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Any recommendations for comfortable shoes that are nice enough to wear with khakis and a button-up? I have big, flat feet.

I was looking at these

http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/M-F-F/20448M/0/Men/Footwear/Filters/Mens/Path

Expensive, but I'll finally have a job!

...and no Danskos
Thanks for asking this question. Its been on my mind for sometime.

Regarding your link, I would think possibly on the wards, you may want the shoes to look a bit more professional, but its your call.
 

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Any recommendations for comfortable shoes that are nice enough to wear with khakis and a button-up? I have big, flat feet.

I was looking at these

http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/M-F-F/20448M/0/Men/Footwear/Filters/Mens/Path

Expensive, but I'll finally have a job!

...and no Danskos
I have some super comfortable Ecco and Born (that o has a / through it but I can't be bothered to figure out how to type it) shoes that cost ~$100 on sale. Also, Dansko does make some shoes similar to the one you posted but more comfortable and about the same price.

Also, if you really want to drop some coin, Mephisto shoes are wicked comfortable...at the rate of $300-500 a pair.
 

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Not an internist, but spend significant time standing esp. in the peds cath lab. My advise: Do not buy Danskos if you have wide feet (and get measured). Depite whatever lie the shoe store guy spews, they don't "run wide". They will be torture. Eccos do actually run a little wide, but I've been happy enough upsizing (something I've inadvertantly done most of my life until I learned that I was a 3-4E width) and the high quality leather molds nicely. I like the slip-ons as they seem to run a little wider than the lace-ups. Eccos combined with Sof Sole Stability inserts (http://www.sofsole.com/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=1&g=m&n=1&DetailID=6) is the best thing for my tired dogs that I've come across. And before you dismiss paying $30 for the inserts: they have a 1yr warranty. I trade mine in ~every six months so they more than pay for themselves.
 

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This is the pair that got me through my MSIII and IV years and the pair I plan to buy again when my current ones die out. They come in black and brown, do not draw attention to themselves and are essentially sneakers masquerading as dress shoes.
 

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This is the pair that got me through my MSIII and IV years and the pair I plan to buy again when my current ones die out. They come in black and brown, do not draw attention to themselves and are essentially sneakers masquerading as dress shoes.
Wow! Those are hella ugly. I mean, brutally so.
 

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Wow! Those are hella ugly. I mean, brutally so.
Agreed. I don't understand why (male) medical students have little to no basic fashion sense. Get a nice pair of dress shoes that are comfortable and if you want extra comfort get some inserts. None of these junky shoes look professional in my opinion.
 

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Cole Haan dress shoes. Incredibly comfortable (Cole Haan is owned by Nike and implements "Nike air" technology) and amazingly stylish. Thumbs up :thumbup:

My current pair: http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/catalog/product.jsp?catId=100&productId=309564&productGroup=319946
I too have some non-ugly Rockports (slip-ons in my case, not oxfords) and some Cole Haans. Neither are as comfy as the Ecco's but both are more than tolerable for a 12+ hour day. Plus you can wear them out of the hospital and not look like a total douche.

I save my Dansko's for night shifts/call when I'll be working for 14-24 hours and the ability to jump in and out of my shoes (like in and out of the call-room bed) is highly prized.
 

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:laugh::laugh::laugh: :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

LOL, my thoughts exactly! If this individual was a friend of mine, I would have to examine his entire wardrobe and help him out!
I don't think they're *that* bad. It's not like they have velcro straps or something. And even if they did, if they were the most comfortable shoes available I'd probably still wear them. Rounds are killer when you don't have good arch support. Plus, it's not like most doctors are exactly setting fashion trends anyway with white coats and scrubs.

I'll save my nice looking shoes for when I go out. That way you don't have to worry about them getting ruined with blood, vomit, urine, etc. Well, less of a chance anyway, I suppose. :laugh:
 

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Didnt realize the fashon police were alive and well on these boards, so Im just going to share my thoughts and be done with it:

1. These are work shoes, the first priority for me in finding work shoes are comfort. Really thats the only thing that matters to me.

2. I have a huge foot, in both length and width try finding shoes that are comfortable in a 14 2E.

3. No attending, resident or student outside of this board have said anything about them. Some have infact asked where I got them because they want a pair.

4. Work shoes are not dress shoes, I dont wear those things to formal occasions.

5. You complain about my shoes but say nothing about ones that are slip ons? Really? Just my opinion but outside of a loafer slip ons should be limited to boots, flip flops and slippers.

6. No one cares about the shoes you wear, doubtful your patients even look at them. You need to look presentable, thats it. They do this end of story.
 

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SDN has made me do the worst things. After the above poster's rant, I went and checked out those shoes on the website. They really dont look THAT bad...and if it were an issue of being comfortable for > 24 hours, I would consider wearing those.

Having said that, hasnt anyone bought a pair of comfortable professional shoes for less than $50? All these shoes are really expensive!
 

