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I have attached a picture of my shoe collection. It is quite sad. My old beat up sneakers and uggs currently get the most usage.

I really need a decent pair of shoes that I can wear with dressier pants. Anyone want to help out? I don't do well in heels, they kill my feet. Those slingbacks I have hurt and give me bad blisters when walking longer distances.
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  • CocoaCoilyCocoaCoily Posts: 2,648Registered Users
    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait a minute... Are those all the shoes you own???

    What kind of woman are you woman??!! :wink:
  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    How about a low- to mid-heel loafer. Something like this

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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    Are those really the only shoes you own?!?! :shock: I am simultaneously shocked and feeling incredibly guilty for how many shoes I own!

    I hate slingbacks. Every pair I've ever had or tried on hurt my feet and didn't stay on right.

    For comfortable, walkable-for-long-distances dress shoes, I like a shoe that has a solid heel, or even a wedge, not more than 2.5 inches high, also has a tiny bit of platform/support under the toe portion (so your foot isn't barely separated from the ground by a tiny layer of sole), and is firmly attached to your foot with some kind of strap (ankle strap, maryjane strap, etc.). Sometimes I'll also buy it just a tiny bit big so I can either put an insole in it, or add a heel fitter thing in the back to keep the back of the shoe from cutting into the back of your ankle.
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  • GuardianBGuardianB Posts: 1,818Registered Users
    Sorry. But I got you beat badly.

    And I'm a male. :P
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  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    Oh my! You need some shoes & I like the ones Geeky posted.
  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Posts: 4,144Registered Users
    tgreyz wrote:
    http://www.hirecharissa.com/pics/Clothes/sad shoes.jpg

    I have attached a picture of my shoe collection. It is quite sad. My old beat up sneakers and uggs currently get the most usage.

    I really need a decent pair of shoes that I can wear with dressier pants. Anyone want to help out? I don't do well in heels, they kill my feet. Those slingbacks I have hurt and give me bad blisters when walking longer distances.

    Don't feel bad, Tgreyz. I had the same amount you had around this time last year. For me "Limited funds=small shoe collection". I still have a pathetic collection compared to most. Even my DAD has more shoes than me now. :roll:

    How about these from Ninewest? Not sure what your shoe size is, but I think these would be cute. I don't like really high heels also(though I do have more than a few), and I don't do really well with certain flats(end up with a sore arch in my right foot), so these are good medium.

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    ETA: I just bought some really comfortable low-wedge flats from DSW last Thursday. Aerosoles has a line called "What's what", and they are some of the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn/tried on. I bought a pair of flats that work well with casual and dressy-casual wear. And they were only $29.99(reg. 39.99 but I had a $10 off coupon).
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  • tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
    CocoaCoily wrote:
    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait a minute... Are those all the shoes you own???

    What kind of woman are you woman??!! :wink:

    I know...I know. The only other shoes I have are a couple other pairs of cheap flip flops and 1 pair of sneakers for exercising. I know its sad. I'm extremely cheap and don't really need to own a bunch of shoes. So far my jobs haven't had any wardrobe requirements so I could go in sneakers and sweatpants.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    tgreyz wrote:
    CocoaCoily wrote:
    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait a minute... Are those all the shoes you own???

    What kind of woman are you woman??!! :wink:

    I know...I know. The only other shoes I have are a couple other pairs of cheap flip flops and 1 pair of sneakers for exercising. I know its sad. I'm extremely cheap and don't really need to own a bunch of shoes. So far my jobs haven't had any wardrobe requirements so I could go in sneakers and sweatpants.

    I would never go to work in sneakers and sweats, even if everyone else did! I'd at least upgrade myself to nice jeans, nice shoes, a nice top and maybe a jacket.

    They say to dress for the job you want, not the job you have, and I firmly believe in that.

    You should totally check Payless and JCPenney's for shoes - good prices and cute looks.
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  • CocoaCoilyCocoaCoily Posts: 2,648Registered Users
    If anyone is interested, I just got a 20% off coupon from Shoubuy.com. PM me your email addy and I'll have it forwarded.

