Best shoes for plus size women - page 2

I will be starting Nursing school in the fall and need some advice about shoes. I am 5'11" and overweight at the moment and have some back problems. I am wondering if anyone has similar problems or... Read More

  1. Visit  RadGirl1851 profile page
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    Quote from emr*lpn
    i had difficulty when i returned to nursing after a 13 year disability and gained alot of weight. i bought new balance, but due to fallen arches from ns, had to resort to arch supports. i had a podiatrist make a pair and have never been able to wear them-wasting $260. then i found spenco ortho products at a local drug store. changed my life!!!! for $20 a pair, my feet never felt so good.
    bought the spenco insoles, and they're great! i went to their website and searched their products to get more detailed information on the different insoles they offer & the one that would work best for me. the challenge was finding a local store that carries this brand. (i.e. their website doesn't list retailers.) i happened by the inserts while at a champ's store. a coworker said she bought hers at footlocker.
    so far, i've worn the inserts for 4 days and at the end of my 10-hour shifts i'm not hunched over walking like a 90+ year old! for $20, why not try them??

    **thank you, emr*lpn, for your recommendation of these inserts!!! =d
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  3. Visit  CrazierThanYou profile page
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    Quote from Serlait
    I'm not as tall as you are, but am a little overweight. I tried Dansko's and wore them for a long time, then started having really severe heal pain. I switched to Merrell's Jungle Moc and LOVE them. No more pain. I can walk in the morning after getting out of bed with no pain.
    I have read so much on here and on other websites about how great Danskos are and I almost bought some but thank God I didn't. Yesterday in class, this girl was talking about hers and how comfy there are. I mentioned that I had heard they were great. She took them off and handed them to me to try on. OMG. Hard as a rock. I didn't have them on for more than about 30 seconds (literally) and my right heel started hurting immediately!

    I bought a pair of the new leather Crocs Saffron and I really like them.
  4. Visit  RNMeg profile page
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    I was in the same boat as you. Not as tall, but pretty heavy I've absolutely fallen in love with Alegrias. They come in a ton of different patterns and styles, and the footbed is firm but covered in memory foam, so you get support and softness. I searched for comfortable shoes for months, and was so happy when I found these.
  5. Visit  Foomey profile page
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    Quote from RNMeg
    I was in the same boat as you. Not as tall, but pretty heavy I've absolutely fallen in love with Alegrias. They come in a ton of different patterns and styles, and the footbed is firm but covered in memory foam, so you get support and softness. I searched for comfortable shoes for months, and was so happy when I found these.
    I wear Alegrias for my job at Starbucks, and I love them! I'm planning on buying a white pair for nursing school.
  6. Visit  janets1 profile page
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    I wear the z-coil shoe. They literally have a coil for the heal. Looks like Tigger shoes. They look different enough they are usually a conversation starter with clients or families. I don't have back or knee problems however I have been advised by the 'ol timers :-) that if I don't have problems now, I will. So take care of the merchandise.

    The shoes are available at "authorized dealers" who are trained to "tweak" the coil to support your walking style. If you habitually wear out one part of your sole before the other they can correct for that. It's apparently the uneven walking that causes the back and knee pain.

    All I can say is at the end of clinicals I have no pain, with minimal sit-down breaks. They are do exactly what I hoped. After years of listening to commercial hype, that's kind of refreshing.

    Zcoil.com
  7. Visit  ManicMomma profile page
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    I just received a pair of Jungle Moc Pro's by Merrell. I have heard good things about them from a few different people I know and I had worn Merrell's before and loved them. I am hoping I will be just as happy as these as I start classes this Thrusday!
  8. Visit  freesia29 profile page
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    I have tried everything from Birks to Spira (springs) and I started getting plantar fasciitis, so I did a search and found Orthaheel. They are by far the best shoe I have ever worn!
    http://www.orthaheelusa.com/women/fo...lker-shoe.html

    I have the walkers and the slippers for at home and no more pain!
  9. Visit  annoddle profile page
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    Tried Dansko's but killed my feet, way too hard. Nike shocks worked for me.
  10. Visit  mmc51264 profile page
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    I have just ordered some Alegrias. I am overweight with back and ankle issues. I had Danskos when I taught school, but I have high arches and they were 6 hour shoes at best. I have heard great things about New balance, but I don't think I have the right ones. Finally went to a shoe store that is like the old timey ones: they look at your feel and fit you, not just bring the shoes and ask if they fit.
  11. Visit  MJB2010 profile page
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    I have found New Balance sneakers to be the best for my feet. I need the ones with high motion control because I am prone to plantar fascitis and these have been a life saver. I used to wear Sketcher Shape ups. They felt comfy, but they were too soft for my feet.
  12. Visit  Skyetropics profile page
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    Oh this is great! I will definitely try some of the suggestions in this thread as I too have issues with my feet.


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