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Old 03-28-2014   #1
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Great shoes for photography...

I'm always on the lookout for shoes that will help me survive those long long walks when I'm out shooting. As I get older I need this more than ever. My Merrell shoes are okay, but they're not great. And when I tried the shoes my son recommended - Clark Dessert Boots -- I looked so stylish but ended up with blisters. A few years ago I bought an anti-fatigue mat from a company called Skydex -- and the mat was fantastic in every way. Really saved my legs. So when they e-mailed me about their new Battle Trainers and provided a coupon code SPRINGSHOES -- I had to give them a try. They arrived 2 days ago, and I love them so much I bought a second pair today. Here's the link: https://www.skydex.com/store/shoes Skydex manufactures for the military and to spec -- the fit, finish, and details are great. These shoes only come in a dessert tan camouflage -- I thought my wife who is a shoe-aficionado would hate them, but she doesn't -- she thought they were cool

Here's a link for more info and specs: https://www.skydex.com/news/military...-camp-workouts

I have no affiliation with the company whatsoever. And if anyone else has shoe recommendations I'm all feet - error, ears.
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Old 03-28-2014   #2
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Red wing beckman boots. Takes a month or two to wear in, but once worn are incredible.
Danner mountain light also.
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Old 03-28-2014   #3
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Lucchese "cowboy" boots. All day long.
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I have a pair of Ecco shoes (of course, I forget the model; sorry). Extremely comfortable for extended walking, like around a city. I know Mephistos are supposed to be "all that" but I tried several pair on once and they just weren't right -- especially at the price they want for them. My wife swears by Merrell slip-ons.
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Hearing about your 'boring' sneakers & boots

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Of my favorite hi heeled Swedish clogs 'hasbeens'
Love them so much , I got them in 2 'styles'
Tres Comfortable ...

I think i've got one on ALL you gents... wink, wink
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clarks 'wave' slip on walking shoe…very comfortable and easy on my old bones!

and helen…you have it over most of us in most things…!!
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I'm dreading the day my $30 discount pair of Lafuma boots wear out to the point of no return. A good hiking book keeps the ankle well supported, and vibram soles have a good reputation.
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I prefer running sneakers the most... but often end up wearing vans or converse... which are the worst for 5-10 mile walks.
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Red wing 8138s are great, a bit sketchy in the snow however. The tread in the crepe sole seems to fill up with snow and make traction an issue.
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I also have a pair of Eccos that I use for lots of walking. Took them all over Ireland, Italy and Holland. My Nike's were not as comfortable.
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Red wing 8138s are great, a bit sketchy in the snow however. The tread in the crepe sole seems to fill up with snow and make traction an issue.
Seconded

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Chucks with Superfeet inserts, or Vans. I'm a fan of very plain sneakers.
Actually, the most comfortable shoes I've worn have been New Balance minimus running shoes (for you non-runners, think of the Fivefingers foot-glove concept, but meant to look like an actual shoe)--no padding, completely flat), and my Allen Edmonds dress shoes. But the former are neon yellow and drenched with sweat and mud, and the latter I'd rather not get scuffed if I have to rum from an angry subject.
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In the seventies Fry boots were popular because they also served as weapons if you needed them. Not really made for running, but they were good for fighting.

Similarly I don't mind wearing heavy construction boots today for some of the same reasons I wore Fry boots in the seventies. If I need a weapon, I'm wearing them, and they are in plain sight.

I don't mind the extra weight because I go shooting for the exercise and to stay young. The boots I wear are kinda heavy duty and are designed for hard use. I'm currently wearing Wolverine's 1000 mile boots, but the price is not cheap, about $360.00.

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I have a pair of Ecco shoes (of course, I forget the model; sorry). Extremely comfortable for extended walking, like around a city. I know Mephistos are supposed to be "all that" but I tried several pair on once and they just weren't right -- especially at the price they want for them. My wife swears by Merrell slip-ons.
I'm wearing Ecco too. Bought them as a rainy-day shoe but now they're on my feet just about all of the time, wonderfully comfortable. Extremely durable very high quality leather and soles, they must have used a 'deep' dye, polishing is maybe a once/year exercise. On my 6th year and they still look virtually unworn.