    FYI, shoebuy.com - as well as zappos.com, shoes.com and others - offer free shiping and free return shipping. So, online shoe buying is no risk!
  • SaKkehSaKkeh Posts: 986Registered Users
    tgreyz wrote:
    http://www.hirecharissa.com/pics/Clothes/sad shoes.jpg

    I have attached a picture of my shoe collection. It is quite sad. My old beat up sneakers and uggs currently get the most usage.

    I really need a decent pair of shoes that I can wear with dressier pants. Anyone want to help out? I don't do well in heels, they kill my feet. Those slingbacks I have hurt and give me bad blisters when walking longer distances.

    :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Youre not alone...I have two pairs for work, one pair of flip-flops and one thats semi-nice for night. Thats it.
  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    You should totally check Payless and JCPenney's for shoes - good prices and cute looks.

    Payless does have lots of cute shoes for really cheap, but if you actually plan to wear the shoes on a regular basis, and also do lots of walking in them, I just don't think Payless is the way to go. They'll start to look beat up and/or fall apart after a month or 2 if you're wearing them every day and doing city walking in them! More economical to spend more (around $60) on something quality you can wear for at least a year, by my calculations.


    However, for cute shoes to wear with a specific outfit, Payless is definitely the way to go!
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    Who Me? wrote:
    PartyHair wrote:
    You should totally check Payless and JCPenney's for shoes - good prices and cute looks.

    Payless does have lots of cute shoes for really cheap, but if you actually plan to wear the shoes on a regular basis, and also do lots of walking in them, I just don't think Payless is the way to go. They'll start to look beat up and/or fall apart after a month or 2 if you're wearing them every day and doing city walking in them! More economical to spend more (around $60) on something quality you can wear for at least a year, by my calculations.

    I disagree, based on my personal experience. I've got two pairs of Payless shoes that are three years old, and they're wearing just fine. They're both black pumps, so I wear each at least twice a week, and I walk a lot in them.

    But that's just my personal experience. I will say that these were "expensive" Payless shoes - like $24.99 or whatever.
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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    I disagree, based on my personal experience. I've got two pairs of Payless shoes that are three years old, and they're wearing just fine. They're both black pumps, so I wear each at least twice a week, and I walk a lot in them.

    But that's just my personal experience. I will say that these were "expensive" Payless shoes - like $24.99 or whatever.

    That's impressive! I think you must be a much more graceful person than I am. :oops: I seriously beat the crap out of my shoes. Any shoe (meaning a pump, heeled loafer, ect. that I'd wear to work) I've ever owned that I wear more than 2x/week hasn't lasted much over a year. The bottom of the heel wears off so I don't have balance, and I wear holes though the sole under the ball of the foot, blah blah blah.

    Although I gotta say I don't really mind at all, because it's just an excuse to buy more shoes!!! Luckily all my "cute shoes" (i.e. anything other than black, or with a big heel) I don't wear often enough to wear out, so they last for years!


    Offtopic: I just bought the cutest pair of leopard print low-heels on Zappos that should be at my house RIGHT NOW! I can't wait to go home from work!
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    I like your tennis shoes. :D

    I might as well have only a couple of pairs of shoes. I wear my same flip flops and tennis shoes all the time. I have yet to find any "girly" shoes that are comfortable. I hate looking like a slouch all the time, but if the shoe isn't super comfortable (like my tennis shoes) I can't wear them for more than 30 minutes without major foot pain.

    If I could wear even a low heel I'd be all over some cute shoes!! I've tried on several ballet flats because I thought it was the answer to cute shoe with no heel since they're popular right now, but they all feel like walking on a bare concrete floor. :?

    Good luck finding some shoes..the ones posted so far are SO cute! :D
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  • bandladybandlady Posts: 183Registered Users
    Clark's has a line called "Artisan". These shoes have the comfort of Clarks but are dressier than the usual Clarks.
  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    :lol: Okay my shoe collection is a *little* better than yours, but I stress little . I really don't have a lot of shoes either. And the funny thing is, I have more flip flops than anything, and I live in MA!!!

