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We all know that shoes are important. We are on our feet between 8 and 10 hours a day and we need shoes that are comfortable and stylish. Here are what other teachers are wearing.
Posted by:Carolyn #41923

I guess that your dress should reflect your profession, but it should also be practical and reflect the climate where you live. I teach in South Carolina. I know that when I return to school in early August, it will definitely be way too hot for panty hose (not that I ever wear them!) The thought of stuffing my feet into heavy socks and shoes in the summertime and then standing around on a steamy playground is a definite turn-off for me. Sandals are much more comfortable. These are dressy, business-like sandals, though, not fli-flops or some other very casual sandals. Even districts in the South frown upon such items being worn by teachers. We are also permitted to wear shorts, as long as they are dressy ones--not cut-off, gym shorts, or ones like that.

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New Dress Code
Posted by:yesteach #121524

We have a new dress code for next year... my only complaint is that they are saying no Crocs. I know, people think they're casual.. however, they're also excellent orthopedic shoes (IF you have real Crocs, not the cheap imitations). I started wearing them two summers ago when my daughter was REQUIRED to wear them at her job (she was working in food service and they're anti-microbial). I tried them on and fell in love with them and wore them all summer. The biggest change for me was my foot. I have traumatic arthritis in my right foot, and have dealt with pain in the joint of my big toe since I was about 16 (I'm 47 now). For the first time in thirty years I had no pain in my foot in that joint (it even hurts if I go barefoot!). I started wearing nothing but Crocs...

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My two cents worth...
Posted by:kreeves #120926

So I haven't finished reading this whole page yet, but I couldn't help but think of this comparison when everyone keeps talking about how we ARE professionals and, therefore, should dress as such.

Doctors and nurses are professionals, too, but would you expect to see your surgeon wearing a suit and tie or three piece business suit for women when taking you into surgery? In fact, I don't even see many doctors dress this way anymore. Why? Because they are in and out of patient rooms all day long trying to perform their job. Are they still professional? Absolutely.

So many people in response to this post have noted that our job must be taken into consideration and that is the essential point in this matter. Yes, we are professionals. No, it does not make sense to have to dress up everyday the way...

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Comfortable shoes
Posted by:ubs #119791

I also kick off my shoes whenever i can, myoung. Guess it comes from growing up in the south. I love Borns and Crocs. My principal has not actually come out and said to not wear the Crocs-so until she does I wear them. We cannot wear flip-flops-even cute ones which kills me. I really fight against the "teacher shoe" thing even though I am old enough to give in. Some of the teachers in my school run around in heels, and I think they are nuts. Why would a kinder teacher wear 3 inch heels? I go as casual as I can.

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Posted by:Susie #86868

I sold shoes in college and I have a few of suggestions.

1. Ecco, they are AWESOME, I wear one of my 3 pairs almost everyday. They are a German designed shoe. There is a "cup" under the heel for shock. And a wide "toe box" (the toe area is very wide) which means your feet will be able to relax, and you won't feel crammed in there. They are a bit pricey ranging from $100 to $200 depending on what style you choose, but they are worth every penny!

2. Joseph Sibel, not as wonderful as Ecco, but hey, they are a bit less expensive, and offer many of same wonderful things Ecco does.

3. Born or Clark, they are great shoes with a reasonable price, not too hard on wallet. These shoes have a great arch support for the most part but sometimes lack comfort for the...

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Posted by:happy feet #32667

I go for expensive shoes because they last for several years and feel great. Ecco makes stylish shoes, about $100/pair but I have 2 pairs that I have had for 2 & 3 years and they still look new and I wear them at least once a week. I also wear Doc Martens, very comfy, Birkenstocks, and some other imported shoe from Naturalizer that was pricey but at 4 years old still looks great. My legs NEVER ache, I'm middle age and hardle ever sit down...The money is worth it, even if you just buy one pair a year (ask family members to chip in for a birthday gift!!)

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Feet in heaven
Posted by:Bee #119678

with Ecco shoes. I convinced my husband to try them and he loves them. I also convinced, actually pressured, our 20 year old, fashion deva, to try them for a Europe tour. She thinks they are rather ugly, but she was able to walk all over and her feet never got tired compared to other women on the tour who had foot trouble. I still want to try the Dansko because I have heard many positive comments about them. Good luck finding your perfect pair of shoes!

