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    dont know who to ask so i rekon this is a good place. i walk on concrete all day at work for up to 12 hopurs a day and wear tennis shoes and it is very uncomfortable and painfull. what are the most comfortable shoes i can get for this?

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    Default Comfy Boots

    These work well for me.

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    Tennis shoes seem to work for riding, walking, hiking, even fly fishing, They are the universal wear anywhere shoe.

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    Used to be on my feet all day too. Best shoes I found were from Mason Shoes or Red Wings. Good luck on your quest, realize how hard it is but those shoes made my job a bit more comfortable. Hope this helps. Ride safe.

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    See if you can find some Keene Hiking Boots. I bought a pair like these about a year ago and I really like them. They are extremely light weight and very comfortable. Walking all day in them is no problem for me. They're waterproof too as an added bonus.

    http://www.keenfootwear.com/us/en/product/fw11/shoes/men/trailhead/delta/black!laurel%20oak
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    maskedman72,

    The most comfortable walking shoes that I have found are Reebok DMXMAX which have air chambers that truly cushion your feet while walking or standing still. Readily available at Reebok outlet stores around the country. I've been using them for many years and have not found anything that compares. I have no financial interest in Reebok, just a very satisfied customer.

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    I have a pair of swat boots -
    Pretty cheap and can use them for riding "if" you can shift, the soles are pretty thick. I have floor boards on my bikes, but one dosn't have a heal toe shifter and that boot does not work well for me on that one.

    price is right - under 100 bucks for mine.

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    When i was a sales counselor at Circuit City, I asked some of the guys that had been on their feet for years and they told me:

    Spend the money and get some good shoes. Cheap shoes break down and in the end you'll spend more buying new shoes more often. They recommended ROCKPORTS.. and they were right.
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    I wear Bates Ultra Lite Boots EO2261 for riding and they are VERY comfortable for walking on all kind of surfaces. Best all around boot I've worn. They're better than the Military issue boots. And a whole lot better than "Harley boots." or ones like them.

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    When I use to work, we had to wear safety shoes or boots. The company for which I worked had a contract with a safety shoe company. A few times I got a pair of safety low-quarter, leather top safety shoes that had a non ferrous safety tip. The maker is Hytest and the thick rubber soul was so soft that when I first put them on, I thought that I was literally walking on air. They really cushioned my feet.

    I also found out that letter carriers (can't call them mailmen anymore!), the ones that walk to deliver mail, wear the same shoes.

    You might want to check Hytest shoe manufacturer out. They might really save your feet.

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    You will have to spend some $$ to get high quality work shoes or boots with steel or rigid plastic arch supports. Wolverine, Red Wing, Caterpillar, Chippewa, maybe Die Hard at Sears. (Lots of others) You may want to add insoles for additional padding. Don't get steel toe safety shoes unless they are required.

    I spent 40 years in manufacturing, most of it pounding hard floors, and some 12 hour (or more) shifts too. If you feet bother you it makes you whole day miserable. If you expect to stay employed (lucky you) and are making a good income, $100 or so is a really good investment in you comfort and feeling good when you get home.

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    New Balance makes a "mailman" sneaker, you can walk ALL DAY in them, of you don't wat to go the "boot" route


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    If you have a fleet farm near you look at the shorter motorcycle riding boots with the gell heel. I walk more than 7 miles four nites a week on parking ramps and streets. My shin splints almost killed me the first two nites then I went to my motor cycle boots and have not changed back to the work shoes from red wing that I keep in the trunk of the car yet. Shoes are lighter but the cushion in the boots is the way to go..



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    I think the biggest thing that gets forgotten is that your ankles need support as well. There are some very good examples listed here but light weight and support is the best.
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    Magnum Safety toe Workboots. I have the slip on kind. No concrete, but walking steel all day, I am happy with them as a good pair of tennis shoes. I looked and can't find a model # but Acadamy is where I got them. They are a wellington type design.
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    Check out Ecco shoes. They make all styles (sneakers, boots dress shoes ect...). They are not cheap, but most good things aren't.

    I bought my first pair about 17 years ago to replace my worn out sneakers and never went back to sneakers. My knees used to bother me after being on my feet all day and these shoes ended my pain.

    I have found that no matter what you decide to wear, the best thing you can do is get two or more pairs and swap out every day. Seems to let the cushioning material have time to rebound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milbear View Post
    I wear Bates Ultra Lite Boots EO2261 for riding and they are VERY comfortable for walking on all kind of surfaces. Best all around boot I've worn. They're better than the Military issue boots. And a whole lot better than "Harley boots." or ones like them.

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    These are used for tactical units - those guys (and gals...) are on their feet all the time.

    If you do get these for riding, be sure to get the version that has Gor-Tex.

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    I know where your'e coming from the best and i think i tried every kind are rockport and SAS.Go to a good shoe store any try some out not cheap but were the best i found.

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    I've worn this boot for over 40 years. http://www.redwingshoes.com/red-wing...-pull-on-brown

    The SuperSole is very lightweight, very durable, and grips like a car tire.

    They improved it about a decade ago when then added the DynaForce® Insole.

    It will be the best $200 you can spend. If you don't like pull ons, find a model with the above sole and insole with this link:
    http://www.redwingshoes.com/red-wing-technology-videos



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    I have to agree with 01 winger. SAS shoes are great for concrete. I only wish they made boots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt(BCNV) View Post
    New Balance makes a "mailman" sneaker, you can walk ALL DAY in them, of you don't wat to go the "boot" route


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt(BCNV) View Post
    New Balance makes a "mailman" sneaker, you can walk ALL DAY in them, of you don't wat to go the "boot" route


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    I agree on the mailman from New balance. I'm on concrete 8 to sometimes 16 hours a day.
    SPEND Xtra $ on GOOD shoes! If you go with New Balance sneakers, by all means go to the 800 or higher number series. anything lower is cheap shoestore crap and breaks down in 2 months or less.


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    Wolverine Dura Shocks. Made for concrete floors....paul

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    A friend who is on concrete floors at Home Depot all day said that "New Balance 608" are the only one's that work for him. I now use them for my daily 2 mile walk & they're great.
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    Having been a mailman for 24 years, the best thing I did for my aching feet is go to one of the Dr. Scholl machines (http://www.footmapping.com/footmapping/home/index.jspa) and get orthotics to match my feet. I now have 3 pairs that I rotate in all my shoes; tennis, walking or riding boots.

    After getting fitted, be sure to have them the next time you buy shoes.

    As far as brand of shoes, for me, New Balance have been the best tennis style shoe and Bates has been the best riding boots.
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    After spending decades in retail pounding the sales floor all day long I finally found these...

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    I 2nd the Wolverine Dura Shocks.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Milbear View Post
    I wear Bates Ultra Lite Boots EO2261 for riding and they are VERY comfortable for walking on all kind of surfaces. Best all around boot I've worn. They're better than the Military issue boots. And a whole lot better than "Harley boots." or ones like them.

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    I second a boot like that. We wore some very, very similar for 20 years on the FD. Only ours were made by "Hi-tech" and "Magnum" was the model.

    http://www.lapolicegear.com/mahifo.html

    They are by far, some of the lightest, most comfortable work boots I've used for over 30 years. We're on them forever on concrete, off road, and more. They're incredibly light, durable and comfortable. I even use them on the bike for riding, ultra comfortable and ergonomically form fitting. You'd love'm.
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