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    I need a pair of COMFORTABLE, reasonably-priced tennis shoes

    No, not to play tennis. God, you guys are incorrigible.

    I walk a lot of miles for my job, on cement and tarmac. My last 3 pairs of shoes have been Brooks, and I love them, but they are running shoes and are very expensive, wearing out quickly.

    I have narrow feet, and wear size 13. Probably can't do mail-order, too risky. Can't do white. Are any of the shoes that places like Big 5/Bass Pro Shops-type emporiums worth a flock?

    Actually, they don't HAVE to be tennis shoes, am open to suggestions.

    Thanks!
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    I've had a couple pairs of Brooks before and liked them although not the best for longevity and comfortability. In my opinion you get what you pay for and for a job like yours you are going to need to pay a little more. I found that Nike Air are the best in terms of comfortable long lasting on your feet all day shoes.
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    Trail runners are more durable than regular running shoes and hiking shoes even more so. I can't recommend a brand specifically for you since my feet are wide and size 11, but I can offer a couple of success stories:

    I love my Salomon trail runners. I use them for hiking and backpacking, putting in 20+ mile days with a 25-30 lb. pack. But they are pricey.

    I used to wear Merrell Moab Ventilator hiking shoes for backpacking, then went to the lighter Salomons. But I still wear the Moabs for walking around town, running errands, etc. Very comfortable and will last a long time. One of my hiking buddies has size 13 feet and has always had problems with boot/shoe fit. Our last trip (76 miles) he wore a pair of Moabs and loved them. I noticed BassPro has them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I've had a couple pairs of Brooks before and liked them although not the best for longevity and comfortability. In my opinion you get what you pay for and for a job like yours you are going to need to pay a little more. I found that Nike Air are the best in terms of comfortable long lasting on your feet all day shoes.
    Actually, I kept buying the Brooks because they are the most comfortable shoes I've worn in my life.
    They weren't cheap, either, at $130 list.

    I like the Nike idea, but sadly, it sound as if they will be too expensive. Please reread my post.
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    I like Newbalance for every day use. They have a wide range of styles and sizes and reasonably priced. I always go for a stiffer sole, which should help with all those miles you put on your feet Finchy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Actually, I kept buying the Brooks because they are the most comfortable shoes I've worn in my life.
    They weren't cheap, either, at $130 list.

    I like the Nike idea, but sadly, it sound as if they will be too expensive. Please reread my post.
    It's been many years since I had Brooks and all I remember is them not lasting very long and they didn't have much support for being on your feet all day.

    Yes I read your post correctly the first time. That's why I said "you get what you pay for" and you may have to pay more to get a shoe that's going to be comfortable and last a long time for all day wear. My job requires me to be on my feet all day running around on concrete floors. The only shoes that I've found to have great wear and great comfortability is Nike Air. And they come in black so they don't show all the dirt from everyday running around at work.

    Yes they are pricey but worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    It's been many years since I had Brooks and all I remember is them not lasting very long and they didn't have much support for being on your feet all day.

    Yes I read your post correctly the first time. That's why I said "you get what you pay for" and you may have to pay more to get a shoe that's going to be comfortable and last a long time for all day wear. My job requires me to be on my feet all day running around on concrete floors. The only shoes that I've found to have great wear and great comfortability is Nike Air. And they come in black so they don't show all the dirt from everyday running around at work.

    Yes they are pricey but worth it.
    So, you don't think $130 is a lot to pay for shoes? What do the Nikes go for, pray tell?
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    Actually I was on a budget with my last work shoe purchase and picked up a pair of Nunn Bush at Kohls. They look like low top hiking boots but are actually a tennis shoe. They only cost $85 and have lasted me a year so far of all day running around on concrete floors. I just looked them up and they cost $115 on this site. Very comfortable shoes with great wearability.

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    Nurses shoes.

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    I need a pair of COMFORTABLE, reasonably-priced tennis shoes

    Do they have to be shoes? For years I've worn Blundstone slip on's with superfeet insoles. Super comfy and long lasting, with impeccable style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norton55 View Post
    Nurses shoes.
    That's a Croc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    So, you don't think $130 is a lot to pay for shoes? What do the Nikes go for, pray tell?
    Jeez try to help a brother out and all I get is tude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That's a Croc.

    Not those!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by norton55 View Post
    Not those!!!!
    Sorry I forgot the last part of that sentence. .....of sh!t.


    Actually some nursing shoes may be the ticket for Mr. Finch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by norton55 View Post
    Not those!!!!
    I'm pretty sure you had something like these beauties in mind.

