Looking for a Converse but not Converse shoe.

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Looking for a Converse but not Converse shoe.
Tue, 08-19-2014 - 1:14pm

Hi! I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a sneaker that would be similar to a Converse shoe, but not as rigid on the sole. I feel like Frankenstein walking in them. :( Would love some input as I'm not a shoe gal so I'm not even sure what's "in" at the moment. I'm looking for something that would be good for family day trips in cooler weather, like apple picking, pumpkin picking, and so on, while also being fashionable. Thanks!


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Registered: 11-09-2011
Tue, 08-19-2014 - 1:57pm

Hi! Have you thought about something like this? That's a New Balance 373. 

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 08-19-2014 - 4:49pm

Check out Pumas. Go to puma.com then women>sneakers>Rio Speed. They used to have another style called Takala 2 that was more minimalist but I think its being phased out. And check out Onitsuka Tigers Mexico 66 or Corsair, both flat sneakers with a thin flexible sole. Or go to the website of a big dept store like Macys to view women's "fashion athletic" shoes. 

For a casual soft flat shoe I love my suede Clark's desert boots. They're not good in the rain (the crepe sole gets slippery and the suede gets stained) but for dry days they're great. A couple of years ago they were trendy for men, I just consider them a timeless classic. And now they have a selection of colors, patterns, and leathers:   http://clarksoriginals.com/product/desert-boot-00103869/ 

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Wed, 08-20-2014 - 8:37pm

If you are looking for a comfortable walking sneaker, look into Sketchers Go Walk 2.  There are a dozen different variations on the basic style, both slip-on and lace up.  There are LITERALLY THOUSANDS of 5 star reviews of these shoes.  My girls and all their friends LOVE THEM.  The ONLY reason I don't have them yet, is that I have bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs and need arch support.  I'm working my way thru the styles to find one that accommodates ALL my issues.  I usually wear LL Bean sandals, but they've discontinued my style.