questionswhat brand of shoes do you gravitate toward when…

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I almost always wear Reef. They're slightly expensive, but it's better to spend for something that will last for years than spend a third of the price and have it fall apart in a few months.

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Clarks, usually from DSW as they have good prices. Sometimes from shoe stores in the UK when I'm there.

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Walk into the shoe store, ask for whatever they have in a size 14 (sometimes 15). They bring out 2 or 3 pairs and I pick one.

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Ecco anything they make is awesome!! Very comfy and they last forever! I just bought 2 more pairs today Check them out

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New Balance for work, Crocs and Sketchers for home. I spend the majority of the day on my feet, so I don't care how ugly they are, as long as they feel good. I used to wear Sketchers almost exclusively, but like others have said, the quality has become poor. The pull on fashion styles are okay, but the sneakers and boots--awful.

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I live in my Asics. They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn.

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I'm a sucker for Cons, they're cheap, I know my fit, and I can usually get an amazing bright color. They've been terrible to actually walk in, so "sucker" is absolutely the right term there.

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For work/casual, it was Sketchers, but quality has been going downhill. What was nice was that I new how my size fit, and I could feel pretty confident buying them online. Now, I need to go to the store, see what they have, try to guess at quality, etc. I just have a growing list of makers whose products I have been dissatisfied with (reminds me of the elections). In a crunch, would probably buy, just because I know how they will fit.

Sneakers - whatever brand name is on sale.

Running shoes - Asics GT-2170. Actually got fitted at a running store, and these are what the doctor ordered for my particular issues. So I stick with 'em, adding 10 per year (I think they were 2150's when I started).

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I guess it would depend on what I was using them for.

For athletics I prefer in this order then choose by price, comfort and looks

Asics
Nike
Reebok
I just bought a pair of Mizunos and I am pleasantly surprised

Casual/Dress shoes I look for style and price
No brand loyality

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Adidas or K-Swiss. I've had good luck with them, though my last pair of Adidas aren't as sturdy as the other ones I've bought in the past... so I'll be more picky in the future.

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Sperry's and Lacoste. But I am a bit of a fancy dandy.

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@minxa1: The Zanotti's are very swanky! :D (My swanky shoe would be a Fluevog, bought way below regular sticker price.)

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I've bought the same Nike trail running shoe from the Nordstrom Rack for the past 5+ years for my everyday shoes. They change colors every year, although buying from the Rack they are last years version, but they fit perfect every time, I don't bother looking at any other shoes. In fact it's been a couple of years and it's getting to be time to replace the current pair.

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For work I used to do Skechers and Reebok, but they don't hold up like they used to, so not it's whatever is on sale and loks cute.

If I have the money-Zanotti's Yuummmmmyyy!!

And if I'm in the mood. Docs. I love em. They hold up well and they're comfy. Great for hiking.

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@pyxientx: Yeah, they work really well on the hills around here. :)

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@inkycatz: Docs? I haven't worn 20 hole Docs since I was a teen with a neon orange 13 1/2" mohawk. Oh, the memories...

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BØrn, New Balance, Merrell, Nunn Bush, Crocs

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@pyxientx: I forgot my Keen hikers! Love those things.
Dr. Martens - also good for boots.

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I like Vans. My current pair has lasted me right around two years of basically daily use, and I'd say I still have a good couple of months in them.

I tend to be sort of picky with shoes though (I have very strange feet), so it ends up being a balance of price, brand, comfort, and style. Not going to pay too much for a pair of shoes, and certain brands I have to avoid because their cut just doesn't fit my feet. In my experience, stores like Payless overwhelmingly have shoes I wouldn't wear (not the biggest fan of ridiculously large neon sneakers).

I guess I can't really afford to let myself hit crunch time when it comes to shoes haha. But you gotta do what you gotta do.

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Bobos
Skippies
Buster Brown

Bobos
They make your feet feel fine
Bobos
They cost a dollar forty nine

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Costco Court Classics all the way! Best wearing and fitting pair of sneakers for double or three times the price (around $15).

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For walking shoes I like Asics gels. I get the boys' shoes because they are cheaper and wider than women's shoes. For work shoes for the winter I go to the Thanksgiving sale at KMart and buy leather Thom McCann heels and flats at half price every year. During the summer I buy sandals whenever and wherever I find ones I like at a good price.

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Vans. I've never had a pair of Vans last me less than two years.

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New Balance Trail Runners for every day tennies.
Keen for hikers and water shoes.
Keds or Propet mules for under-the-desk shoes (Ihate wearing shoes and frequently take them off at work).
Nike flip flops for truck and travel shoes.

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Sketchers used to be my go to, but the replacement pair I got was terrible. Now I'm just hanging on to my last very old pair of Sketchers hoping they don't fall apart.

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I'm totally with @baybei on Nike's Alvord trail shoes, they are my favorite tennis shoes ever. As for dress shoes for work, I usually buy Etienne Aigner, they are comfortable and last.

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My current pair are Montrail hiking boots, purchased on closeout online for about 50% off 2 years ago. I wear a 10.5 and they took about 2 months of casual wear to totally break them in, but WOW are they comfy now. No hammer toe coming downhill.
Other brands I like: Columbia, Merrell, Timberland, Keen (for various reasons)

BTW I live in the Northern Rockies (Glacier NP area), so hikers are the rule (or water shoes for kayaking & rafting). My dress shoes are only taken out for special events.

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Every Sketchers I've ever owned fell apart within 6 months or so. I've had very mixed experiences with Nike. I always go to New Balance and Reebok if I want a decent shoe. Adidas has been pretty good to me too.

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Ever since they discontinued FILA Italia, I've been looking for another brand of shoes.

I haven't had much luck..

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Whatever is on sale and feels comfortable, and looks best.

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New Balance from Famous Footwear. Decent enough shoes (I only do light walking and a little running). Great prices, great return policies.

I never need a pair, so to speak. I have only 2 or 3 shoe "models" that I purchase and I wait for them to go on sale and stock up. I bought 5 pairs of one shoe at one time and just kept the spares in the closet until my original pair wore/broke down.

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Skechers D'Lites are my favorite. They are light and comfy.

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Top 3:

Simple (no longer made)
Vans
Adidas

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I like New Balance. They're good for being on your feet all day and they don't break the bank.

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My VANS sneakers have served me well and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I grab a few pairs at the outlet every time I visit my Mom.

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Timberland. Great on pavement, great on a mountain, and built to last. I buy about one pair a decade. If I needed a pair of shoes "right now", that'd be my first thought.

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I have an 11 1/2 EEE shoe size and I wear dress shoes to work everyday. I wear Johnston and Murphy. Expensive, but worth every penny.

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I've fallen in love with Nike Alvord 9 trail running shoes, but it's harder to find them now. I did however buy the Alvord 10 recently, and they are just as comfy. Mind you, I don't run, but they have good traction, so I love them for that!

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BØrn. They are comfortable and last a long time!