So for the last 10 years or so, I've been on a desperate search for shoes that would make my feet happy. I exercise a lot, have a pretty healthy and active life style and my feet were holding me back. When we go to Europe, we walk anywhere from 10-20 miles a day. I'm under 60 and on our last national park trip, I actually hiked the last 3 miles of a hike in my socks. I was carrying Chacos which I thought would make my feet happier, but didn't help, my daughter was carrying my hiking boots which had me close to tears. No pair of shoes would magically fix my feet which honestly when you look at them, don't look much different than anyone else's feet.
A friend convinced me to go back to a podiatrist or orthopedist, yet again. Dr did a CT and said my feet problems are a collection of a bunch of small issues that work together to make my life miserable and I was referred to place to get orthodics and ugly shoes. (in short, a high arch, wide, but "short" feet, 2nd toe a bit longer than big toe and a few other issues. Basically I was walking on about 25 % of my foot, if that) I delayed going for the orthodics because who wants ugly shoes? Finally, I took my work out shoes and a couple other pairs of shoes to the orthodics place (covered at 80% by my insurance) The person I worked with looked at my shoes and moved the metatarsal pad that I had purchased at a running store and already there is a huge difference, and I don't even have the orthodic yet. His recommendation is to wear my Birks at home, and my running shoes with the orthodic or the Birks where ever it makes sense, and then wear my other shoes/sandals within reason.
I don't mean to bore you all, but, honestly, I'm a changed person. There have been quite a few posts about searches for comfortable shoes. Tonight, I won't be taking Advil at bedtime. Please, travelers, if you have been searching for the magic shoe to make your feet happier, consider talking to a well respected orthopedist or podiatrist!