How much pain will you live with for a dress shoe?

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Deck yourself out for your next cruise! What clothes should you bring, and what should stay at home. Offer up packing tips, and savvy shopping info, too
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#21
Canada
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Originally posted by Langley Cruisers
Hi Laura, back again to ask if you would consider a wedge sandal or another kind of sandal with a thicker heel? I see you are in Canada as am I; here are a few to just start thinking about
Those are cute, thanks for putting in the link. I think I'd be in the same boat as the slingbacks though :-( My best bet is a loafer that comes up high on my foot, but would't that look sweet with a LBD

Maybe I need to stick with pants where you can't see my foot.
#22
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I wear uncomfortable shoes when I know I'm going to be sitting. Usually church or restaurant. I'm 62 and I will put up with a lot to look nice
#23
New Mexico
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Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by lasparrot
Yes! We have been booked for several months. It started off just us, then another couple decided to join us, then the friends we've cruised with before, then her cousin, and now her cousin's friend, so it should be fun!

Thanks for the shoe suggestions. I have such a time with finding shoes that I only order online when it is possible to do a store return. Someday I might get adventurous and risk Amazon.
Panama will be very casual for me so no shoe issues on that one.
If you have Amazon prime it's easy to do returns. We have really limited shoe stores here so Amazon is my go to place. I tend to wear Tevas or go barefooted in the house.
#24
New Mexico
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Originally posted by lasparrot
Those are cute, thanks for putting in the link. I think I'd be in the same boat as the slingbacks though :-( My best bet is a loafer that comes up high on my foot, but would't that look sweet with a LBD

Maybe I need to stick with pants where you can't see my foot.
I often wear a long black dress from Chicos Travellers line with black flat sandals.
#25
Houston,TX
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I might wear them long enough for the pictures, but thats it.
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#26
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I have a very wide foot and have trouble buying any shoes that fit well. I do have 2 pairs of black, strappy sandals that are perfect for formal nights. They are too thin on the sole and the balls of my feet hurt and usually my pinky toe. So not wearing either pair anymore. If my shoes hurt I will wear for pics and through dinner then back to the cabin to change shoes and or complete outfit.
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#27
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Originally posted by LH25
None, zippo, nada.

Granted I'm in my 50's now. In my 20s, I would have put up with the discomfort to look good.
I agree (altho I'm I'm my early 60's).....I wore uncomfortable shoes (altho they looked great!) up into my 40-50's.

Headed on a cruise in a week, ditched the most uncomfortable ones in favor of some older (but less uncomfortable) ones.
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#28
North Carolina
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I understand the dilemma. And wanting to look good, or cute, or whatever word you prefer, but I question how good anyone looks when their feet are uncomfortable. Our bodies respond to the pain and will compensate and do things without our knowledge to try to move or stand or do whatever it takes to lessen the pain...and in the end...when our bodies do that...or our faces have a slight pinch to them because of being uncomfortable, well...we don't really end up looking cute or good, or whatever positive word we want to use, at all.

I'm still in the dilemma a bit because I ruptured my ACL a few years ago now. With conservative treatment, I have had no surgery and live without an ACL, so footwear is something that I take very seriously. Especially on a cruise...which is full of shiny, easy to clean slippery surfaces...and stairs...and slick decks...and just lots of steps in general...all of which occur on a moving vehicle which can experience "turbulence" and so I opt for comfort and safety above all.

But I do strive to find style in the midst of that. Keep looking, I'd say. And get creative in your thinking. I found a pair of sleek bronze oxfords that I wore on formal nights...with dresses...and they were fabulous. I was so happy to have happy feet.
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#31
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My feet have never been happy in heels or any shoe that's uncomfortable. Luckily I'm tall, so I never really felt the need to "go high". As I've gotten older, I feel like I'm on a constant hunt for shoes that are comfortable, well-made, supportive, and also look good. It ain't easy...!
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#32
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There is a spray you can buy to stretch shoes but I think it only works for real leather that would have some stretch.
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#34
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I agree with the "if it uncomfortable I don't wear it" premise.....I can't see wearing shoes that are going to cause me pain.
#35
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If you have "problem" feet, you should not buy online...takes too much time to receive and return. Go to a shoe store and TRY SHOES ON! Wear them for a long time...walk around....fast and slow. Dance a bit! Do the things you'd likely do in them. If they don't feel good after 15 mins...they are not the right shoe for you. Shoes don't "become more "comfortable" if they don't start out comfortable!
#36
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I must be comfortable, but I also choose to wear heels all evening, every evening. The solution for me is to wear only heels with a strap (mary janes). Then they don't have to be overly snug, or stiff, to stay in place. No platform style, as they don't flex with my feet. Think ballroom dance shoes, but more attractive.
#37
Canada
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Joined Jan 2018
This is only the second time I've ordered online - I figured, what the heck, I'm not going to get to the shoe store before they arrive anyway. I do have problem feet and am learning what type of shoe works. Anything the an edge along the upper toe line is usually out: no ballet flats for me :-(

For some reason these are only moderately uncomfortable and not particularly painful. I've decided to keep them (and thanks for everyone's input!!!), even if only to wear on a date night at home. It is a rare LBD that looks great with flats! They were only $40 so not a big loss if I barely wear them. I MIGHT bring them on my next cruise for one of the formal nights, but I'll have flats as well. I am taking a suitcase as well as my carryon so I should have room/weight.

The rest of the time my shoes will be my ultra comfortable keen sandals, and I'll be thinking of you ladies when I slip them on ;-)
#38
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I have learned over the years not to wear anything even a little uncomfortable. By the end of the event or evening I am miserable just wanting it to be over with so I can get home and change.
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#39
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Originally posted by cb at sea
If you have "problem" feet, you should not buy online...takes too much time to receive and return.



Um, no.


I live 1-2 hours from good shoe stores. Some stores or brands I like aren't available in my state in a brick & mortar store at all. It is FAR easier for me to order a bunch (typically brands I know well, even if I'm trying on different styles that might not work as well for my feet) and try on at home than to drive hours around all over the place. You do you, but that is NOT the only way or the easiest or the best way to get shoes.


As for how much pain I will endure- none. If a shoe isn't comfortable, I keep looking.
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#40
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Originally posted by SheriAZ
I wear uncomfortable shoes when I know I'm going to be sitting. Usually church or restaurant. I'm 62 and I will put up with a lot to look nice

Same here! I have "dinner shoes"! Which means; from the car - to the restaurant - seat & eat - back to the car and home.
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