Readers’ tips for happy feet
So many of you have complained to me about your shoes and socks. Your feet hurt. Your socks slip. Why can’t you find what you’re looking for? It shouldn’t be this hard, right?
I asked readers for recommendations that might help. So here are their suggestions on comfy walk-all-day flats and no-slip, low-cut socks. A big thank you to so many of you who shared the results of the long search for happy feet.
(A note from Ellen: Some of your favorites were not as cute as I would like, but you be the judge of the trade-offs.)
Kim G. writes, “I’ve been standing at my job for 30 years and there is no bargain when taking care of your feet.” Kim likes Dansko flats from the outlet, danskooutlet.com. Diane D. buys Cole Haan shoes from Bloomingdales Outlet (bloomingdales.com) and Ecco brand from Nordstrom Rack (nordstromrack.com). Deborah L. expanded her search into more sporty lines with good results such as Anne Klein Sport ballet flats (zappos.com, $69 and up). From Linda V.: “Josef Seibel — the European Comfort Shoe” — are cute and comfortable (josefseibelusa.com, $120).” Kim M. recommends Abeo (abeofootwear.com, $99 and up).
Terri W. prefers Allbirds (allbirds.com) and Skechers (skechers.com) for all-day wear. Lynell M. also relies on Skechers. And Anne V. is another Skechers fan. Kathleen E-R writes, “My Vionic Pismo Casual Sneakers are adorable and come in so may colors and patterns (vionicshoes.com, $64.95). Pat B. loves her Vionics too. Jean T. is a Vionics fan and also recommends Clark Cloud Steppers (clarksusa.com). Anna C. is a Cloud Steppers fan as well. Also at that Clarks website, look at the leather flats that Georgette C. prefers. Christine S. has an array of Clarks in her closet.
Low-cut socks that stay put
Many readers swear by Bombas low-cut no shows (bombas.com, $12 and up). The company donates a pair to charity for every pair sold. Sheila H., Noreen K., Elizabeth G., Patricia S., Kathy R., George K., Janet S., Diane P., Cathy K., Judi B., Julianne H., Linda S. and Regina L. are all enthusiastic supporters.
Peggi likes Keds brand with a non-slip silicon dot at the heel (keds.com, 3 for $19.95). Nancy WM, Daniel S. and Kathleen J. swear by Sheec socks (sheecsocks.com, $10 and up). Beth B. and Ann S. like Sheecs too. Peter L. wears Smartwool (smartwool.com, $15 and up). Vicki H. buys her no-shows at Lululemon (shoplululemon.com, $14). Susan T. wears Saucony no-shows (saucony.com, $10). Colleen Z. and Kristi L. choose Peds Unseen Liner or Extreme Low Liner (target.com, 2 for $5 and up). Runner Erin P. buys Peds sport cut liner (target.com, 4 for $8). Runner Michele A. chooses Peds low sport liner, (target.com, 4 for $8). F. buys MeMoi brand with heel gel strips at TJ Maxx and other discounters (tjmaxx.com, memoi.com, $8). Runner Amy S. wears Littera men’s ankle socks (amazon.com, 6 for $14.99) but they make women’s too. Marie W. likes RIIQIICHY low-cut liners (amazon.com, $9.99 for 4).
By Ellen Warren
Tribune News Service
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