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I’m to the point where I think I might have to wear my athletic shoes almost all the time.  My knees are having issues again (I’ve done PT previously) and know that my footwear choices are not helping. I am living in Hawaii though where sandal and flip flop wear is most common and confortable.  I love the ease and comfort of sandals here but the pain is not worth it.  

Are there sandals that are supportive that will hold up through almost daily wear? I’ve had bad luck in the past with pricy sandals falling apart on me.  

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I've have & love Olukai O'hana's. Way more than I want to pay but for 2 years I've worn them every waking summer hour. The days I have tried to go without my feet let me know. 

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I have some Dr. Scholl’s sandals that I like. They’re not the cutest, but they’re comfortable and weren’t terribly expensive.

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I started wearing vionic flip flops because of plantar fasciitis. I wear them almost all day every day and they hold up really well. 

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1 hour ago, DesertBlossom said:

I started wearing vionic flip flops because of plantar fasciitis. I wear them almost all day every day and they hold up really well. 

Same here. I love my Vionic flip flops!

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2 hours ago, BlueGables said:

I've have & love Olukai O'hana's. Way more than I want to pay but for 2 years I've worn them every waking summer hour. The days I have tried to go without my feet let me know. 

 

I just looked and they have these at the Navy Exchange here! I’ll have to go try some on. 

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I walk a lot around here, on slippery and uneven stone pavement, mostly. I swear by Tevas.

I'd love to try Vitronics, too, but I need something that is grippy. 

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Keen.  We don't have a lot of choice here but both my mother and my son find them supportive.

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I like Birkenstocks but there are some nice Ecco mesh shoes that are almost as cool as sandals but  a bit better for walking. 

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I had some Birkenstock's that I loved, but they are pretty pricey. I also like Chacos and I have a few pairs of Skechers that are cute and have good support. I bought my Skechers on Amazon Prime day and they were reasonable.

 

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I have a pair of Chacos and Birkenstocks that I alternative in the summer. The Birkenstocks are pricey but last a long time. They are extremely comfortable. The Chacos are comfortable too - but they are more rugged - washable, solid grip. The Chacos are expensive but very supportive and after wearing for two years (I think) - they still look brand new. The Birkenstocks are easy just to slip your feet into, but I have to stop and tighten the strap on the Chacos I have. 

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7 hours ago, Beaniemom said:

 

I just looked and they have these at the Navy Exchange here! I’ll have to go try some on. 

If you have an exchange, check out the Okadashi if they have them. (My PX does). They’re actually pretty cheap and can be found at Walgreens even, but seem comfy and supportive. Full disclosure, I don’t own any... yet. 

As an aside, I’ve ordered the OluKai flips two years in a row because I want some SO much, but they actually have too much support for my flat feet and I’ve sent them back both times. So you might love them since you need support! They’re super cute and definitely have support.

Also, I’d love to live somewhere that flip flops were daily wear. I LOVE flip flops!💕

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I get plantar faciitis really bad if I don't wear supportive shoes. All I wear in the summer is Merrell sandals. I had a pair last EIGHT years (as in, this was the only pair of shoes I ever wore when it was warm outside), and I could still wear them if I wanted to; they haven't fallen apart. I got new ones last year, though. 

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I struggle with plantar fasciitis and I have bad knees (ACL repair in one).

Keens have a supportive enough footbed for me. Also, on the cheap-o end, I have two pairs of Skechers that don't kill my feet.  I wear them in the summer when I need support but want a comfy sandal. They are both this style: https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/skechers-womens-reggae-zig-swag-sandals

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My sister loves Tevas, so I ordered some. They have good arch support, but the arch hit the bottom of my foot in the wrong place, so I had to send them back.

I wore a certain style of Clarks for 15+ years. I wore the sandals daily in the summer, and they would last for a couple of years. Then I would order the exact pair again. But they changed them, and they no longer worked for me. I have very narrow feet and need straps all over to hold sandals on, so it's hard to find ones that fit me.

I wore Naturalizer hurache style sandals for the last two summers, but the strap around the heel stretched, and now I need to replace them. They were good for daily wear for one summer for me.

This summer, I am trying a different style of Clarks. They are snug while new, so I am hopeful they will hold up. Clarks has many styles to choose from.

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I have a couple pair of abeo sandals with metatarsal support.  one is an "attractive" pair, which I wore constantly while walking around in austria last summer.  the other is a pair of hiking sandals - which puppy got a hold of and did damage before I got it away from him. (even though they're four years old, I want to cry)

abeo comes with or without the metatarsal support - all have good arch support. (I have very high arches.)

eta: - abeo is made for the walking company

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12 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

Tevas

Yup, I wore the Teva Tirra on our cruise and it was GREAT. I always wear shoes with custom molded inserts, but I had no problems with these. I got mine on amazon.

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I have to wear shoes that are good to my feet too. Every summer for the last ten years I've worn Keen's -- I always get the closed-toe style. Also, mine last ten years at a time. I've only bought two pairs and I wear them constantly.

Before I wore keens, I loved my Tevas sandals. I adore these shoes, but the older I get the more I want to keep my toes protected. (Although not sure that's necessary.)

Alley

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3 minutes ago, Alicia64 said:

I have to wear shoes that are good to my feet too. Every summer for the last ten years I've worn Keen's -- I always get the closed-toe style. Also, mine last ten years at a time. I've only bought two pairs and I wear them constantly.

 

The closed-toe are perfect for walking and also cycling. The sandals don't slip off, and the toes are protected. 

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8 hours ago, kiwik said:

Keen.  We don't have a lot of choice here but both my mother and my son find them supportive.

I’ve got a Keen Bali slip on. It is the most comfortable, supportive sandle. They make them with straps, too. It’s the only flip-flop type strapless shoe I’ve ever been able to walk in.

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I have had great Merrell and Ecco sandals. I need straps that adjust really well (fluctuating swelling in my feet and ankles), so that limits my options. 

I think support means different things to different people, so YMMV. I found, over time, Ecco had too much of an arch for me, but otherwise, their sandals were awesome. I like the Merrell sandals because I need something that doesn't have a heal at all. I need something that's basically a "bare foot" shoe or sandal, or else my Achilles tendon gets super tight. (I had Born sandals that were also good but less adjustable.)

I have never been able to do backless shoes or flip flops due to knee pain. They aggravate knee pain like nothing else.

I also see my chiropractor for knee pain. I seem to have several causes, and keeping those in balance is all kinds of fun, lol! But if it's tight muscles or an alignment issue, he can fix it. The footwear just kind of keeps things in check.

Good luck!

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