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.