Back around Thanksgiving, I asked for my readers' suggestions for a comfortable shoe. The New Balance athletic shoes I have now are so uncomfortable, I can feel every inside seam where they were sewn together. So, although someone suggested New Balance, I won't be getting any more of those.
I may as well go ahead and tell you that I wear size 11 wide. Try finding that size shoe in the women's section of the shoe department: It isn't easy. The obvious solution would be to buy a man's shoe, size 8 or 9. But when I can get my size in a women's shoe, they just fit better and feel better than a man's shoe. I have no idea why.
"Anonymous Lurker" suggested I go to Nike's online store, where they still have a model by the name of our old favorites, Oceana. Unfortunately, because of my shoe size, they don't have much of anything that would fit me. Even if they had my size I'd be afraid to order something I haven't tried on, because Nikes tend to run a little smaller than other brands.
Paula suggested Earth shoes. Karen likes Aravon, but we'd have to travel quite a distance, into the heart of Kansas City, to find those. Margaret recommends her Brooks Ghost running shoes.
One of my most faithful commenters, Taryterre, suggests Danskin shoes. Small Farm Girl says Asics are the only shoes that don't hurt her feet, and Pat likes her Sketchers. Kathy suggests Rockport brand walking shoes.
I'm going to do some online research on all the brands you folks have recommended (except the New Balance), and Cliff may be taking me shoe-shopping today. I'll let you know how it works out. I see there are stores at Independence Center selling some of these shoe brands. Oh, and if anybody has a favorite brand that hasn't been suggested yet, feel free to leave a comment here.
Don't worry, if your brand doesn't work out for me, I won't hold it against you.