• Pharmacy Job Market Webinar

    Are you considering applying to pharmacy school but are concerned about job prospects when you graduate? Join us on Wednesday, July 28th at 8 PM Eastern to hear from three PharmDs about their experiences and options outside of retail pharmacy.

link2swim06

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Dec 14, 2007
3,266
804
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
I don't get to wear scrubs frequently, which means wearing terribly uncomfortable dress shoes for 12 hours a day.

Christmas is around the corner....anyone have recommendations for uber comfortable men's dress shoes under $75?
 

TRanger

Full Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
May 30, 2007
50
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
I'll be honest the best shoes for comfort I've found are a $25 pair from Wal Mart. STL Shoe and Boot Company - Cambridge Style. I admit they are ugly, but they are so comfortable to wear that it's worth it.
 
D

deleted245139

any shoes can be improved with Dr. Schols pads. They have been a life saver
 
About the Ads

Gfliptastic

Internist who started med school at 33
7+ Year Member
Jul 14, 2010
361
204
Boston-area
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
any shoes can be improved with Dr. Schols pads. They have been a life saver

Agreed. Mostly you get plantar-side soreness from rounds and constant walking.

However, if you are getting dorsal-side soreness, it is worth a try getting a softer leather, better fitting shoe...then toss in some great insoles.

Personally, I use custom-made Vans. $70. Black walls. My preceptor, attendings, and other docs comment on how they like my shoes.

W/ good insoles! :thumbup:

320353_10150286739023424_242313732_n.jpg
 
Last edited:

SLUser11

CRS
15+ Year Member
Feb 22, 2005
2,876
808
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
I don't get to wear scrubs frequently, which means wearing terribly uncomfortable dress shoes for 12 hours a day.

Christmas is around the corner....anyone have recommendations for uber comfortable men's dress shoes under $75?

Probably the best advice I can give on SDN is to invest in your feet. You will spend a lot of time running around during school, residency, etc, and you need to take care of your wheels....I suggest dropping some money and getting a solid pair of dress shoes. Once you've had some plantar fasciitis, you'll understand what I mean.

When I'm in scrubs, I wear Birki clogs. I used to wear Dansko clogs years ago, but they sucked to walk in (great to stand in). For dress shoes, I've always worn Merrell brand shoes and been happy. Those haven't been too expensive, but I'd be willing to spend more if needed.
 

metallica81788

Keeper of the Llamaworm
Moderator Emeritus
10+ Year Member
Jul 26, 2007
12,220
721
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Not a man, but Cole Haan makes shoes with a Nike Air in-sole and can be purchased at DSW for a reasonable price. I seriously wore 4 in boots all day today without a problem.

Otherwise, as SLUser notes, Merrels are nice (what I wear in the OR).

I second (or third) the Cole Haans with the Nike insoles. You need to invest in a nice pair if you're going to be wearing them a ton anyway. I got my pair at an outlet for $100 which is <50% of retail price and they're pretty awesome.
 

redsbear

Full Member
7+ Year Member
Oct 23, 2009
31
2
Status (Visible)
  1. Non-Student
I second the Dansko recommendation. They make them with a full heel now so they're dressier than clogs. Easy to clean, too. Keep them happy with a little mink oil from time to time and they'll last you well into your first residency paychecks.
 

DreamingTheLive

(something witty here)
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jul 9, 2008
617
49
Spottieottiedopaliscious. . .
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
Cole Haan is garbage. For your price range, I guess I'd go on Zappos.com. Probably get hundreds of hits. Cheap shoes, while generally less stylish and less sturdy, shouldn't be as painful as you describe. Are you sure you're wearing the correct size, etc.?
 

DreamingTheLive

(something witty here)
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jul 9, 2008
617
49
Spottieottiedopaliscious. . .
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
Care to share why you feel that way? I've always had good luck with them.

