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Help me find some new sneakers/athletic shoes please!


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I have worn Skechers sneakers for about 15 years now. I bought a pair of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Skechers-Womens-DLites-Lace-Up-Sneaker/dp/B0012G7X6A?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage">these</a>in 2010 and they lasted until 2015 with near daily use. I then bought another pair last spring and they started falling apart within a few months. The new ones DH bought last summer are already breaking as well. Before these most recent pairs all the pairs we've had had over the years have lasted two years minimum. Now I am wondering if their quality has gone downhill.


Now in the last few years Skechers has greatly changed their lineup of sneakers. They all seem much narrower than they used to be. I have had no luck finding any that are comfortable and I'm tempted to order another pair like I already have and hope they don't fall apart. (I think the ones being sold on Amazon might be leftovers of old styles that have been phased out.) DH thinks the brand has gone downhill and that I should try to find another.


Does anyone know what brands I should try? I hate shoes with much of an arch, probably because the arch feels like it is too far back in the other brands I've tried on: Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Ryka, etc. I think I like the older style Skechers sneakers because they were plenty wide, especially in the toe area and because they has almost no arch.


Do I just need to go out and buy some Vans or other skater shoes? (At least in the 90s they had no arch.) I need something super comfortable since I go to Jazzercise about six days per week.)


ETA: I am looking for athletic shoes.

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For "sneakers" which I define as everyday cute shoes, not athletic shoes, I love my gray vans Atwood that I got last year. Vans are wider than Keds or Converse and I think more comfortable. But if you want a shoe you can exercise in, New Balance would be worth a look.

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