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vibram five fingers kso ´╗┐comfortable shoes Most of my job is in an office, and all of my previous jobs have been office bound. I typically wear Allen Edmonds and similar dress shoes to work, and they're great. But I have a new set of responsibilities which make those shoes less appropriate. I now sometimes need to be at events that have me standing and walking effectively all day long. So I need shoes that are extremely comfortable for long days of standing and walking on various surfaces. The events are sometimes indoors and sometimes outdoors, so the shoes need to be able to handle occasional water, mud, etc. They need to be durable enough that they won't be destroyed if someone steps on my toes or I scuff them (though I don't need or want steel toed boots). Finally, and this is the one that I have found makes all the other stuff difficult, they need to look reasonably dressy because on those same days I'm often meeting with important clients. I can't be wearing work boots, clogs, athletic shoes or anything like that. They don't need to be as dressy as my office shoes, but they should look like "business shoes." Maybe a very nice boot would be ok, but I'm not sure. Cost is pretty much no object if the shoes are really perfect. posted by Diablevert at 11:24 AM on September 23, 2013 [3 favorites] Dressy ankle boots would work. If I had my druthers, I'd be working my 16 hour runrunrun days in a pair of 1000 milers. Some trendier brands make wing tip versions, which are a bit more dressy. posted by carsonb at 11:25 AM on September 23, 2013 You could also make a go at bringing back the dress cowboy boot, to be worn with a suit. I'm not saying you should make a go at bringing back such a cringe inducing style, but I think the right guy could maybe swing it. posted by carsonb at 11:28 AM on September 23, 2013 [2 favorites] Sounds like a job for Rockports, maybe one of their Oxfords. The pairs that I've had have lasted for a long time and have been comfortable for long days on my feet, including the time I walked five miles home after the earthquake in DC. I have heard that their quality has declined but haven't bought any in a few years. posted by exogenous at 11:33 AM on September 23, 2013 [2 favorites] I think dressier ankle boots would be ok as well. However, I'm not sure sticking with heavy, goodyear welted shoes will meet your criteria for all day on the feet comfort. Would something like this work? They are a far cry from your AEs in terms of classiness, but the last pair of Clarks dress shoes I had felt a lot more like sneakers and were very comfortable for extended wear. posted by voiceofreason at 11:34 AM on September 23, 2013 [1 favorite] Allen Edmonds makes several different dress boots. I'm unsure from your description if those are not appropriate. Seconding dressy ankle boots. I quite like my chisel toe Blundstones, which have all the qualities you're looking for. And they look just fine with a suit. posted by Capt. Renault at 11:36 AM on September 23, 2013 Mephistos, the welted line made in Germany [oops, made in France]. Look through the ones here on Zappos a lot of them are standard puffy "comfort" shoes, but they have eight or nine models of nice, welted walking shoes. The "city shoes" on the Mephisto website are also pretty handsome, although you might have to google around to find a place that stocks all of them. (I mean, if you're paying AE money, I assume Mephisto prices won't break the bank either.) posted by Frowner at 11:39 AM on September 23, 2013 These keens would tick all your boxes, as long as they aren't too casual. posted by Requiax at 11:43 AM on September 23, 2013 [1 favorite] I really like Born shoes for this sort of thing. posted by jon1270 at 11:44 AM on September 23, 2013 I would try Paraboot (their website seems to not be working). Despite the name, most of their products are normal shoes and not boots, with heavy rubber (Goodyear welted) soles and tough leather uppers. If you really want to go fancy, I would also consider something in shell cordovan, probably still with a rubber sole if you're going to be out in the muck. Shell cordovan is nigh indestructible with a price to match. You could also get overshoes like Swims and use those when you have to be outside. posted by backseatpilot at 11:46 AM on September 23, 2013posted by notyou at 12:00 PM on September 23, 2013