Sorry, perhaps garbage was a bit strong. Truthfully, Cole Haan makes just OK shoes, which in itself is perfectly fine. My issue with them would be that their construction and overall quality is rather poor for their price point. Personally, I'd rather spend a few extra bucks and get a nice pair of Crockett & Jones, Edward Green, J Lobbs, AEs, Borgioli, Vass, Alden, etc....That being said, if YOU are happy with Cole Haans, personally enjoy how they look and feel, then everything I said is irrelevant....in the end, its purely subjective.
 
About the Ads

arex83

Medicaid Mill Slave
Dec 15, 2012
6
0
New York, NY
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
I'm assuming by "dress shoes" you mean shoes that actually pair well with the business-casual "button-up shirt plus nice slacks" look.

I've heard people prattle on about how comfortable Dansko clogs are, but I've noticed those are typically worn with scrubs (and look ridiculous otherwise, in my opinion). I can't help you with the $75 budget but these shoes might be worth a try if you can't find anything else. A tad over a hundred bucks but they're classic, stylish and comfy with the sportier heel and cushy sole. Brand: Hushpuppies; style is "Brussels."

41FwToEG%2BjL._SX270_.jpg
 

Kaputt

I am having a good time!
7+ Year Member
Jun 7, 2011
926
868
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Rockports are awesome. I seriously went out and bought a couple extra pairs to have on hand.

Agreed. Rockports and Merrells are all I wear. Classy and very comfortable.
 

DreamingTheLive

(something witty here)
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jul 9, 2008
617
49
Spottieottiedopaliscious. . .
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
I see.

I dont have many of their shoes because I prefer high heels in the office and theirs tend to max out at around 3 inches, which doesn't do it for me. I do however own about 50 of their bags ( which is why I asked).

I can really only speak to their men's lines....actually, I wouldn't be shocked if their women's products were considered pretty high quality (vs. other similar women's brands). 50 bags, huh?...not too shabby.
 

Pezistential

Psych resident
10+ Year Member
Nov 30, 2008
45
14
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
Agreed. Rockports and Merrells are all I wear. Classy and very comfortable.

I've been incredibly happy with my Rockports, had 'em for 10+ years. Super comfortable and if you treat them right they last forever.
 

diagonal

Full Member
Removed
May 29, 2012
395
40
Texas
Status (Visible)
I'm assuming by "dress shoes" you mean shoes that actually pair well with the business-casual "button-up shirt plus nice slacks" look.

I've heard people prattle on about how comfortable Dansko clogs are, but I've noticed those are typically worn with scrubs (and look ridiculous otherwise, in my opinion). I can't help you with the $75 budget but these shoes might be worth a try if you can't find anything else. A tad over a hundred bucks but they're classic, stylish and comfy with the sportier heel and cushy sole. Brand: Hushpuppies; style is "Brussels."

41FwToEG%2BjL._SX270_.jpg

Did you just say classic and stylish? Dear God. Those are absolutely atrocious.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

Winged Scapula

Cougariffic!
Staff member
Volunteer Staff
Apr 9, 2000
39,956
18,682
forums.studentdoctor.net
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
I can really only speak to their men's lines....actually, I wouldn't be shocked if their women's products were considered pretty high quality (vs. other similar women's brands).

That's their reputation.

50 bags, huh?...not too shabby.

Well, I'm single with a high disposable income so what else to spend my $$ on except travel, food and bags? :laugh:

Did you just say classic and stylish? Dear God. Those are absolutely atrocious.

I was going to say the same thing. They look like something an old man would wear - slip on type of loafers. But to each his own... :shrug:
 

J-Rad

Full Member
Moderator Emeritus
15+ Year Member
Apr 12, 2003
3,333
21
With my Children Of The Corn
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
For regular shoe wearers: Ecco slip ons like the Helsinki (http://www.amazon.com/ECCO-50134-Mens-Helsinki-Slip-On/dp/B001OC5EN6) with SofSole inserts (though the ones that come in it may be very comfortable for the wearer from the get go). Look nice, comfortable, and easy to get on/off.

