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Shoe advice (human shoes, semi-horse related)

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  • #21
    Corrective shoeing for humans! Timely post. I am dealing also with PF to the nth degree. I had not heard of some of these shoes and I will go investigate. I have been using the Dr. Scholls inserts for PF with some success, but after turning out and taking in 23 horses individually every day, along with all the other walking around the farm, I have to do something else. I've been doing lots of stretches and ice, etc, but my poor feet are killing me. I need a ranch horse just to carry me around all day with my heels down to fix the dang PF!

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    • #22
      Merrells and Keens. Go to a fancy shoe store that has a lot of selection and try on all of the Merrell and Keen shoes. You will quickly realize what works for you. I love the Merrell clogs with the sheepskin lining. I also have several pairs of Keen shoes. I like my Dansko shoes but only wear them when I know I will not be rushing or overly tired.

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      • #23
        I have some nice Dansko sandals but must've gotten them a size too big, and they turn like crazy on me. Our roads here are rocky and I walk a lot for work. I finally got a pair of tough stable sandals for day work - they wound up being Keens.
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          #24
          Thanks guys!

          I got a pair of cute Clarke's for the "good" foot until the cast comes off. Then I am going to investigate all these brands!
          From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.

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          • #25
            Do you have custom orthotics? I have 3 pairs and take a pair shoe shopping with. I have had horrible PF in the past and pretty much only buy shoes that I can fit them into.

            My most comfortable choices are running shoes or Blundstones with orthotics. I also have a pair of Spanish clogs that are very comfortable and very supportive (without the need for orthotics) but I am blanking on the name and am not at home to check.

            Other brands that I do well with are Naot, Ecco ,Fluevog (for nicer wear). Basically, when you shoe shopping, pick up the shoe and see if you can twist the instep. If there is a lot of twist there is very little support. You want it to be stiff through the instep.

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            • #26
              Have you looked at the bottoms of them? I love Danskos, but did used to roll my ankles wearing them- not badly enough to stop wearing them though. I must walk oddly, because the inner heel would wear away significantly over time. This would enhance the odds of ankle rolling. When I noticed what was happening, I got a pair of Ariat clogs. They're decent but some stitching fell out.

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              • #27
                I just ordered custom orthotics to help with my plantar fasciltis. I plan on putting them in whatever shoes I get to teach horse camp this summer.

                I'm a teacher so I'm on my feet ALL day in flats. I'm not allowed to wear sneakers, so there aren't many appropriate footwear choices with support.

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                • #28
                  Any one mentioned Naot shoes yet? My SO is a chef and he's used all kinds of shoes Dansko included. The Naot shoes are the ones he's liked the best by far. Spendy but his pair is on year 2 and he just replaced footbed.

                  http://www.naot.com/

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                  • #29
                    Birkenstock makes a lot of different styles, some of which don't look "Birk-ish" at all and would be fine for wearing to the barn. The Footprints line has the same support but would be much more protective than sandals. They give great support in the metatarsal area.
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                    • #30
                      Birkis "cured" my PF, I am sure. If I am not in my riding boots, I am in birkis. I DO wear the rubber garden clogs from Tractor Supply for bath time, but otherwise......

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                        #31
                        Thanks again guys!

                        I looked at the Naots--other than the price , they have the look I like! I am not opposed to any of the other suggestions either. It will be a while until I can fully test out some of them, but we have a "Walking Store" nearby that seems to carry a lot of these brands so I can do side-by-side comparisons.

                        I have over 15 pairs of Danskos, 75% of which are in almost new shape, because I have collected them over the last 10 years. That would run about $1500+ retail now--sigh! I don't look forward to waiting that long to repopulate my shoe collection.
                        From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.

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