They'll be on my feet when I wander around Prague with my camera in July.
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I'm also mindful of wearing shoes that don't scream "tourist" -- as a pair of running shoes would (or one of those Tilley wide-brim hats).
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Lucchese "cowboy" boots. All day long.
Yes, this! I love mine. But even I have to admit that they may not be the best for a long day of shooting.
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Doc Martens. They've got the most comfortable soles I've ever worn.
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I guess we can easily deduce that we like our shoes like we like our cameras
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My Blundstones are now five years old:


I completed my MA research in them and walked about a dozen islands on two continents in them. They are in poor shape now with a hole on top from an ice shard on Fogo Island, but they are probably the favourite pair of shoes I own.
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I have a pair of Ecco shoes (of course, I forget the model; sorry). Extremely comfortable for extended walking, like around a city. I know Mephistos are supposed to be "all that" but I tried several pair on once and they just weren't right -- especially at the price they want for them. My wife swears by Merrell slip-ons.
I like the Ecco brand as well.. I have owned the Mephisto and they can be very comfortable, but for me it takes a bit for them to break in (sole to conform to your feet) but the Ecco tends to be comfortable day one.

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Take your wife to DSW when you get to NYC where they blow out overstock on shoes. I usually get some great deals there. I'm not a woman, but I got lots of shoes because of the great deals.

My gal is a bit of a fashionista and she goes nuts over the vintage stores and gets into those crazy luxury brands. Check out these stores called "Ina."

Also check out this new store called "Dover Street Market" that opened a few months ago. Your wife will love you more. If you play things right you can kinda get a get out of jail card that never expires if you spoil your wife on the upcoming trip.

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Red Wings here.

Thinking of grabbing a pair of Irish Setters this spring.
My Tuff-Toe RW's are getting a bit flat after 5 years.

In the summer you might catch me in a pair of Sperry Topsiders.
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Rockport World Tour Classic are so comfortable and light. I've bought these again and again the last ten years or so. I got a pair of Ecco's as well recently and they're comfortable from day one, I can attest to that as well.
For rough terrain, rainy and/or freezing wetter I have a pair of Meindl boots - I don't use them alot (they're close to 1 kilo the pair) but I have them since 2005, and they're invaluable as far as I'm concerned.
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Birkenstock Arizona sandals for excellent cork-bed support and comfort. You'll note the location, of course...
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Eccos are good, but I am very happy with Keen footwear, both boots and active shoes.

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Dan,
I am sorry, but these shoes really look like crap.
I tend to buy new Balance 574, throw away the rubber insert, and replace it with a leather and cork insole. For cold weather I keep a pair of Mephistos
http://www.henrybrummel.com/products...ark-Brown.html
and for the summer the best are Birkenstock Milano
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Dan,
I am sorry, but these shoes really look like crap.
LOL -- they're not civilian pretty. But I find them comfortable and I think they'll make those 5 plus hour walks less painful during and later. There certainly are some great shoe choices on this thread. I have a feeling I'll be buying at least on of these. And Cal, love his posts -- first I learn his cameras are weapons (especially Punky), now I learn his shoes are too -- he's the McGiver of defensive/offensive photography. I had a pair of Fryes in the late 70's -- man those things were heavy and hurt.
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On my last trip east, the soles separated from my hiking boots, so as a stopgap, I bought a pair of those $9 knockoff Keds from Urban Outfitters. Despite the snow subsiding in Philadelphia, they only lasted about 4 days before they fell apart while I was still wearing them. Conveniently, I was in front of the UO at Faneuil Hall in Boston, and snapped up a a pair of cheap knockoff Clarks there. I changed them out in front of the statue of Red Auerbach while some foreign tourists were snapping photos. So now somewhere in the world there's a photo of me, barefoot and confused in the snow, in someone's photo album.
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My Doc Hollywoods are just perfect. They not super-comfortable, but they have steel toes to kick the paparazzi, and Vibram soles for walking on slippery Walk-of-Fame.
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Put on your high heeled sneakers?
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doc marten boots for more aggressive stuff --- yeah, i got a shaved head and that can go over questionably sometimes
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I'm just thinking here ... first camera bags and now shoes. I think my wife will start liking my photography hobby more and more!

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Dan,
I am sorry, but these shoes really look like crap.
I tend to buy new Balance 574, throw away the rubber insert, and replace it with a leather and cork insole. For cold weather I keep a pair of Mephistos
http://www.henrybrummel.com/products...ark-Brown.html
and for the summer the best are Birkenstock Milano
https://www.google.com/search?q=birk...w=1237&bih=559
You're right. Besides Arizonas, I wear Milanos for more formal occasions.

I don't know anything about cold weather.
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