For the minimalist footwear wearers (which I became): Merrill all leather version of the Trail Glove (http://www.amazon.com/Merrell-Tough...55632812&sr=1-21&keywords=merrell+trail+glove) the only minimalist shoe that looks nice enough with hospital wear that isn't ridiculously overpriced.
 

arex83

Medicaid Mill Slave
Dec 15, 2012
6
0
New York, NY
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
They actually aren't that bad and certainly not "atrocious," seeing how often they get compliments when they're actually on. Maybe you just have to see them in person...but the last thing I would call them are "old man" shoes, especially in the context of Merrels and Danskos (I'm sorry, but no guy looks good in those clogs). I'm sensing that "diagonal" is simply too good, metrosexual or Persian to understand that comfortable shoes have their drawbacks.
 
About the Ads

MilkmanAl

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Mar 23, 2008
12,040
108
Kansas City, MO
www.facebook.com
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
I've heard good things about Eccos, but they really aren't very dressy. They're even struggling to be business casual. I've had great luck with Johnston and Murphy shoes. They look quite nice, and they're super comfortable if you get the right ones. They make some that are like typical guys' dress shoes with not much more than hard leather and some with airy sheepskin insoles and lining. Get the latter, and you'll be a happy camper.
 

blebb

Full Member
7+ Year Member
Apr 11, 2011
92
38
Status (Visible)
I've heard good things about Eccos, but they really aren't very dressy. They're even struggling to be business casual. I've had great luck with Johnston and Murphy shoes. They look quite nice, and they're super comfortable if you get the right ones. They make some that are like typical guys' dress shoes with not much more than hard leather and some with airy sheepskin insoles and lining. Get the latter, and you'll be a happy camper.

Second this. They're a bit pricey but worth the investment.
 

diagonal

Full Member
Removed
May 29, 2012
395
40
Texas
Status (Visible)
They actually aren't that bad and certainly not "atrocious," seeing how often they get compliments when they're actually on. Maybe you just have to see them in person...but the last thing I would call them are "old man" shoes, especially in the context of Merrels and Danskos (I'm sorry, but no guy looks good in those clogs). I'm sensing that "diagonal" is simply too good, metrosexual or Persian to understand that comfortable shoes have their drawbacks.

I have seen those in person. Oddly enough, usually on Persians, but especially Indians. A better description of diagonal is someone that wears actual dress shoes when the situation calls for it, and doesn't whine about it, or wear some ghastly hybrid between dress-shoe / slipper / water moccasin and think they're fooling anyone.
 

Mace1370

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Jul 9, 2007
787
106
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Allen Edmonds are fantastic, but quite far out of the $75 price range. In that range, I would go with Eccos, but as others have mentioned they are borderline not dressy.
 

J-Rad

Full Member
Moderator Emeritus
15+ Year Member
Apr 12, 2003
3,333
21
With my Children Of The Corn
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Meh. It's not a fashion show. Get shoes that look good enough to go with Kakhis, a shirt, and a tie and spend enough money to have comfortable feet. Nobody's really looking at your feet unless you're hanging out with the I-was-disappointed-Mumsy-and-Popsy-didn't-spring-for-a-Benz-and-only-got-me-an-Escalade-for-high-school-graduation crowd.
 

username456789

Full Member
10+ Year Member
May 24, 2009
4,661
8,656
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
they're classic, stylish

41FwToEG%2BjL._SX270_.jpg

Sweet mother of god. They may or may not be comfortable, but those are some god-awful ugly shoes. There is nothing classic or stylish about them. Yikes.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

username456789

Full Member
10+ Year Member
May 24, 2009
4,661
8,656
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
They actually aren't that bad and certainly not "atrocious," seeing how often they get compliments when they're actually on. Maybe you just have to see them in person...but the last thing I would call them are "old man" shoes, especially in the context of Merrels and Danskos (I'm sorry, but no guy looks good in those clogs). I'm sensing that "diagonal" is simply too good, metrosexual or Persian to understand that comfortable shoes have their drawbacks.

