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  1. I guess the /sarc arises from the idea that this is a bad design. I don’t pretend to understand the Black mind; perhaps they will like how they look beneath a pair of half-mast jeans, or after a few purple dranks.

    They remind me of the costumes in Larry Buchanan’s ultra-cheap “Attack of the The Eye Creatures” (sic, look at the opening credits).

    Amusingly, they couldn’t afford full costumes for everyone, so some Eye Creatures are only wearing the top half, the rest being dark slacks and… sneakers.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @James O'Meara

    Which film will live forever for its fearless depiction of USAF officers.

    Replies: @James O'Meara

  2. They must have a pair of big white cartoon-character gloves that go with those.

  3. I learned once that all the “weird” fashion that appears in fashion shows and shoots is just stunts designed to draw eyeballs so that the designer can showcase their real collection as you look for more things by them to “shock” you.

    That said, I really could see some hipster doofuses and low-IQ black young teens rocking these in an attempt to be different and cool. It is 2020, after all.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    @R.G. Camara


    That said, I really could see some hipster doofuses and low-IQ black young teens rocking these in an attempt to be different and cool. It is 2020, after all.
     
    I hope they never walk into a old pimp with some goldfish high-heels.

    https://youtu.be/BWNQTqMkezc

    Replies: @Mike Tre

    , @gent
    @R.G. Camara

    A lot of high fashion is just the designer putting together stuff they think would look cool. It isn't meant to be worn in any context besides an exhibition. Masturbation by tailoring, essentially.

    , @SaneClownPosse
    @R.G. Camara

    Except many urban gentlemen wear their trousers with half their ass displayed, so you never know what they might be into.

  4. Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don’t care if it’s a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    • Replies: @wren
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Yeezy has you covered Johnny!

    https://supimg.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/25fa9089b48b1b1ba09274cb3ff831b8.jpg


    If those don't look comfy, here's something else:

    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0020/5691/3014/products/johnnie-w[email protected]2x.jpg

    , @Kyle
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Thorogood, 8”, wedge sole plain toe, non insulated.
    https://www.midwestboots.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/Thorogood-Work-Shoes-Boots-814-4364-L.jpg

    https://www.midwestboots.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_code=TH814-4364&matchtype=&network=u&device=m&adposition=&keyword=&gclid=CjwKCAiAt9z-BRBCEiwA_bWv-NArIylDeGhGPMmSN_6Kx_ezZ4pKZdkQkQKqYtmqC9rJLiyZGK4BaBoCtx0QAvD_BwE

    , @Kronos
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I love my Lowa Boots! They’re as expensive as they are comfy. But man they are worth it.


    https://www.amazon.com/LOWA-Boots/s?k=LOWA+Boots

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Old Prude

    , @kaganovitch
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I personally lean towards good old USA made Allen Edmonds or Alden. If you are looking for rubber soled type comfort shoes though,try the French brand Mephisto or the somewhat cheaper (price and build) Danish brand Ecco.

    Replies: @Dissident, @Stan d Mute, @petit bourgeois

    , @Danindc
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I’d rather not

    , @Cato
    @JohnnyWalker123

    You can get good arch support in almost any shoe for about $12 -- Dr Scholl's inserts work well. A shoe that I like for walking (my wife and I walk an average of 3.5 miles each day, mostly on rough terrain) is made by Camel Crown. Their shoes are not expensive and very durable.

    Replies: @Ron Mexico

    , @Almost Missouri
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Just go to Discount Shoe Warehouse and try on a bunch of pairs of whatever takes your fancy till you find one that trips your trigger. If you later decide it wasn't the right pair after all, well you didn't spend a fortune.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @AnotherDad, @AnotherGuessModel

    , @Dissident
    @JohnnyWalker123


    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don’t care if it’s a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.
     
    As someone afflicted with very flat, narrow, pronating feet and also requiring my shoes to be black--excuse me, Black-- in color, and preferably made of genuine leather, I can tell you the shoes I have found to cause me the least amount of the discomfort, pain and severe muscle cramps that I am prone to suffer. Feel free to disregard, though, should you consider me less than a gentleman.

    Around five years ago, I had discovered the Addiction Walker offered by BROOKS and it has, to-date, remained the best for me of all the shoes I have tried over the years. Unfortunately, they discontinued this model around two-three years ago, and I found its replacement, the Addiction Walker 2
    https://www.brooksrunning.com/dw/image/v2/aaev_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-BrooksCatalog/default/dw4ad8ebeb/images/ProductImages/110318/110318_072_l_WR.jpg

    , to invariably cause me to awake with suffer severe, excruciating muscle cramps in my legs and feet the night after I had been wearing them. But this was most likely due to a peculiarity of my own anatomy, so let not my bad experience deter you or anyone else from trying that or any of the other models offered by BROOKS.

    My previous shoe for many years had been the Time Out, a model offered by SAS.
    https://www.sasshoes.com/dw/image/v2/BCFQ_PRD/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-sas-catalog-master/default/dw8985df47/product/s/a/sas-mens-time-out-black-0092-013-1_1.jpg
    (SAS, stands for San Antonio Shoemakers and the shoes are still at least partially manufactured in their Texas factory, which they offer tours of.)

    Note that I have found both the SAS as well as the BROOKS to be less breathable than ideal. This is no doubt because both models, while made of leather uppers, are lined with synthetic material.

    Prior to discovering SAS, I wore, in addition to various sneaker models (mostly Reebok and Reebok imitations), mostly different models from Rockport. Initially, the dressier ones, then later the softer, sportier Rocksport walking model.