    I used to have a ton of cute shoes, but I haven't done anything really for shoe shopping since my FIRST pregnancy - B is 2 1/2 - and my feet grew after her, so the shoes I HAD I had to get rid of.

    Very sad, but as a SAHM, not only do I not have the time, or money to go shopping, I really feel guilty building a wardrobe. I just feel that someday my husband will be making a lot of money, and when that happens, I'll be able to do stuff for myself, but being a mother of a toddler w/ a baby on the way, it seems pointless.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    Who Me? wrote:
    PartyHair wrote:
    I disagree, based on my personal experience. I've got two pairs of Payless shoes that are three years old, and they're wearing just fine. They're both black pumps, so I wear each at least twice a week, and I walk a lot in them.

    But that's just my personal experience. I will say that these were "expensive" Payless shoes - like $24.99 or whatever.

    That's impressive! I think you must be a much more graceful person than I am. :oops: I seriously beat the crap out of my shoes. Any shoe (meaning a pump, heeled loafer, ect. that I'd wear to work) I've ever owned that I wear more than 2x/week hasn't lasted much over a year. The bottom of the heel wears off so I don't have balance, and I wear holes though the sole under the ball of the foot, blah blah blah.

    Although I gotta say I don't really mind at all, because it's just an excuse to buy more shoes!!! Luckily all my "cute shoes" (i.e. anything other than black, or with a big heel) I don't wear often enough to wear out, so they last for years!


    Offtopic: I just bought the cutest pair of leopard print low-heels on Zappos that should be at my house RIGHT NOW! I can't wait to go home from work!

    I have to say that I am not very hard on shoes. I don't know why, but shoes and boots tend to last me FOREVER. Of course I also take good care of them, even if they're Payless cheapies! If I have a pair of shoes I love, I'm happy to pay to have them resoled and cleaned professionally. My cobbler will resole and clean a pair of pumps for $12.50 and knee-high boots for $18.50. And then I'm good to go for another couple years. :D
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  • katethegreatkatethegreat Posts: 801Registered Users
    If you have a Naturalizer near you, they make very good-quality shoes. They're a bit pricey, but one good pair should last you a long time.Here are some of the flatter designs:

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  • tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
    PartyHair: I didn't go to work in sweatpants all the time, sometimes I wore jeans. I really didn't see a point to dressing up when it was a dead end job at a crappy company with no room for growth or a raise at all. Obviously I would not wear sweatpants and sneakers to an interview.

    I have tried on shoes at Payless and they are incredibly uncomfortable. The ones I have tried on felt like I was walking around on a block of wood.

    Spring1onu: I also thought ballet flats were the answer to my problems. But the front ended up being too tight, the back too loose and it felt like I was walking on the floor.

    How much do you spend on shoes that you don't wear that often? I spent $70 or $80 on those Steve Madden cork wedges which was a huuuge mistake. So far I have worn them once, my feet killed and the stupid straps you wrap around your legs wouldn't stay tight.

    For some reason I feel guilty buying things for myself. Although as long as I don't go crazy I shouldn't feel guilty. I just hate to spend money on things that I will end up not using, like the above mentioned cork wedges.
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    Maybe you could visit www.shoeblogs.com The very entertaining person who runs the site frequently recommends Anne Klein and and Franco Sarto shoes for a polished, professional, comfortable, high-quality-for-the-price look. There are a lot of options from both these labels for about $70, and they seem to be in the style you're looking for. It's a bit pricey, but it could be a real investment, both for your wardrobe and your confidence.
  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    Depending on what size you are, you might also be able to find some shoes in the kids dept. I bought some black boots this weekend, plain MUDD black boots, in the kids dept on sale for like $20. The woman's version of the EXACT same thing was $50.
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    Eilonwy wrote:
    Maybe you could visit www.shoeblogs.com The very entertaining person who runs the site frequently recommends Anne Klein and and Franco Sarto shoes for a polished, professional, comfortable, high-quality-for-the-price look.