Anyone who knows anything about dressing well in terms of male clothing/shoes understands that the shoes you linked are simply an abomination. They may be comfortable, and since that's the goal of this thread, then whatever. But please understand that those things, from a "style" standpoint, should be burned in a huge fire.

If anyone is actually going out of their way to "compliment" those shoes (and I seriously doubt they are), you should probably assume they are blind.
 

MedPR

Membership Revoked
Removed
Dec 1, 2011
18,579
52
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Podiatry
About 99.99% of female physicians are wearing Danskos in the hospital where I work. I don't see a lot of the male physicians wearing them though.. Do they not make them for men? I know they're ugly.. but who really cares when you're walking around in scrubs anyway, right?
 
About the Ads

VisionaryTics

Señor Member
10+ Year Member
Jan 14, 2009
1,942
2,523
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Allen Edmonds are fantastic, but quite far out of the $75 price range. In that range, I would go with Eccos, but as others have mentioned they are borderline not dressy.

You can get near-mint used or factory seconds Allen Edmonds for pretty cheap.

My AEs have had a great six months, but they're getting retired for surgery.
 

Winged Scapula

Cougariffic!
Staff member
Volunteer Staff
Apr 9, 2000
39,956
18,682
forums.studentdoctor.net
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Yes, the point of the thread is comfort however, the OP uses the word "dressy" in the title.

When did the American male start thinking that dressy meant those God awful slip ons that a few have posted above? Is it because kids starting wearing velcro straps on their shoes so no one knows how to tie laces? ;)

Please read any issue of Esquire, GQ, Vogue for Men etc and you'll see that the shoes they list for work almost all have laces or monk straps. And while I don't care for the Magli's that bala1 showed above (really you wear those in the OR? I've never seen shoe covers that are 100% waterproof), at least its a step in the right direction in terms of what's classically considered "work clothes" for men albeit on the more casual side.

I rarely disagree with J-Rad but I posit that there are women who DO look at a man's shoes and make up judgements about him based on same and that's not just in Scottsdale. Whether we like it or not, our clothes do tell a story about us.
 
Last edited:
Nov 24, 2007
7,928
8,117
The ivory tower.
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
931a10450c2045209ad93f86a9ea81e7_best.jpg


pretty comfortable.. Bruno Magli... size 12

Funky cool. I could pull those off, though not in the OR. They're not going to be anywhere close to $75 either.
Nice.
Not for the interview trail though.:D
I wear high quality running shoes. Lots of ventilation to keep my feet cool and dry. The downside is they stain easily and look horrible, and they're not waterproof. Sometimes you get a drop of blood on the outside of your socks. You'll live. But I'm at the head of the bed. If I was doing ortho, OB, etc. where you're going to get wet, I'd go waterproof. More than a few in the trenches have boots for that purpose.
 
Last edited:

hughnguyen22

Full Member
5+ Year Member
Aug 14, 2012
119
4
Middle-Earth
Status (Visible)
  1. Occupational Therapist
I don't get to wear scrubs frequently, which means wearing terribly uncomfortable dress shoes for 12 hours a day.

Christmas is around the corner....anyone have recommendations for uber comfortable men's dress shoes under $75?
Anything with hard soles.
 

username456789

Full Member
10+ Year Member
May 24, 2009
4,661
8,656
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
When did the American male start thinking that dressy meant those God awful slip ons that a few have posted above? Is it because kids starting wearing velcro straps on their shoes so no one knows how to tie laces? ;)


It's a very strange phenomenon. The mid-20's is such a hilariously awkward age to observe among males. We know that the early teen years are classically awkward in that voice-changing, hormones-raging, identity-searching way that is somewhat endearing (to a point).

