My vote is in for the Sanuk's, too. The tivas leave horrible tan lines. and tend to give me blisters ... PLUS .... they leave your toes at risk for mangling.
You may find them IN STORE at Summit Huts and some Finish Lines (though, men's selections tend to be more plentiful) or if there's a specialty flip flop shop in your area (I'm in Arizona ... a lot of sandal stores!).
I Bought these at Target. They are Target's own brand Mossimo supply Co". I paid $18 on sale although they are normally $22. I have been wearing them for two weeks now & they are extremely comfortable. No problems with blisters. The soles are thick & they actually feel like walking around on sneakers. At $18 I wont even be upset if they get ruined in the Bonnaroo mud.
Post by Chris Major on May 29, 2011 19:13:52 GMT -5
Still debating on whether or not any of the three pairs of Sanuk's I ordered due to this thread actually provide enough support for Bonnaroo. I'm thinking I'll bring one pair and a couple pairs of regular sneakers in case they end up killing my feet.
Try the Dr. Scholl gel/orthotic insoles...those things have saved my life numerous times.
Have any of the ladies worn Chacos flip flops for extended periods? I have a pair of the Unaweep Chacos, but my friend's dog chewed on the buckle and I'm not sure if they'll hold up (only worn 4 or 5x times, too!). They're so ugly, but the flip flops are less hideous and look like they might provide pretty good support.
Talking about crocs do you guys just buy the basic ones? They have maryjane styled crocs that aren't quite as ugly but I wonder if they might not be as comfortable as the orginal style. I have Teva sandles (wide) when I was heavier I would wear them and the ring on the outside of the shoe would put blisters on my pinky toe. I thought maybe it was just my fat foot. Now that I'm way lighter and wear normal width shoes they still rub my pinky toe otherwise they would be great for Bonnaroo, I think. I do have a pair of the Teva flipflops that are OH so comfy.
I rocked Wal-Mart's knock-off Crocs in '09 (I believe I bought them for $5). Best purchase ever. I'm sure they were the same style as basic Crocs.
When the rain came pouring down on Thursday night and everything turned to mud, I just kept walking. They stayed on my feet, let the water right in and right out, and were as clean as they were when I bought them after stepping in a bucket of water at the end of the day.
In addition, they provide closed toe cover for those of you who like to work your way up in a crowd/pit. That's why I ditched the sandals, my feet were constantly being stepped on.
My only warning is that they are some sort of rubber material, and if they don't fit perfectly, you will be sure to get a blister. But once again, for as much walking as I did in them over the course of the weekend, it wasn't bad at all.
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Post by ♫JenKazoo☮ on May 30, 2011 15:56:49 GMT -5
Been out looking for affordable Roo shoes all day. I needed something with a good arch and ankle support bc I had a bad ankle injury last summer and it still is really weak, shaky and sore. I settled on Tevas. Got them heavily discounted. They are blue. Not too prectty but I think they will keep me from breaking my ankle. I am bringing my air cast boot (Betty White) just in case.
Post by bonnaroobus on May 30, 2011 19:58:18 GMT -5
Ive worked at roo for a couple years and it's super sad to see people have to go home after slipping and messing up their ankles. It's tough to get around 'roo on a spain. Mucker boots are useful... 60% chances of rain on Wednesday. Clean dry socks are helpful too. Crocs are great for regular days. I do NOT reccommend flip flops as your ONLY pair of shoes!
Jack, WalMart sells cheap men's boots in the hunting section. I picked up a pair for $8 a few years ago (and I'm female) and have worn them to many fests.
Folks, buy some moleskin at CVS or another d store. If you end up with blisters, it will save you a lot of agony. Also, they make padded strips that are used for the inside back of ladies' shoes and those might help with Croc-type sandals.
Post by mizvalentine on May 31, 2011 15:32:40 GMT -5
I got a SUPER comfy pair of knockoff Toms-type shoes at Payless last week. Have walked about 6 or 8 miles in them thus far and no blisters...however, they have thin rubber soles (like Toms or Sanuks) and I was worried about heel and leg pain from shock, and lack of arch support.
What I did was buy some gel cushion insoles, pull out the thin liner that came with the shoes, put the gel insoles in the bottom and put the thin liner back in on top. That way, I get the heel cushioning, but the gel insoles won't make my feet sweat bullets (they're plastic and felt sticky/terrible with no socks). Feels like good arch support too, they're totally improved shoes now. Just thought that might help someone.
I'll be bringing those, Tevas, knee-high rain boots and a ratty old pair of Adidas with me. Hopefully that leaves me prepared for everything!!
Yay, found the Keens...onlineshoes.com threw in free 2-day shipping! I orderered them yesterday morning and it looks like they'll be here this afternoon. Between these, my Chacos flip flops and my rain boots, I think I'm set!
This is my first 'Roo, so I'm not as experienced as you all with these things, but I did peruse this thread a lot and decided on some Crocs. I'm not a Crocs fan (visually), but these were the cutest ones I liked that looked sturdy, weren't incredibly bulky like a lot seem to be, and had a strap in case of mud:
On my Wal-Mart run, I decided to try on some comfy, sturdy looking sandals. These were $20. I've spent some time walking around in them and they feel great. I figure it will be a nice change from the Crocs if needed.
I've been working on breaking both of those in.
And I got a $1 pair of flip-flops from Wal-Mart. We'll be camping in Accessible, so I can use those for quick trips or just hanging out at camp. And I'll be bringing along my old tennis shoes (I just upgraded, so I'm bringing the old ones that are still comfy). I really wanted some Vibram Five Fingers, but needed a camera more and just couldn't justify the purchase.
Also going to pick up some rain boots from Target. They've got some as low as $9 there. Not sure how comfy they'll be?
AND, I have MOLESKIN. Many here have recommended it, so I have some. I'm thinking about getting some gel inserts to have for my Crocs, just in case. Sassbox recommended the Dr. Scholl's Orthopedic Inserts. Are there others to consider?
My feet felt like they could start getting sweaty in the Crocs. Is that one thing I should use Gold Bond for?