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    I like the blue heart, thats right down Finch's alley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norton55 View Post
    I like the blue heart, thats right down Finch's alley.
    And they are easy slip on and out of for those drunk after work stupors.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norton55 View Post
    I like the blue heart, thats right down Finch's alley.
    It's a nice touch, it'll show that Finchy cares despite his gruff exterior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    It's a nice touch, it'll show that Finchy cares despite his gruff exterior.
    Yep, he's a unicorn kinda' guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Jeez try to help a brother out and all I get is tude.
    Lol, no 'tude there, my mang. Just a couple o' questions, is all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by norton55 View Post
    Yep, he's a unicorn kinda' guy.
    I thought more of a norwal
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Actually I was on a budget with my last work shoe purchase and picked up a pair of Nunn Bush at Koals. They look like low top hiking boots but are actually a tennis shoe. They only cost $85 and have lasted me a year so far of all day running around on concrete floors. I just looked them up and they cost $115 on this site. Very comfortable shoes with great wearability.

    Parkside - 84225 - Nunn Bush Shoes - The Official Website
    Nice! Are the sizes accurate, do you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    I thought more of a norwal
    lol you focking focks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Nice! Are the sizes accurate, do you think?
    Yes I'm wearing a size 12 right now which is what I always wear. They really are comfy and long wearing shoes.

    I bought mine at Kohls a year ago for $85.

    I just looked them up at Kohls and they are still $85 bucks there.

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    How about a pair of these? They look all-day-long comfy to me.
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    $130 is nothing when it comes to proper fit and more importantly the support and comfort you need. On the surfaces you're on all day, cheap shoes without the right support have been known to cause problems years down the road, mainly back and posture issues. I'd say around $100 is about average these days for a good pair of tennis / running /trail shoes. I'm a New Balance guy, Nikes arches are too high for my feet. I just bought a pair of NB fantom fit trail shoes at Academy. They were $85, and the most comfortable pair of tennis shoes I've ever owned.

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    I buy the cheap Big-5 , Payless shoes ... shoes. They last a good while for $20.
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    Nice kicks Hawg!

    I suggest Uggs!

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    If not Uggs then maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    I buy the cheap Big-5 , Payless shoes ... shoes. They last a good while for $20.
    Fish, I am exactly the same. I THRASH shoes with all the saltwater I spill on them at work. No way I am gonna spend more than 20-25 bucks on a pair of t-shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Fish, I am exactly the same. I THRASH shoes with all the saltwater I spill on them at work. No way I am gonna spend more than 20-25 bucks on a pair of t-shoes.
    Yeah, You saw that I tried to cut my toes off with a chisel a couple months ago right?
    I'd been pissed to do that to $130 pair of kicks..
    I buy expensive Hunting boots and Work Boots, only because they kick in $150 voucher.
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    Hey Finchy, how about some Crocs?
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    Whatever you decide on, make sure you getcha some of these to wear underneath...
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    And be really very careful not get a case of this gunk...
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    ...but if you do, getcha some of this stuff...
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    OK, I'm done with this thread now.

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    Dam Hawg, is that toe syphilis?
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    WOOPS there it is ^^^ yuck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    And be really very careful not get a case of this gunk...
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    +1 on the Merrell Moab Vent. I wear the low version and they are the
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    How about a pair of these? They look all-day-long comfy to me.
    These are a bit much but I have to admit that they kinda make me wanna rock and roll all night and party every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    These are a bit much but I have to admit that they kinda make me wanna rock and roll all night and party every day.
    They make me want to go through life hiding behind a face of makeup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Yes I'm wearing a size 12 right now which is what I always wear. They really are comfy and long wearing shoes.

    I bought mine at Kohls a year ago for $85.

    I just looked them up at Kohls and they are still $85 bucks there.

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    Ordered me a set of these. The water-resistance is what sold me, as I'll be out in the rain sometime, if it ever rains again.

    Thanks for all the help, folks.
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    I need a pair of COMFORTABLE, reasonably-priced tennis shoes

    Rockport world travellers little pricey but you can find them for around 80$ on sale. Super comfortable last forever. I wear mine 5 days a week, a lot of walking and I get a least two years out of them. Could probably get four years but I don't take care of them.


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    Light hikers are a good option if you walk a lot. I've had mixed luck with Merrell-some were good and some just didn't fit right. I bought some Oboz recently-not a brand I'd heard of but they're really comfortable and seem very well made...if you have foot issues (I do) it's better not to cheap out on shoes. Treat your feet well and they'll take care of you!
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    fiveten has nice lite hike and approach shoes. i agree with cyclelicious on the Blunnies if you can find some originals. i have a pair that's seen years of abuse from city streets to months in wet pac nw hikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Actually I was on a budget with my last work shoe purchase and picked up a pair of Nunn Bush at Kohls. They look like low top hiking boots but are actually a tennis shoe. They only cost $85 and have lasted me a year so far of all day running around on concrete floors. I just looked them up and they cost $115 on this site. Very comfortable shoes with great wearability.

    Parkside - 84225 - Nunn Bush Shoes - The Official Website
    I have a pair of those too. Good shoes. They were on sale when I bought them. I paid ~$70. You can get 15%-20% coupons on retailmenot. Lately when I need shoes I just go straight to Kohls because I always end up buying there after going to a bunch of other places, though I did buy a pair of hiking boots off the clearance rack at Dunhams last month
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Ordered me a set of these. The water-resistance is what sold me, as I'll be out in the rain sometime, if it ever rains again.

