Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Awesome Shoes

I have to give a big shout-out of thanks to Chap. After I complained about how much my feet hurt from walking so much back and forth to and from and around the Pentagon, Chap recommended picking up a pair of Deer Stag shoes.


I wasn't able to find a pair right off the bat. For a while there, I started wearing my steel-toe shipyard boots to work because they were a heckuva lot more comfortable than the Bates uniform shoes were.

Over Veteran's Day weekend (two weekends ago), my wonderful wife took me to a big warehouse-sized shoe store in Ashburn Village that had Deer Stag shoes in stock. I tried on a pair of Times with the SUPRO (Super Under-foot Pedorthic Radical Orthotic) inserts and they were instantly comfortable. My wife told me to walk a bit in them to be sure. I walked three laps around the warehouse, which I guesstimate was about half a mile, and they were really nice.


I thought about writing a laudatory blog post about them after my first day at work wearing them, but I figured that was too soon. I wanted to give them a week "on the road" before I started bragging about how awesome they are.

Well, it's been a week, and I LOVE these shoes. It's been one helluva week with a lot of speed walking back and forth around the Pentagon, too, but I feel like I've been walking on air.

If you're looking for something that'll pass as uniform shoes, but will be comfortable for lots of walking, then I highly recommend picking up a pair of Deer Stags.


H/T to Chap - my feet thank you!

Update: See Follow-Up on Comfy Shoes here.

6 comments:

Chap said...

Whoo hoo! I'm glad a random Internet search worked for *both* of us! Mine are holding out better than I thought they would--I've been beating them to death...

Kel said...

Good to know if my hubs ever needs some more comfortable uniform shoes! Thanks :)

fastnav said...

Guess it's time for me to do some internet purchasing.

Thesis is done and mover's are coming. Be there in December!

the wifey said...

i'll have to remember that in case my hubby has to do a lot of walking in uniform shoes in his next job...

MT said...

I am a fellow Pentagon officer, and wanted to offer a female version of comfortable shoes: Easy Spirit Caridad (no, they didn't pay me; it took me 5 other pairs of shoes to find them). Lower heel, but still fashionable, and a large, comfortable toe box...I wore a brand new pair for an entire day without discomfort!

blunoz said...

Thanks MT! I appreciate you adding the gouge for women's shoes. I have noticed several women walking around the Pentagon and wincing from pain with each step, so I'm glad there's a comfortable alternative for women, too.