My everyday shoes are the exact same model since I finished college. It’s cheap, always there, comfy, decent looking, and slips on. It’s a standard black, and has had at least a dozen different names I never remember because they literally do not matter.
@duodec +1 for Danner. I have an old injury to my foot and sturdy shoes like Danner makes provide the support I need to make it through the day. New Balance used to work for me, but the last pair I got was not as comfortable (or as durable) as earlier models.
Sperry ORIGINAL Top-Siders. Have worn them pretty much every day since the 70’s. Always have at least 6 pairs in the closet to rotate daily, but typically take the oldest pair on one last vacation adventure and leave them behind to rest in peace. I hope that someone where I’ve abandoned my lost soles have been able to put them to good use because they feel like GLOVES on your feet. No socks EVER!!!
Adidas for sneaks. It’s been Born for a while for work shoes, think I picked up on those here, but they seem to be hit or miss lately. Maybe I’ll check out some of the other recommendations here.
My wife has been on Hoka One Ones since she broke her ankle and the surgeon recommended them to her. She seems to like them a great deal and they’re supposed to be good for your feet and their neighbors.
@gio How do they hold up? The 5000 mile warranty seems like a gimmick, but I’ve been interested in possibly buying a pair of their sandals for a while.
Also, have you worn their sandals to the beach? Does too much sand get stuck under the straps and wear off your skin?
@Limewater I have no idea how many miles I’ve put on my shoes but I’m still on my first pairs of all styles after three or four years and the soles are fine. The tops are getting shabby and I have spares of the Z-trails and Hana on hand and am planning to get new Terraflex soon since I’ve been beating up current ones during home renovations.
I don’t go to the beach but have had occasional trouble on sandy trails with stuff sandpapering the sole of my foot as grit gets trapped in my sandal.
Running: Reebox Classic Runners, though they’ve been hard to find lately
Lifting: Knock-off chucks
Casual: Feiyues (The Chinese originals, not the French knock-offs)
Work: Whatever fairly rugged derbys or boots I can get cheap and think will last.
Fitflop or Keens. Not everything I wear is a sandal, but most of it is. I really liked the Keen clogs I had but I’ve mellowed on the sport sandal. Fitflop has been a good source for even boots, which I wore through enough Chicago winters to wear out by the time I got to sunny NorCal. I still wore them a good while out here because they were comfy and warm, and winters here can still get you cold feet.
Merrell hiking shoes. They seem to form around your foot. Keens are a hit or miss for me. I bought some Keen work shoes that look like hiking shoes and those damn things would not break in at all. I tried different foot beds and still didn’t feel good. I know all Keens aren’t like that. It was a disappointing experience.
For a lightweight shoe, I go with Nike. I have a pair of their free run 2 and those are really nice. I’ve had good experiences with new balance as well.
Go to? Adidas. But I also have Nike, Jordan, Puma, Florsheim, Red Wing boots, but what I wear most aren’t shoes. It’s my Reef flip flops. No not the ones with the bottle opener. Just the most comfortable flip flops I’ve found.
Wow, I just missed being the first to mention Rockports, and it is 5:30 EDT! I like Rockports, with the soft soles, for dress shoes-remember them? I haven’t worn dress shoes since mid-March and then I retired at the end of April. For sneakers I like New Balance because, as others mentioned, they come in wide sizes. Right now I have another brand since I could not find a New Balance outlet and I don’t wear sneakers much. I have a pair of Bass “boat shoes” which are pretty good. I have a pair of Keen sandals which are good.
I have narrow feet with high arches so it is hard to find shoes that fit well. As a result I go by fit and not by brand. And I like well padded soles on my shoes. On boats I like the older Sperry topsiders and the old Scott Hawaii flip flops as they have the same topsider non-slip soles on them.
@davea510 Yeah that brand does that well (quality and fit). I wish the soles of their shoes were replaceable though. Those are the brand of my work shoes (there is one line that goes ok with pant suits and is narrow enough that with socks they fit me) and the bottom always bites the dust before the leather tops do.