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need good MENS walking shoes

Most of the recommendations I've read on the Graffiti Wall are suggestions for women's shoes. I have had some real foot problems and need a good recommendation for men's shoes. We'll be on Rick's tour of Italy in July so it will be hot and lots of walking. I really don't want to ruin the trip because of foot problems. Best luck I've had so far are ECCO's. Any other suggestions?
Thanks.
Bob

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I love my Rockports. Whatever brand fits you best, be sure the shoes are well broken in BEFORE you leave for Europe.

Posted by
769 posts

I love my Merrells - med-hikers. Good support - not too heavy. Rick seems to love his eccos - which looks really nice too. Try a pair or two and go for a "hike" around town a few times. Some brands will fit your food better than others - so go try a few at a good store with knowledgable staff. Also - id look for good Vibram soles (low or higher rised boot/shoe)- waterproof or goretex if possible too!

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I like Clark shoes. Also have a pair of Clark sandals which I wore most of the time on trips to warm places like Italy, Portugal and Spain.

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ECCO city walkers == best ever

Posted by
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Go to www.nbwebexpress.com and check out the 926's. Style is #MW926GR.
These guys have a roll bar for EXCELLENT arch support. They run about $105 and are gray this season.
I had a pair last year that I wore for 3 weeks straight, and never had any problems with feet or back. I plan to get another pair when we return to Europe the spring of '08.

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Bob, I love my Rocksports also, but they have to be well broken in (this holds true for any shoe)

I also take along a pair of sandals: "Crocs"........I have hiked in rocky desert areas, in cities, and use them when wading/swimming in water!

We are going back to Italy in June, and I plan on using the Crocs for most "hoofing".....and the Rocksports for dining, etc.

I know.....it violates Rick's rule of only one pair of shoes.....but I would not want to caught dead without my Crocs on a warm day!

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I too have been searching for "best walking shoes" and like Bob, discovered that most of the recommendations were for women. Through Kent's wonderful instructions for his Google search on RS website, I found Bob's original posting that echo's my sentiment, not much in the way of Men's shoes.

My husband doesn't have any specific foot problems, but does have back issues. I'm looking for recommendations for walking shoes, NOT hiking boots, or sneakers (trainers)if possible, as we would be mostly doing some city sidewalk walking, and perhaps walk a bit in the Cotswolds. Men, have you any current suggestions to add to this list, and if so, please be specific in the type of shoe itself, not just the brand name. Thanks a million for your help.

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Bob,
I bought a pair of Rockport World Tour walking shoes for my trip to Ireland on the 11th. They're light and comfortable but my Streecars walking shoes with the gel inset in the heel are more comfortable yet.
They're a little heavier but much more comfortable. The best advice is to try several brands and pick what's comfortable for you. All feet are different and what works for one person may not work for the next. Happy travels!

Posted by
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Two year old question....posters...instead of responding to a two year old question.....start a new one. People will come here and answer Bob because they don't read the previous posters responses nor look at dates.

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I bought a pair of Keen Austin shoes for our Italy trip last July, and I've been happy with them. I've worn them virtually every day since then, and they've held up extremely well. A very supportive and comfortable shoe.

I will also point out that I had some custom orthotics made a few years ago, and I have these in place of the shoe's standard inserts.

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Yeah Frank, and when they do, they'll get told that question has already been asked and they should search the site.....lol Seems like Bob's question & Diane's question are the same, what, so nobody else will learn from the replies regardless of who they reply to? There's just no pleasing everybody, is there? :o)

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Maggie....she DID search the site....but if she's asking for additional recommendations, she should really post a new question. Otherwise, all of the e-mail notifications of responses will go to Bob, not to Diane.

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Thanks....Norm

Maggie, all she had to do was say she searched the site (which she did) and didn't find any postings less than two years old. Then, no one would have told her to search. And no one did anyway.

Posted by
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Merrell's. I took my Ecco's and Merrell's and preferred the Merrell's after walking all day in each. Both are very good but my feet hurt less with the Merrell's at the end of the day. I only wore the Ecco's one day.

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I found/stumbled on a pair of Dr Scholls's at a DSW, for only $45 that worked very well for me. I found them to be very comfortable, comparable to my New Balance running shoes in terms of support. I wore these for two weeks with no complaints or problems, so I suggest you add Dr. Scholls shoes to your shopping.

If you don't tolerate heat very well, I would also suggest backing up the shoe selection with a pair of comfortable sandals.

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My husband has plantar fasciitis (sp?) -- he can only wear ECCO shoes and is able to take one pair of lace-ups on our trips. I'm jealous as I have to take two prs of shoes. He started out taking two different prs of ECCOs, but the lace-up pr turned out to be his favorite -- no problems wearing them all day every day -- so now it's just the one pair on a trip.

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My sincere apologies to Bob for cluttering his inbox with donotreply notices due to my inconsiderate posting to his two year old post. I will repost the question so replies will come to me. Silly me thought the question was a timeless one, and since Bob asked the same question I wanted to ask, I figured he'd like to see the latest responses. Perhaps the webmaster can delete all postings that are older than six months to prevent such a faux pas from happening again (read humor into this last statement people!!!)

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It would be nice if there was an index of sorts that would group similar topics in to a category - capturing and making it easier to retrieve (placing latest posts first) all of the great information that has been deposited here . . .

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As I responded to a post in a similar vein, I am partial to New Balance shoes. They come in various widths, and there are numerous models. I also like Merrell shoes. I wear them all the time in US cities.

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I like black Rockport shoes : they look like athletic shoes, the uppers are soft black leather. Thick soles. These shoes cushion the feet. But shoes that have comfortable thick cushioning are warm. I am not sure of which shoes to recommend for wearing in a hot climate. My feet perspire profusely, therefore I bring additional socks. In a hot climate, I might I might wear three pairs of socks in one day.