Good Shoes For Flat Arches

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    Jun 06, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    I suffer from relatively flat arches. Though I have several pairs of shoes that I find comfortable, I don't have many pairs that help me stay on my feet all day. Usually after about 4 hours or so, my feet and legs become sore all the way to my hips, and I suspect that my shoes are not properly supporting my arches.

    Any suggestions on shoes to get? I'm not just interested in athletic shoes; suggestions for dress shoes would be great, too. I'd like to avoid getting orthopedic insoles if possible, but if that's really the only solution, then so be it.
  • BCSwimmer

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    Jun 06, 2011 7:59 AM GMT
    New Balance, which is of course mostly known for athletic wear, does offer some dress shoe options and their arch support is well known. For example see this page: http://www.shopnewbalance.com/category.asp?type=MNFTCA

    Birkenstock also makes somes dress shoes and they too are well known for their arch support. See here: http://www.birkenstockexpress.com/Products/dressshoes.cfm/wmk.mens/id.060620110045-789435

    Another option to check is Ecco although I understand not all of their shoes are known for arch support so you really have to check the write-up for each one to determine whether it is optimal or not (for example here is information about their different foot bed options:http://www.eccousa.com/about-ecco/technology/footbed.aspx. You'll see the cork/PolyUrethane combination and the solely PolyUrethane foot beds offer better suport than say the fibre or latex options). Here is a website for their dress shoes: http://www.eccousa.com/shoes/mens/dress/62/product-list.aspx

    Good luck to you.
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    Jun 06, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
    The best place to find good shoes for any foot shap is the shoe guide section on Runners World Magazine's Website. Awsome, easy, with tones of information on how each shoe is made and why it would be good for you.
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    Jun 06, 2011 8:23 PM GMT
    Newbalance is the only shoes I can wear (No arches and wide feet), but I'd also say try the vibram shoes. Not really for everyday but the fact that they're so minimal and don't have the damn arch support make them unbelievably comfortable for a good while.
  • cageym

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    Jun 06, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    By all means consider orthotics. Birkenstock makes some that I've used for a long time (I have about 4 sets of them so I don't have to switch them around all the time) and they are great. I've purchased them online.
  • maxxxd

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    Jun 06, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    Check the Walking Company.com...ABEO sandals have built in orthotics...also purchased orthotics there too that are based on your particular foot pattern too...I am extremely happy with them...I was working retail at the time..these helped me to walk all day...even in dress shoes...icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 06, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    All good advise already also consider Moskito shoes and sandals and also Ecco shoes (they can support orthotics)..they tend to be a bit expensive but they are worth it on the long run for your feet.

    http://www.eccousa.com/shoes/mens/

    http://www.moszkito.com/
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    Jun 06, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    I have flat feet too. Custom orthotics is the solution for me. But I also recommend New Balance cause they are comfortable and often have removable soles to accommodate custom orthotics.
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    Jun 06, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
    Thanks, guys, for the awesome replies. I manage an entertainment venue for a living that requires me to wear both business formal and work scrubs, sometimes during the same day. On days when I'm not sitting in my office advancing an event, I'm out managing crowds or working backstage, and can be on my feet 10-12 hours at a time. Having flat arches makes that excruciating.

    I would suspect that having several sets of orthotics is going to be my most viable solution. I was also looking into the black New Balance postal service shoes for days when I need more formal than sneakers, but don't need to be in a shirt and tie. I'll check out these websites you suggested, too.

    Thanks again, guys!
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    Jun 07, 2011 8:16 PM GMT
    Orthodics. The name of the store in my town is called Ideal Feet but is called Good Feet in other places. Not cheap but well worth it. They last a lifetime.
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    Jun 07, 2011 8:19 PM GMT
    Orthodics help...and the shape-ups from Sketcher's are really amazing in my opinion (I have no arches in my feet) and I can go hours and hours and hours...but as soon as I wear flat shoes (without any type of heel or elevation), I get a foot ache.

    I always look for the shape-ups that don't really show they're shape-ups...I got a pair that u wouldn't tell they are shape-ups unless u really look!
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    Mar 04, 2015 4:32 AM GMT
    Interesting.