    I agree with this. Plus you can usually find great deals on Anne Klein and Franco Sarto shoes at TJMaxx, Ross, and Marshalls....and I do mean GREAT deals!
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  • mayimmayim Posts: 2,301Registered Users
    you're not going to find any comfortable, well made shoes at payless.

    do you have a t.j. maxx? check them out and just try on a whole bunch until you find something you like and you think will work for you.

    if your budget is tight and they aren't going to be your every day shoe, try to spend around $30-$50 and get something versatile that would work for dressy or dress-casual.

    make sure you have a very good feeling you'll wear them - don't spend very much time trying to talk yourself into anything.

    you can always try department stores too. sometimes you can find a good sale. make sure you walk around in the shoes a lot, and that they fit and are comfortable before you buy them. don't buy them thinking they'll be more comfortable when they're broken in.

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  • slinky1slinky1 Banned Posts: 1,612Banned Users
    There is nothing really wrong with the number and kind of shoes that you have...for your age and your income. A lot of what you have is a little too worn out to really keep wearing, though.

    You DO need some "smart" everyday shoes, but I know it is hard to find a pair that is stylish, fits well, is comfortable, and goes well with the pants that you wear. I guess you just have to keep trying. Make it a project. I wear ballet flats a lot (I really only wear that one pair now :oops: ), but I had to try different kinds to find ones that were best for me. No shoes really seem to be too comfortable on me, but I usually chalk it up to having weird feet.

    A lot of the "comfortable" pairs seem to look better on people with longer legs. Many times, these shoes tend to overwhelm my body.
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  • hayseedladyhayseedlady Posts: 646Registered Users
    Wearing heels isn't really a comfortable thing, you just have to get use to it. Looking good isn't about personal comfort, it's about looking good.

    If you are going to be walking a long distance, get some flats and carry your shoes with you and change at work. Also never drive in heels, you will scuff the back up and that just looks tacky.

    If I have to wiggle into hose, girdle, heels and nice dress, it isn't because I want to it's because I have to.

    Also never complain about your shoes hurting to a woman with a pinched look on her face. You think NC can get cruel!
  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    Flats are completely acceptable, stylish, AND comfortable - and I will choose to be comfortable AND stylish on most occasions. There are occasions where heels OR flats are called for, and can be worked into most outfits. It's all about what YOU want to wear. It's your feet, you can choose to not have them cramped.
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  • wild_sasparillawild_sasparilla Posts: 4,306Registered Users
    mayim wrote:
    you're not going to find any comfortable, well made shoes at payless.

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    check out www.shoedawg.com for comfortable shoes

    Don't worry about your shoe collection--do what works for you. I have a closet full of shoes that I never wear for one reason or another. I wear the same two pairs of Nursemates clogs to work--one brown and one black pair--same style. I used to come home every day with my feet literally screaming at me, then I developed a painful toe condition that I can't even remember the name of. That's when I knew comfort had to take precedence. I wasn't even wearing really high heels, but when you walk around all day on hard surfaces, it doesn't really matter. It took me a long time to stop feeling self conscious about not wearing shoes that I considered cute, but now, I don't even blink. I even wear those clogs when I'm not at work. They are literally like walking on marshmallows.

    My colleague wears the Clarks Artisan clogs every single day and she loves them. There was a break-in period, but she wears the same pair of shoes every single day now and they have held up well. They still look brand new.

    You could also try ballet flats?
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  • sew and sewsew and sew Posts: 3,443Registered Users
    I really like your black espadrilles. Currently my shoe collection isn't that much bigger either, if not about the same size, with three different pairs in rotation the most.

    Places like ROSS I've found are great for shoe shopping too-not every visit but often I manage to find some pretty sweet deals on good quality shoes.
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  • sew and sewsew and sew Posts: 3,443Registered Users
    mayim wrote:
    you can always try department stores too. sometimes you can find a good sale.

    That too. There's a ROSS at one of the local malls and a Macy's, Gottchalks, etc. Hitting the sales at those places and checking out the selection at ROSS usually pays off. You're not skimming on quality or style while not really shelling out too much, doesn't get better than that :)
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