Burtons, 2 pairs for 50pound, normally do me each pair last around a year. do 25pound a year for shoes isnt bad
i only ever bought shoes from shoe zone once and would never do it again they were just nasty.
as for trainers i buy the Nike Dart IV which just last forever and are only about 15pound.
With size 15's I'm rather limited, and usually end up with something cheap that actually fits. Avoid any crap like "US Brass" like the plague.
I tend to go for black trainers now as Reebok do up to size 17 for LESS money than more fashionable smaller feet!
I wear Sanuks, they are like flipflops with uppers. I have some in pinstripe grey that look smart but have been refered to by some students as 'Slippers'. This being said they are the most comfortabel shoes I have worn. I'm looking forward to getting a pair of Vibram's when I have a little more expendable cash money as they are supposed to be the comfiest, even if a little wierd looking.
vibram five fingers are really comfy, but look very odd
I know that trainers were avoided by the OP but for those that can wear them I find trail running shoes to be really hardy. A bit pricey but they take a huge amount of punnishment and dry out overnight in the event it gets submerged in ice cold muddy water which is not as rare as I would like.
I wear pod from brantano only cos I can try them on without asking
I have a very nice pair of M&S Boots, was £35 in the sale last christmas and they are tough, they even did BETT in January, the full week I will add which was impressive and my feet were fine at the end of it
I'm not the sort of gal who has hundreds of pairs of shoes, but....
I have 13 pairs of boots ranging from short, flattish ones to short ones with high heels up to full length Clarks boots that are really comfy.
I tend to wear boots most of the time other than in the summer because they are more comfortable on the heels and I am almost always in trousers anyway (can't crawl under a desk in a skirt - well, you can, but it does tend to bring the class to a bit of a halt! )
My work shoes are a pair of M&S footglove flatties that are dead comfortable... when they wear out, I simply order another pair online. If the weather is hot, I do break out a pair of (closed toe - H&S rules at school) sandals and during the snow, it was Walking Boots inside and out at school!
Like witch, I find skirts are completely impractical for crawling under desks, so I wear trousers too.
I've had a couple of pairs of shoes from Terra Plana in Neal Street, Covent Garden, London:
Terra Plana | Ethical Shoes | Fashion Footwear
They make shoes out of recyled material and offcuts - you can get some very smart-looking leather outers but with trainer-like insides. The last pair I bought from there chafed rather so I don't tend to wear them, so make sure you try before buying. Terra Plana do have branches in places other than just London.
For boots, I have a pair of (at least) 20-year-old second-hand British army boots. The trick seems to be to buy a size too large for you and wear extra pairs of socks. I find I can actually run quite well in them, and their handy for when the weather's been wet/snowy (or, on one occasion, when a river got in the way) on the way to work.
I have a pair of shoes and a pair of ankle boots that have lasted four years in almost constant use through autumn/winter, from Padders. I also like M&S footglove range, as some come up wide and I have small (size 4) fat feet! I'm fortunate, in that the Padders factory shop isn't very far away in Northants, so the boots only cost £14! Leather uppers and that much wear has to be good value.
Padders shoes - the favourite choice for wide-fitting comfort footwear.
I do wear skirts, but long length, and it's fun getting tangled in the hem when I'm crawling around under desks.... HSE please don't read!
elsiegee40 (11th September 2011)
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