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Posted by:Jjk #32665

Lisa -
Have you ever tried Clark shoes? I am a trendy person, as far as fashion, but bought a pair of Clarks shoes last summer. I love them! They are comfy and have lasted the entire year! I love wearing chunk heels and boots, but after teaching and then being a dance instructor in the evenings, my feet need a break. So the next day - they're in the Clarks.

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Posted by:Judy #79270

I had a friend who swore by Clark shoes. I bought a pair two years ago because they were on clearance. I have 6 pair now. They are mostly clogs but have sandals also. They run about $50 a pair but I have never ended the day with sore feet. Good luck

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Posted by:Chantal #32672

I spend close to $100 on a pair of clogs by Dansko and hey last for several years, go with everything, alll seasons, and are the most comfortable shoes I own. It is so worth the money. Lets remember we all have different styles. SOme people will say, "clogs, yuck!" and thats fine. I am happy in them; to each his (or her)own!

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Posted by:dee #111121

I developed plantar fascitis (sp) last year. It was so bad I could not walk in the mornings. Finally went to the foot doc and got cortisone shots (worth it for me), BUT he said that Dansk shoe brand is recommended from the Academy of Podiatrists. I bout a pair of open back clogs since it hurts to have anything on the back of my heel. They are wonderful! And there are a ton of styles, I just can't wear most of them ;(

I'll be looking into merrell shoes for a more springy-type shoe since I can only wear the clogs from Dansk. If your feet hurt, get them checked out. Cortisone shots are a last resort, but the longer you wait, the worse it gets. He gave me a bunch of exercises that I do faithfully because they really help my feet. Now if I can...

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Professional Dress
Posted by:CageyBee #120929

To me, professional dressing means you need to dress for the part of your profession. So...if you are on your feet all day shoes of comfort/safety would be a MY feet's definition of comfort. Heels have never fallen into that category while I am teaching. If I am running to the copy machine or to pick up kids from all over the building or setting up paint, clay, glue, or cleaning up those items, then I need to wear comfortable, washable fabrics...unless I am being given an assistant! Plus, air conditioning is not a part of our classrooms...I should wear a suit in the heat of the day...NO WAY!

Society's outlook about dressing has become more about comfort and being casual on all levels. Has anyone seen a bustle or powered wig lately? LOL Khaki pants, gauchos, slacks of any fabric, blouses, tops, sweaters, whatever, should be...

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Dansko Clogs
Posted by:SJS #77403

I swear by these shoes; I wear them just about every day and the look is contagious in my school. They were originally developed for medical professionals (nurses) but now come in a fabulous array of colors: I have black and brown, and am thinking of getting red or pink this year! They're expensive (around $100/pair) but well worth it. You'll have them forever and wear them every day!!

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Posted by:Tounces #119627

I wear Easy Spirit shoes mostly. I too like Clarks. The other brand I wear is Aerosoles. I always wear flat or very low healed shoes because they are easier on the back. Plus I don't care for the look of heals.
I used to buy cheaper shoes to have enough to match outfits. They would fall apart one way or another. Now that I buy only quality name brand shoes, they last a lot longer and they are by far more comfortable. A good place to buy these is in an outlet mall. They have whole stores for just Clarks, or Easy Spirits. There you'll find more of a selection and less expensive prices.
Easy Spirit is my favorite brand.

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Posted by:ogteacher #111137

Feet, hips, and back. Here's what has helped the most - I have custom made orthotics that I got through my chiropractor. You can also get them from a podiatrist. These not only cushion and support your feet and arches, they keep your feet and legs aligned so you don't get so much hip and back pain as well. These are very different from the Dr. Scholls that you can buy off the shelves, they are made specifically for your feet. I usually wear Easy Spirit. I take out the original foot liners and put in my orthotics.

Okay, out on a limb here - for the Plantar Fasciitis and varicose veins, yoga! Many of the leg and foot stretches help keep your heels stretched so you don't get the fasciitis. There is a very simple exercise for varicose veins: Lie on your back with your... well......

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comfy shoes
Posted by:Tchrsbell #119754

I just bought some Easy Spirit tennies that do not look like tennies. They are a olive-type green color with an open back and are very comfortable. I also got a pair of tan ones that do not have the open back, but also slip on. They look good with tan Docker-type pants and do wonders for the feet!

I also LOVE Clarks and Naturalizer shoes.

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