    Thanks for all the help, folks.
    Cool! I think your feet will thank me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Cool! I think your feet will thank me.
    Not sure how they'll do that, and not sure I wanna know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Not sure how they'll do that, and not sure I wanna know.
    Trust me when it happens you'll know.
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    I too have often gotten pretty good deals on cheap lightweight "hiking" boots at Big 5.

    As long as they fit well, they are decent enough for just kickin' around town, grocery shopping, etc. But I like JK's suggestion about the Merrels.
    I'll have to check them out next time I'm our local REI store.

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    Dansko shoes are the better nurses shoes. Also there is Mizuno and Saucony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelnatz View Post
    Dansko shoes are the better nurses shoes. Also there is Mizuno and Saucony.
    Yes, that's what I do, I'm a nurse.

    Nurse THIS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Yes, that's what I do, I'm a nurse.

    Nurse THIS.
    Are you a "wet" nurse?

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    Maybe a combination of this thread and this other one we would have the perfect walking experience.

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    Light weight hiking shoes, should last years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Actually I was on a budget with my last work shoe purchase and picked up a pair of Nunn Bush at Kohls. They look like low top hiking boots but are actually a tennis shoe. They only cost $85 and have lasted me a year so far of all day running around on concrete floors. I just looked them up and they cost $115 on this site. Very comfortable shoes with great wearability.

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    Ordered me a set of these. The water-resistance is what sold me, as I'll be out in the rain sometime, if it ever rains again.

    Thanks for all the help, folks.
    Hey Finch I walked in to KOHL'S today and scored a pair of the Nunn Bush shoes we discussed on a Black Friday deal. Walked out at $61.55 total.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Hey Finch I walked in to KOHL'S today and scored a pair of the Nunn Bush shoes we discussed on a Black Friday deal. Walked out at $61.55 total.
    Glad they work for you. I am tolerating them, but as they say, if you can't say anything nice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Glad they work for you. I am tolerating them, but as they say, if you can't say anything nice...

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    Seriously! You don't like them.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Seriously! You don't like them.
    I've worn worse, believe me but they have too many drawbacks to rank up there in wearability, as far as I'm concerned..
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    Those Nunn Bush shoes look really comfy.

    I'm reporting back in because I scored a pair of REALLY comfy work shoes at Payless for 30 bucks. They're black Safe T step Zeus work shoes....in 11 W they fit me like a custom shoe.

    Plus, they are light, supportive, and very quiet to walk on wooden floors with.

    The guy there told me they are bought by lots of waiters who spend long hours on their feet running around......made sense to me to get a shoe that people who stand around in for 8-12 hours a pop find comfy, and boy they are.

    They do still have those pesky laces though........at my age, laces can be "challenging".

    But for 30 bucks, if they last 6 months I'll call it a win.

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    The only sneakers I'll wear are Asics, running shoes they're usually in the 100 buck range but they are the most comfortable. I've got 5 pairs at the moment although some date back to 2007.

    Also, I cannot stress this enough: you have to have quality socks no matter what footwear you use.

    For work shoes I use the Rockport City Play Eberdon, these are the most comfortable work shoe I've ever had. Got brown and black as a matter of fact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    The only sneakers I'll wear are Asics, running shoes they're usually in the 100 buck range but they are the most comfortable. I've got 5 pairs at the moment.

    Also, I cannot stress this enough: you have to have quality socks no matter what footwear you use.

    For work shoes I use the Rockport City Play Eberdon, these are the most comfortable work shoe I've ever had. Got brown and black as a matter of fact.
    I see what you did there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    I've worn worse, believe me but they have too many drawbacks to rank up there in wearability, as far as I'm concerned..
    Well you wanted a fairly cheap sub $100 shoe that passed all of your criteria. Comfortable all day with weatherproof to "boot". I stumbled on to these just by chance over a year ago. I've worn them for 8 hours a day running on concrete floors for a year now. They are still holding up without coming apart although I have noticed the comfort over time has broken down a bit. But because of their affordability and great wear and comfort I opted for another pair while on sale. Sorry you were disappointed. Although at an $85 price point they would have to be pretty bad IMO to bich and moan about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Well you wanted a fairly cheap sub $100 shoe that passed all of your criteria. Comfortable all day with weatherproof to "boot". I stumbled on to these just by chance over a year ago. I've worn them for 8 hours a day running on concrete floors for a year now. They are still holding up without coming apart although I have noticed the comfort over time has broken down a bit. But because of their affordability and great wear and comfort I opted for another pair while on sale. Sorry you were disappointed. Although at an $85 price point they would have to be pretty bad IMO to bich and moan about them.
    hey, its just like a saddle, different strokes for different folks.

    I'm wearing them, they are passable, no biggie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    hey, its just like a saddle, different strokes for different folks.

    I'm wearing them, they are passable, no biggie.

    Holy crap Johnson you took what I said wrong. My point was you get what you pay for. Any shoe under $100 is not going to be perfect. I was apologizing for sending you down the wrong road. But as you said different strokes for different folks. I find they fit the bill perfectly for me.
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