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Old 03-16-2013, 07:56 PM
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Default Favorite Work Shoes?

I know a lot of you guys work in vet clinics, boarding kennels, pet stores, and so forth. And we seem to have a lot of sneaker geeks here .

For that type of environment, what kind of shoes do you use? I'm SO hard on my shoes, I work in pet store retail on cement floors. I bought some Dr. Scholl's work specific shoes, and although they have been good as far as not giving me pain, I bought them in November I think and they are falling apart. I've tried thinner running sneaker types, I had a lot of pain. I tried New Balance tone ups, pretty, but I had a lot of foot pain and they frayed and fell apart. I'd really like to find something that is more durable than just a few months too.

I'm always in the fish tanks and getting the shoes wet, so breathable but water resistant is necessary too. I've looked at Danskos but I'm concerned that they are so enclosed, they wouldn't be very breathable and would smell.

I don't know, what do you guys wear?

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Old 03-16-2013, 08:07 PM
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I adore my Keens for work. I do lots and lots and lots of carry outs of big bags of dog food to customer cars. It's SO nice to be able to step in a puddle and not have wet feet the rest of the day!

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Old 03-16-2013, 08:23 PM
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Lol... Chucks?

I like my pumas and NB Minimus too.

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Old 03-16-2013, 08:38 PM
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Well, I WOULD wear my VFFs but my boss says no because they look different But I do wear them, along with my pajamas, when I do weekend kennels

Instead, I wear these water shoes I find at Walmart. They're around $8 and full of awesome. They don't last more than a couple months, but for $8 that's okay with me. I just stock up to get through the winter months when they're not available. Super comfortable, minimalist, and still pass for regular shoes.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:48 PM
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I will take a look at the Keens. We have Merrel too where I work, so maybe trail shoes like that would be best.

I wish we sold VFF's, I would feel so much more comfortable wearing them if we actually sold them haha.

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Old 03-16-2013, 08:51 PM
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I liked my Danskos when working in kennels - water resistant, comfy, durable, and pretty nonslip, too. I always wore socks in mine and had no issue with odor.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:14 PM
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Keens look really cute and I want a pair, but I've never tried them to know how comfy they are...

I love my Chucks (like totally just bought another pair on clearance at Target today...) but I wouldn't recommend them if you're on your feet all day, especially if you have any kind of flat foot. Even working at a desk for most of my day, wearing them all day sometimes makes my feet hurt. If I make the mistake of wearing them somewhere I have to actually walk all day (I wore them to Chicago once... not my brightest moment), oh Lordie, woe to my feetsies.

My Kangaroos are probably my most comfortable sneakers to wear all day. Although one day I wore my Brooks Pureflows to work because I was going straight to the gym afterwards and that was like BEST FOOT DAY EVER, but I don't want to wear out my running shoes bumming around work. =P

Danskos are supposed to be incredibly comfortable and healthy for your feet. I think my mom got a pair when her feet started giving her trouble. They aren't super cute but she liked how they felt.

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Old 03-16-2013, 09:20 PM
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Wore Danskos at work and loved them!
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:22 PM
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Shoes for crews. But I forget what pair I have so that's probably not helpful.

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