Firecracker--I too love Born and now Naot. I considered ordering the Louise et Cie oxfords during NAS but ended up not buying anything. I would love for them to go on sale again.That was probably the one purchase I should have made.
dakotacheryl--I have never tried EF shoes. I like the thought of a lower heel. So glad you survived your accident! Hope you let them know at ES. Maybe they can do something to modify the design. I had a similar accident with a brand new pair of Keen sandals--the footbed was so slick that when I tripped slightly on a sidewalk I landed flat on my face. It was really a shock!
cindysmith--Will take a look at Naya. I'd forgotten about Ariat although I did have a pair of sandals from them that were very comfortable. The Vic Matie moccasins are gorgeous.
Gryffin--I could be very happy with nothing but black footwear although I'm starting to throw in some pewter. You have a gorgeous collection of boots. I would be happy to wear any of them.
Greyscale--If you have time and have a Nordstrom Rack near you, check there for Paul Green. I will take a look at Atelje71.
Karen13--It took me a minute to get my mind around the Keen Uneek. I looked at them in other colors and now I think I understand them better. An acquired taste, maybe, but already I'm starting to like the look.
Bijou-- Love your patent leather boots!

Dunno if the brand is available overseas, but I've been a fan of minimalist Vagabond shoes for 10+ years, these sandals (Minho) in particular. The leather is super soft, they never gave me any blisters, rubber sole is comfy and supportive, and I find the T-strap quite slimming. The ankle strap is positioned quite low so it cuts my leg at the slimmest point. I've worn Minho with everything, and in my eyes they elevate even the simplest of outfits. Plus they're super durable and this model has been around for years, so I didn't have a problem when I needed to replace a pair.

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I think these might be fashionable. They're certainly comfortable.

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I'm looking for brown booties or shoes to replace the ones I just laid to rest. I want some that have a really retro/vintage vibe, like newsies would have worn in the 30s (rounded toe, 0.5" to 1" heel). Some of the shoes Firecracker and Unfrumped posted are kind of in that direction, but not as far as I want to go. I don't know search terms for that, so I mostly browse shoes and booties on sales sites, looking for the right ones. Oxfords might work, but so might others

Fashiontern -- Have you looked at the Born website?

Jill58, that looks like one I should keep my eye on. Thanks!

1. Ballet pumps.
2. Equestrian boots.
3. Moccasins/loafers.

Late and not sure these are stylish, but they are nearly perfect for travel.

These Born flats are very light weight to pack in your bag. The soles are grippy for uneven terrain, They have some padding for all day wear. For me the straps help keep them on and stable and is adjustable with Velcro. The rounded toe is just rounded enough to keep toes happy but not so much as to date. The color is a greyish navy (called "blue") which seems to blend with everything. I got them at the Rack in my normal size.

Hi jill58! I hear you on wanting shoes that combine comfort and style. Things have improved with the designers that offer options but I will confess that I am still quite envious of women I see out and about who don't need to contend with foot issues or at least orthotics.

A few things to note: I have extremely high arches, narrow heels, narrow width feet, and a Morton's Neuroma on the left foot and a MN that was surgically removed from the right about 6 months ago. I also wear rigid full-length orthotics in my shoes with metatarsal pads. My shoe shopping needs to consist of brands that meet my fussy feet needs and also have a removable footbed. My needs are quite different from yours and others, but in the interest of helping others and also trying to preserve sanity, here are a list of brands I found that accommodate my orthotics but also offer comfort and style for shoes. Some brands are better in the style department than others. I also try to avoid shoes that flex or fold in half as these will never offer sufficient support and also allow too much flexing of the forefoot.

Aetrex - Ara - Aravon - Arcopedico - Bearpaw - Bellini - Bostonian - Boxer Dogs Shoes - CAT Footwear - Clarks - Cobb Hill - Crocs - Dansko - Dr. Comfort - Dromedaris - Dr. Weil Footwear - Drew - Dunham Shoes - Earth Footwear - Earthies - ECCO - Hush Puppies - Klogs - Mephisto - Merrell - Munro - Naot - Oh! - Olukai - Oofos - OTZ Shoes - P.W. Minor Shoes - Rieker - Ros Hommerson - Sanita - Sanuk - Sofft - Softwalk - Sorel - Spira Spring Shoes - Springboost - Strive Footwear - Trotters - Vionic/Orthaheel - Wolky - Ziera (formerly known as Kumpf)

My personal favorites thus far include Dromedaris, Naot, Clarks Unstructured line, Wolky, Sorel, and Dansko. I would also recommend the website "Barking Dog Shoes" as the site creator reviews thousands of pairs for feet of different needs. It's nice to look and see what new brands have arrived and also one can review the shoes reviewed by identifying your major need whether it's plantar fasciitis, Morton's Neuroma, wide with, bunions, hammertoes, etc.

Hope this helps!!!


Hands down, the Spring Step L'Artiste Dramatic Booties in Camel Multi are the most exquisite yet comfortable booties I've ever owned.

If you fab folk don't know about Spring Step yet-- I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone and everyone who, like me, requires a supportive and comfortable shoe yet refuses to walk out of her apartment looking anything less than fashionable and elegant.

These are the three that I have Finds for and seem to fit the bill. My style of course is totally casual, but the boots especially get compliments when I wear them and the Ecco sneaks get positive reinforcement too, though they aren't *as" comfortable as I'd like on the top of the foot.

I have the exact same Paul Green booties, they fit great, are comfortable, and are beautiful. Except every time I wear them they feel so heavy on my feet after about an hour or so... sigh.

Do you have that issue too?

Shiny, I was wearing mine today and I didn't notice that. They continue to be really comfortable for me. I'm used to wearing shoes and boots with more of a heel and I find the Paul Green booties to be a really nice change.