Originally Posted by Fuzzles
I have some asics running shoes with inserts in them. I love asics! But I bought these back in April or so. I've been walking in them usually about 2.5 miles about 4 days a week and at one point I was running in them. They look to be in really, really good condition, but I know you're only supposed to walk like 300 miles in shoes and then get rid of them so maybe it's that time to start looking for shoes just for work or something. Maybe a walking shoe would be better. I was also told never to get shoes that have the air pockets in them because eventually they will bust being a cashier and on your feet all day.
A foot spa may need to be on my list for Christmas
. That's a good idea.
I also do retail, so I understand what you're going through...
One thing: Have two pair of shoes. Alternate them during your work week. Don't wear the same pair two days in a row. It wears them out even faster and they don't get a chance to 'air out' among other things...
I personally cannot wear sneakers for work. my feet can't take them. They're too soft and spongy for my poor feet. I have a pair of Birkenstocks (pricey, i know, but man, they do the job) mules with a closed toe (brand name is Birkies, but are Birkenstocks), and a pair of old Clarks that I keep putting new insoles into. I'm due for a new pair of insoles and am thinking getting custom fitted ones from a place here in town. the ones I have in there now are also too soft, and they really aren't THAT soft. I need to go find out how $$$ the custom ones are...
Give yourself time to adjust to being on your feet for full shifts... and alternate your shoes. If, after a few weeks, your feet are still screaming at you, you may need to 'trade up' to something better for your feet than sneakers. Some women at our store do fine in sneakers, some wear those evil Crocs (I can't, they're too wide for my feet, and don't give enough arch support) and do fine... I have to wear open heel or my feet get worse... if my feet overheat, I'm done in a few hours, let alone eight.
Drink plenty of water (find out if you can keep a closed water bottle at your register, I can and make no effort in hiding it from customers... they usually understand if we've been slammed). Stretch your feet when you can, rocking back and forth, bringing the toes up, then alternating to bringing the heels up.
Also, after what you describe of how much you've been using those shoes... replace them. Keep 'em for walking, fine for now... but have two pair of shoes dedicated to working. I almost never use my Birkies for non-work... and I never use the Clarks. Just prefer other things.
Welcome to retail!!