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    I have Birkenstocks, Danskos/Sanitas, MBT (at $245.00) and Allegrias. Birkenstocks are comfortable but the sole is really hard so I have to wear thick SmartWool Hiking socks with them because they're nice and thick. Dansko and Sanitas are comfortable (I have both) but not for an entire 12 hr shift. MBTs are comfortable too but not always for a 12 hr shift. Allegrias ARE THE WORST ones. They feel oh so good when I put them on, they really are soft but they have absolutely no arch support at all, so about 4 hrs in, my ankles are killing me, I have tried experimenting with them several times and each and every time I wear them, I have the same complaint about them. I think the thing about the foam molding to the shape of the foot is pure rubbish because I've had mine for over a year and they have absolutely no "molding" going on, they look as flat as they did the day I got them. They aren't exactly cheap either, I paid $115.00 for them. I consider the Allegrias the worst shoe purchase I have ever made!
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    I started with a good pair of tennis shoes (Nike), then bought a pair of Dansko's that you see everyone wearing http://www.dansko.com/At Work/Womens...ue Brown Oiled but they hurt my 2nd toe after about an hour.

    My best friend LOVES Dansko's so we were shopping one day & I decided to try a different style of Dansko - it is their new "tennis shoe". http://www.dansko.com/At Work/Womens... Coated CanvasI LOVE THEM!!!

    They have a more comfortable footbed with more cushion.  The heel height is a bit lower too - they feel more like a regular shoe. I also kinda switch back and forth between my Dansko's and Nike's.

    I think the biggest thing to remember is that your feet, ankles and legs are not gonna be "fresh" at the end of a 12 hour shift, but you have to find what works best for you. And some days, no matter what shoes you wear, your whole body is gonna be crying at the end of your shift!!
    Last edit by gobux90 on Feb 15, '12 : Reason: Typo
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    I will always swear by Crocs. I have an extreme high arch, have lots of foot problems and have trouble finding shoes I can walk in. They support my arch, cushion my feet and legs. They don't pinch or rub. Can be bleached in the washer. I love them!
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    I use walking New Balance sneakers with the "roll bar", keeps me from falling, which I used to go with all the stops and starts while on the floor. I also get the NB inserts or Red Devil (you put in the oven and heat them, then put them in the shoe and step in, they mold to your feet!). Always remember, if you wear the same ones daily, they are only good for 3-6 months.
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    The Dove shoe by Nursemates. I've never had a period of "breaking in" and I felt like I was walking on pillows all day. I've had the same pair for the past 3.5 years (time to get a new pair) and all of the reviews I read about the shoe online say the same thing. They look totally "old lady shoes" but they are so comfortable for 12+ hour shifts.
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    Quote from gobux90
    I started with a good pair of tennis shoes (Nike), then bought a pair of Dansko's that you see everyone wearing http://www.dansko.com/At Work/Womens...ue Brown Oiled but they hurt my 2nd toe after about an hour.

    My best friend LOVES Dansko's so we were shopping one day & I decided to try a different style of Dansko - it is their new "tennis shoe". http://www.dansko.com/At Work/Womens... Coated CanvasI LOVE THEM!!!

    They have a more comfortable footbed with more cushion.  The heel height is a bit lower too - they feel more like a regular shoe. I also kinda switch back and forth between my Dansko's and Nike's.

    I think the biggest thing to remember is that your feet, ankles and legs are not gonna be "fresh" at the end of a 12 hour shift, but you have to find what works best for you. And some days, no matter what shoes you wear, your whole body is gonna be crying at the end of your shift!!
    I'm gonna check out the new Danskos you suggest! I agree with the 12 hr thing. It's just so tiring to work 12 hrs and it's really tiring when you do two in a row, I'm always exhausted in every way the 2nd 12 hr shift. I'de still rather do 12 hr shifts than have to come in 5 days a week or 4 days a week (2 12's and 2 8's).
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    Quote from gladtobeOB
    Please tell me what kind of work shoes are the best. I am in desperate need of a comfortable supportive shoe.
    Thanks
    This is going to sound crazy but I'm all into the barefoot/minimalist shoe group. It's a relatively new group of people. The same group of people who make those 5 finger/toe shoes that look really weird. There is some research out there that shoes with thick soles (which minimalists call marshmallow shoes) are actually no good for your feet. The argument is based on the idea that humans were walking, running, and hunting years before marshmallow shoes were invented. To make a long story short the feeling there is to go with a shoe that is closest to having nothing on at all. Similar to how humans have walked for centuries! SO I switched to converse. There are tons of other shoes out there a that are minimalist. If you go to a REAL shoe store they will know what you are talking about. In addition not only did I switch from Danska's but I worked all the way up to my 9th month of pregnancy with no more back or knee issues at all.

    So that's just an idea to consider. Good luck finding shoes!
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    Quote from gladtobeOB
    Please tell me what kind of work shoes are the best. I am in desperate need of a comfortable supportive shoe.
    Thanks
    After wearing Allegria's for a few months I noticed my big toe starting to hurt. Turned out the shoe pressed on my big toenail and was causing pain, had to stop wearing them. They have plenty of space to spread your toes, but not much space above the toes. I recently purchased a cross trainer shoe made by Dr. Scholl's that is very comfy and supportive with the gel insole, and less than $50!
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    Sometimes your foot comes out of the open backed ones. I find I was always "gripping" the sole of the shoe and my feet hurt at the end of the day, as well as there not being enough toe room. They are wide for the toes, but too low, shoe pressed on my big toenail causing so much pain I couldn't wear them any more. I don't think rolling ankles would be a problem, they have a wide enough base.
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    Quote from Tiffanybaybay
    This is going to sound crazy but I'm all into the barefoot/minimalist shoe group. It's a relatively new group of people. The same group of people who make those 5 finger/toe shoes that look really weird. There is some research out there that shoes with thick soles (which minimalists call marshmallow shoes) are actually no good for your feet. The argument is based on the idea that humans were walking, running, and hunting years before marshmallow shoes were invented. To make a long story short the feeling there is to go with a shoe that is closest to having nothing on at all. Similar to how humans have walked for centuries! SO I switched to converse. There are tons of other shoes out there a that are minimalist. If you go to a REAL shoe store they will know what you are talking about. In addition not only did I switch from Danska's but I worked all the way up to my 9th month of pregnancy with no more back or knee issues at all.

    So that's just an idea to consider. Good luck finding shoes!
    I don't think Paleo man hiked around on concrete floors for 12 hrs at a time, barely sitting down. I tried Birkenstocks and they are as close to the ground and certainly not marshmallow soles, as you can get, and I have to wear SmartWool hiking socks because they are so thick andthey add much needed cushioning for my feet, without them, they really hurt my feet and I tend not to wear them.
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