Posted By RichC on December 13, 2006
Maybe I’m showing my age in referencing “feet” with the slang term “dogs.” (The American HeritageÂ® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.) Where did that term come from anyway? Recently I’ve noticed that my favorite shoes (Rockports) are showing signs of wear. As I contemplate replacing them, I wanted to see what other options are available to fit that comfortable, casual, walking type shoe design. I’m tempted to just go out and buy another pair of Rockport shoes since I’ve has such good luck with them.
When I was younger, the old canvas Converse All-Stars were the shoe of choice and it wouldn’t matter the weather or occasion –
I just had to wear them. Then in college I became a boatshoe (see Sperry Topsider) ‘nut’ which lasted until the requirements of work dictated a more refined shoe, although still found myself slipping on the boat shoes even when I wasn’t on the boat. As you can see, I still wear a version of the this shoe with beefed up soles, but I’m finding that in a very short time that I’m not comfortable.
As for comfort, it is hard to beat some of the modern athletic shoes. I’m probably not alone in having tried several brands over the years. The Nike shoes are a little snug, but still comfortable, but have found that the New Balance are my favorites. They seem well made, are comfortable and hold up very well.
Both are amazingly comfortable although I have found that the sandals are better for ‘hot’ feet in the summer. Crocs for all their comfort, do tend to make bare feet sweat — but with a sock all is fine. Frankly its hard to find a better slipper.
Before I rush out and try to get a pair of Rockports after Christmas … let me know if there is another brand or shoe I should consider.