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    Shoes for Cafe Work

    Hello Everyone,

    I know this isn't quite a coffee business related topic, but in a way it can be considered one.

    I often work long hours in the cafe, and I'm on my feet all day. I've always worn either Rockport or New Balance shoes for cushioning and stability for work, but lately even the new pair of New Balance shoes isn't helping my yapping piggies feel any better. Can anyone offer a suggestion....maybe you've found shoes that work for you?

    I went to WalMart and tried the Dr. Scholls Foot Mapping machine, where it anyalyzes your feet and suggests an insert. I know several people who bought them and were happy with the result. I bought a pair for $49.99 and tried them in my shoes. Needless to say, that idea didn't help much. At least they have a guarantee, and after talking to the customer service person, I was able to send in my receipt to get my money back.

    Any suggestions?

    Rose

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    Re: Shoes for Cafe Work

    You should get cushion mats for behind the counter. It helps tremendously!!! I also swear by doc martin shoes...
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    Re: Shoes for Cafe Work

    Addidas Barricade II. I bought them for tennis, but found them to be very helpful standing all day.
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    Re: Shoes for Cafe Work

    I have bad feet as it is so I rely pretty heavily on Dr. Sholls. But my doctor in the past has told me several times I need to visit the Orthotic Specialist for a checkup and possibly custom inserts.

    I had them as a kid growing up and I can say I really have never felt better in my life then when I had them. I'm just to cheap to go have a pair made up and somewhat happy to rough it with a little help from the good Dr. Sholls!
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    Re: Shoes for Cafe Work

    Crocs (real ones)
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    Re: Shoes for Cafe Work

    sore feet here too. nothing helps, really, when you are on them all day. But a month ago I bought some "real" earth shoes. a kind of tiva like sandal. slightly lower heel, very very supportive and cushy. I'd avoided the brand, as some lower heels aggravate plantar factitious. so far they are incredible. wonderful, comfortable. feet, back, hips, knees. all feel better. I feel like throwing out every shoe in my closet and just wearing these.

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    Re: Shoes for Cafe Work

    Hi Debbie

    Wow! That's quite an endorsement!

    When you say you're tempted to throw out all the shoes in your closet, I tend to believe that you've found the perfect shoe for you!

    One of my birthday gifts this year was a pair of black Sketchers Shape Up shoes for work (the work ones have the slip resistant bottoms) I just started wearing them a few hours a day at home, and I'm still adjusting to them. They're supposed to simulate the exercise benefits of walking on sand, and they're supposed to be comfortable for standing and walking for long hours at a time. I have my doubts about them working out for my 9 1/2 hours days on my feet. I plan to give them a test run when I go back to work on Sunday.

    Rose

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    Re: Shoes for Cafe Work

    I do really like them. But 9.5 hours? sit down for a while!!

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    Re: Shoes for Cafe Work

    Debbie,

    Cute! Especially coming for someone who hides the bar stool in the shed!

    The problem with sitting (even for a few minutes) is that it's sooo difficult to get up and get going again.

    We have a bar stool, too. It's made of wood, and it's hard, and high, and it hurts my back to sit on it. It's a very good deterrent from wanting to rest my bones for a while!

    Besides that...I'm a firm believer in "if you're leaning, you should be cleaning." I wish everyone else felt the same way!

    I started to explore the Earth Shoes on-line. I see they make all sorts of styles.

    Rose

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    Re: Shoes for Cafe Work

    I wear Crocs when I am in the kitchen or office. I have noticed after the last few days of working in the coffee shop on a terrazzo floor that my legs are more fatigued and my feet hurt like crazy!~ Back to the custom orthotics and running shoes for me.

 

 
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