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Yes, those shoes are pretty ugly, but I'm sure they're comfortable, and I think they're professional enough to work on the floors. Too ugly for me, but I empathize with your big foot issues.
I've spent the past few days looking at the shoes the attendings wear. All the critical care people (who round all day) wear nice slip-ons like the ones posted above. They look plenty professional, and I'm sure they're nice and comfy. I even think the first shoes I posted are nice enough (borderline). I have some good ideas now...
 

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Danskos!

I know you don't like them... other things to consider are:

1. Cole Haan with Nike Air --- the most comfortable dress shoes I own, the construction is sturdy and they last a long time

2. Allen Edmonds --- More dressy, nicer than Cole Haan, not as comfortable but will last you forever
 

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I am not a dude but I would recommend wearing cheap shoes the first few days and see how other residents dress. At my program guys can be dressy or wear scrubs with sneakers. Find out what the seniors are wearing and then go buy your shoes. I would hate for you to buy hella expensive shoes and then find out you could have got away with some nice 50$ sneakers.

Just my 2 cents.

I wear danskos 24/7 and I swear by them.
 

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Some of the above posts have shown me some of the F***in ugliest shoes ever. Unless you have spinal stenosis or other Dx just by dress shoes. Cole haan, Keneth Cole, whatever. Is it just me or did I get to sit allot during medicine.
 
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All of these shoe links are disgusting! Find something stylish yet comfortable. NO WHITE/SPORTS SOCKS WITH DRESS SHOES. And please try to purchase a new wardrobe before you start. Brooks Brothers would be a good place to start for clothes, and many of my guy and girl friends have had great success with Cole Haan / Nike Air and Mephisto.

Don't wear shoes with a red stripe on the bottom though... I got called out by an attending for having blood on my shoes for wearing a pair of Louboutin flats... I don't think that will apply to the people on this thread however.
 

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All of these shoe links are disgusting! Find something stylish yet comfortable. NO WHITE/SPORTS SOCKS WITH DRESS SHOES. And please try to purchase a new wardrobe before you start. Brooks Brothers would be a good place to start for clothes, and many of my guy and girl friends have had great success with Cole Haan / Nike Air and Mephisto.

Don't wear shoes with a red stripe on the bottom though... I got called out by an attending for having blood on my shoes for wearing a pair of Louboutin flats... I don't think that will apply to the people on this thread however.
I was shell-shocked to see such people on my interview days, till I realized its more common than I thought it would be (wearing white socks on black dress shoes, and with a black/grey/blue suit). Apparently, many people find nothing wrong with it.
 

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Don't wear shoes with a red stripe on the bottom though... I got called out by an attending for having blood on my shoes for wearing a pair of Louboutin flats... I don't think that will apply to the people on this thread however.
Do you routinely wear $600 shoes in settings where they may get blood on them? :confused:
 

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All of these shoe links are disgusting! Find something stylish yet comfortable. NO WHITE/SPORTS SOCKS WITH DRESS SHOES. And please try to purchase a new wardrobe before you start. Brooks Brothers would be a good place to start for clothes, and many of my guy and girl friends have had great success with Cole Haan / Nike Air and Mephisto.

Don't wear shoes with a red stripe on the bottom though... I got called out by an attending for having blood on my shoes for wearing a pair of Louboutin flats... I don't think that will apply to the people on this thread however.
Are you kidding? How many students/residents are dropping $60+ for a dress shirt?
 

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Hmm... what residencies are known for being stylish, and which for being the white sock black shoe type... Just another thing to add to the list.
 
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Hmm... what residencies are known for being stylish, and which for being the white sock black shoe type... Just another thing to add to the list.
Yes, one should defilnitely consider that before choosing a specialty, not a major factor but still something to consider.. Before seeing this posts, I wasn't even aware that such ugly shoes are on the market. So ugly that if you were to look at them for too long they might cause you a conjunctivitis. :eek:
 
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Do you routinely wear $600 shoes in settings where they may get blood on them? :confused:
Haha, they're so comfy and great for the ICU! But I'm wearing foot covers in that situation on top of them anyway. I think I've managed to avoid anywhere with blood on the floor... I mean, ER->Trauma->Shoe Covers, but wards are totally fine, except for the occasional unmopped and unwaxed floor.
 
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Hmm... what residencies are known for being stylish, and which for being the white sock black shoe type... Just another thing to add to the list.
Based on my observations during the interview days:

Most stylish > white sock black shoe.
BWH > UCSF > BIDMC > JHH > Penn >> MGH
 

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Haha, they're so comfy and great for the ICU! But I'm wearing foot covers in that situation on top of them anyway. I think I've managed to avoid anywhere with blood on the floor... I mean, ER->Trauma->Shoe Covers, but wards are totally fine, except for the occasional unmopped and unwaxed floor.
Careful with foot covers. My $300 Finns seemed to get extra wear on the toes while i was on obgyn. If you want some comfortable shoes check out Finn comfort. They cured my plantar fasciitis.