyJ  2/12/2008 11:16:04 AM
 The best I've found are Justin Wellingtons. They help distribute weight off of your heels. I switched to wearing them after back surgery for back comfort, but noticed that my feet hurt much less. If boots aren't your thing, I would still suggest something with a raised heel.

   Rockport from smbassman  2/12/2008 11:21:35 AM
 Were very popular in auto manufacturing plants (w/ concrete floors). Now the operators have rubber mats to stand on and seats to sit in. No wonder we can't compete with the Chinese/Japanese! ;-)

   What's the name of those shoes with the big spring on the heals? from fatboy  2/12/2008 11:51:41 AM
 Just thought of it. “Z-coil” kind of pricey but nice.

Have you thought of taking a rubber mat with you to stand on? Sams Club used to sell these packages of soft foam mats that were about 2’ sq. and snapped together. I have them out in my garage around the work bench.

   Clarks "air mover" from fshn4lmt #10940  2/12/2008 12:03:23 PM
  Hi Mike,I sold shoes for years-and hands down the best shoes made to date are called "air movers" by Clarks of England.They took me a while to get used to looks wise,but once you put them on you will be a believer.Rockports turned to junk just like most boot/shoe companies have when they started making them overseas.You might get sticker shock,the last pair I sold were in that 150.00 range,but a pair will last years due to the unique outsole material.
hope this helps,
Matt Mahle

   Mike!! from A-Train  2/12/2008 12:07:15 PM
 I wore New Balance for several years and had the same trouble you are having. I made the switch to Nike Shox 3 years ago. Since switching, I have had zero problems with my dogs barking or with my back. It is truly amazing the amount of comfort these shoes have given me. Ther are several models you can look at but the best I have found are the following:

Nike Shox Turbo V+

Nike Shox Classic (Personal Favorite)

Nike Shox NZ

I hope this helps. They are worth every penny. I have fished 40+ tournaments weraing these shoes and as I said above, have not had the first issue.

Good Luck!!!

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   I told you those high heels would hurt your feet. from Mark W.  2/12/2008 12:44:53 PM
 BWAHAHAHAHAHA.Seriously though have you tried the gel insoles and some running shoes.Their supposed to have the most cushion.

   Whichever brand you choose... from Jeff Hahn  2/12/2008 12:57:56 PM
 Mike: Whichever brand you choose, be certain to put two (or three, if they will fit) inserts from some old tennis shoes inside the shoes that you do wear. I do this for working shows and it helps. It will feel like you're walking on least for the first 5 hours. After that, nothing helps much. Better yet, have the folks you are working for carpet their booth!

Jeff Hahn

   Z-coils from worm burner  2/12/2008 1:01:24 PM
 I know a number of employees who are on their feet on concrete at the local Lowe's and they swear by Z-coils. One fellow had knee replacement surgery and back problems that were greatly minimized after wearing them. They have several styles and most are the same price: $200.

   Brooks Addiction Walkers from Lynn from KY #11200  2/12/2008 1:04:14 PM
  are by far the best shoes I've ever had on my feet. Very comfortable, with a good arch support. I went through several brands, before discovering them, and haven't looked back.

   forgot to ad from Lynn from KY #11200  2/12/2008 1:13:59 PM
 there are over 200 reviews from buyers on the link on my previous post to look at. Nearly everyone gives these shoes the top rating.

   I'll vote for the Rockports too! from Bass Stalker  2/12/2008 1:19:38 PM
 Best I found for standing on concrete all day long.


   I say just man up from Doc Holliday  2/12/2008 1:58:46 PM
 No pain, no gain. Crocs are not for men and I'm glad I didn't have the displeasure of seeing you in them. When in doubt about footwear, I hark back to Merle. "Boots are still in style for manly footwear".



   Ecco shoes... by a wide margin too. from Dirtpig  2/12/2008 2:20:06 PM
  Ecco makes everything from dress to mountain climbing shoes/boots. Their hikeing boots are the most comfortable I’ve ever had.

They will cost you a little mpre but are well worth the price.

s helps…


   Have you considered bringing a stool to sit on? from StevieP  2/12/2008 2:55:29 PM
 You only need one stool.

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a stool sample.

   Almost anything made by from minner  2/12/2008 4:18:49 PM

   standing straight from Jeff #10890  2/12/2008 8:57:54 PM
 Believe it or not, see a chiropractor to be sure the rest of your body is straight, if your posture is good it will help your feet.

Something I did when breaking in new construction boots, even Red Wings, was to bring another pair and change them when needed. Different foot wear means different pressure points.

At a show bring multiple pairs, clean socks and foot powder. Slip off to an out of the way place and change them every few hours. Don't wait till they hurt.

Good luck

   Most any pair of Clark's from Bender, MS Gulf Coast  2/13/2008 1:44:33 AM
 I have found them to be the most comfortable shoes for this.

When I used to walk steel the heels and arches felt like somebody driving a hammer into them especially first thing in the morning.

I bought some Doc Shoals wedge type inserts for my work boots and it made all the difference in the world. You need to shift your weight more forward and these did the trick for me.

   the difinitive answer is .. from bjlc #10606  2/13/2008 9:44:37 AM
 I had the same situation. Only one answer.

SAS shoes

San Antonio Shoes and buy the top of the line, which is about $200. that will end your problems in about one day. if not less.

   Tired Dogs from Ron  2/13/2008 10:47:34 AM
 Hands down, Nike Air Max MOTO Running Shoes. I work in an Emergency Department for 12 hour shifts and my butt does not know what a chair is. These things saved my feet.


   Bring a piece of carpet. from njpaulc #10311  2/13/2008 11:23:34 AM
 A little rug under your feet does a world of good, and supplements whatever shoes you wear.

   Wolverine boots... from Dammit  2/13/2008 4:54:27 PM
 With the solid sole are the best...I think they call them the Wedge.

I like the slip on style...cause I can't tie my shoes...LOL

Hiya Mike!

   Try shoes for crews - a lot of folks in hotel industry use them from shoes for crews  2/22/2008 11:06:41 AM




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