But the early/mid(/even late 20's for many) is a period where the American male is presumably trying to begin some sort of professional career and has perhaps recently graduated from college/grad/professional school. Suddenly the once or twice yearly need to put on anything that resembles "dressy" becomes a routine thing, but most guys apparently aren't ready for this and panic. And then, almost inexplicably, they almost intuitively start collecting only the most hideous articles of clothing and footwear under the assumption that, since all the other awkward 24 year olds wear black square-toed slip-on hybrid sneaker/dress shoes, this is an honor befitting of him as well.

Thus the barrage of baggy "relaxed fit" Dockers, clunky rubber-soled Skechers, and awful dark-colored (red/dark navy blue/black/gray) baggy button-up shirts that ensues.

The unfortunate ending to this tale is that, for many men, they never actually grow out of this awkward phase.

And it really doesn't require anything remotely close to a Herculean effort to dress reasonably well. By understanding a few very basic guidelines and having an appreciation for how clothing is actually supposed to fit you, you can go from "slob in your father's oversized hand-me-downs" to "debonair" in a few easy steps. I know some dudes are worried it's not "cool" or "manly" to give a damn how they dress. For people with that kind of mindset, they're probably beyond help as it is.

Anyway, I greatly digress. If you want to wear disgustingly ugly shoes because they are super comfortable, that's ok as long as you don't operate under the false assumption that their look is anything but terrible. Believe it or not, there are quite a few "nice looking" shoes/brands of shoes out there that are very comfortable. At the risk of channeling the user neusu here [for those of you on the "I hate surgery residents" thread], to the same degree that it's not accepted to wear sneakers with slacks in a work setting, there is some element of "suck-it-upitude" that has to come into play here.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

Winged Scapula

Cougariffic!
Staff member
Volunteer Staff
Apr 9, 2000
39,956
18,682
forums.studentdoctor.net
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Rockport slip ons.

:smack:

GuyWhoDoesStuff...I guess there are few of us here who appreciate your wisdom on the matter.

Interestingly, IMHO it has always been more of an issue for the female medical students/residents on deciphering appropriate work wear - perhaps too many choices is how I interpreted it.

The men? They just needed, mostly, refining. The shoes were ugly, scuffed, the pants too large or small, pleats separated, sleeves too short/long, etc. I never had to talk to a male student about showing too much skin, or the need to wear a tie to clinic. Then again, surgery is typically more conservative (and we did not allow scrubs except on Trauma Surgery).
 
Feb 27, 2005
3,210
4,041
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
I see.

I dont have many of their shoes because I prefer high heels in the office and theirs tend to max out at around 3 inches, which doesn't do it for me. I do however own about 50 of their bags ( which is why I asked).

If I'm ever in your neck of the woods, please please please let me see your closet.:oops:
 

link2swim06

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Dec 14, 2007
3,266
804
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Thanks for all the suggestions guys.

Ended up going to Cole Haan outlet like someone suggested.

They have nike air shocks and are very comfortable. Orignal price $150, outlet price $83.

Only $8 over budget. Win.
 
Last edited:

Siverhideo1985

Full Member
Jun 7, 2008
1,165
26
Status (Visible)
  1. Fellow [Any Field]
Damn, I'm too late. But, I like Clarks...they are very comfortable and reasonably priced at DSW. I have two pairs now and my feet have never hurt in either pair...even after long days on the wards or after interviews with lots of walking.
 

bala1

Full Member
Removed
Nov 14, 2012
135
2
Status (Visible)
I sport those bruno magli's in the OR without shoe covers period. They are 400 dollar shoes. People look at me and they know Im a no bs guy when they see me wearing those shoes without shoe covers. And winged scapula is right, chicks DO look at a guys shoes and make judgements. That is NOT why I wear em.

When i first got out of residency, a urologist did a nephrectomy in 45 mins. I was impressed. I was further impressed he was wearing a pair of magli's without any shoe covers..
 
About the Ads
This thread is more than 7 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.