    As one would expect, my options became increasingly limited as I got older and my feet and legs became less limber and forgiving. It is difficult to imagine now, but I actually got away with wearing penny loafers into my early teens. Heck, before that, I even had a pair or two of cowboy boots but even then, wearing them came at a price.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Barnard, @JohnnyWalker123

    , @Mike_from_SGV
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Try Red Wing boots or shoes. Best I've ever had.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Jack D
    @JohnnyWalker123

    You'll notice that there are tons of recommendations, all different. There is a reason for this. The most comfortable shoe is one that fits your foot.

    Every shoe is made on a last, which is sort of a foot shaped form around which the upper of the shoe is stretched. In the old days (and still today if you have the $) the last would be made as a copy of the exact measurements and shape of your foot. Nowadays, manufacturers have a last for every size and width but the shape of the last is a sort of ideal or average approximation of the shape of the human foot, which may or may not resemble the shape of your foot even if the length and width are correct. Every manufacturer has his own lasts (and sometime more than 1 shape of last). When you feel that a shoe is comfortable, what that really means is that the shape of that manufacturer's last just happens to approximate the shape of your foot. So person X might love Brand A shoes, whose lasts happen to match the shape of his feet well, but you might hate them because they don't match yours.

    I have no recommendation for shoes, but I one for socks. Get yourself a bunch of merino wool socks. Costco sells them as "trail socks". Wear them summer and winter. They will keep your feet dry and warm in winter and cool in summer. They will make any shoe more comfortable. The only problem with them is that they will spoil you. Once you wear them you won't want to wear any other kind of socks.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @JohnnyWalker123

    , @Harry Baldwin
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I have foot problems and need shoes that provide good cushioning and stability. I went to a specialized shoe store where they take careful measurements of your feet and tell you exactly what you need. For me, it was Brooks Beast running shoes. They're expensive, but once I knew my exact size I keep an open search for them on ebay and snap up any bargains. You shouldn't expect to wear a pair of sneakers more than six months. At that point the cushioning effect is not nearly as good and you really notice the difference when you put on a new pair.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    , @gent
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Just get pair of five dollar insoles. Shoes are shoes.

    , @Mike Tre
    @JohnnyWalker123

    You’ve had plenty of replies, but Sketchers and Rockports are very good shoes. Sketchers makes a very comfortable non slip composite toe work shoe that is as comfortable as any gym shoe I’ve ever worn.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    , @TTSSYF
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Forget comfort and sensible shoes. I'm waiting for men to start wearing heels again like they did in the 70s. Check out those shoes worn by Cory Wells and Chuck Negron in some of their concerts. Those shoes were quite attractive (of course, it didn't hurt that all three Dogs were quite attractive, too).

    Replies: @Known Fact

    , @Anon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Allen Edmonds can correctly measure your feet and do all sizes: very wide, etc. Measuring is very important, and insures arch support goes in the right place. People with wide feet, for example, will often end buying bigger sizes and don’t get correct arch support.

    Also, AE gives the choice of rubber or hard soles. Not inexpensive but you avoid back pain.

    , @Stan d Mute
    @JohnnyWalker123

    There’s always the white working class mainstay Red Wing shoes. A bit pricey perhaps but worn like armor by generation after generation of Detriot working man. An analog to our local institution Carhartt.

    If Red Wing is too lowbrow, there’s always Allen Edmonds.

    , @epebble
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Danner boots made here right in Portland, OR are quite well known. Standard boots for loggers.

    https://s7d4.scene7.com/is/image/LaCrosse/danner-home-gothere-bull-run-crop?&wid=1492&hei=950&fmt=png-alpha

    They were used to trek Pacific Crest Trail in Wild

    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMGMzZmYzYmUt[email protected]._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_.jpg

    , @Joe Paluka
    @JohnnyWalker123

    First question, what race are you and how old are you?

  5. First they came for the sneakers.

    And I said nothing…

    • LOL: Lurker
  6. I’m sure certain folks would go on a cross country pilgrimage to boost those yeezys if given the opportunity.

    What does kanye/adidas sell those for?

  7. Stolen from Sid and Marty Krofft’s costume department.

    • Agree: ben tillman
  8. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    Yeezy has you covered Johnny!

    If those don’t look comfy, here’s something else:

    • LOL: JohnnyWalker123
  9. In case the Mexican narco pointy boots weren’t ridiculous enough footwear.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    @Thomas

    If I recall correctly the Bushes were big fans of the Texas/Mexico “shit kicker” cowboy boots.

    https://media2.fdncms.com/pittsburgh/imager/u/original/1865204/jeb_boots.png

    http://kpbs.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/croppedphotos/2011/05/16/Mexicans-pointy-boots_t614.jpg?a3ca5463f16dc11451266bb717d38a6025dcea0e

    But THESE boots take the cake! When your running away from the law you have a 50% of stabbing yourself in the junk.

    Replies: @Dr. X, @black sea, @AP

  10. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
  11. Sideshow Bob Frames Krusty The Clown – The Simpsons

  12. You never know. The Mostly-Peaceful-American Community has fickle tastes.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    @Wilbur Hassenfus

    I saw a (black) guy wearing a pair of those at the airport the other day. I forgot to ask him where he looted them.

    , @International Jew
    @Wilbur Hassenfus

    Not just that but I will bet that these shoes were designed to appeal to black teenagers.

    The solution to looting is straightforward and has been known for a long time. And it's not to make merchandise unappealing.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy

  13. Liberals on my facebook page got Covid (or took the test enough times to get a false positive)

    They grudgingly admit that after months of isolation (really, they worked from home, didn’t eat out…completely isolated) that there was nothing more they could have done Not To Get It.

    They wore masks…INDOORS guys.

    It’s also…The Sniffles

    Covid. Is. The. Sniffles.

    In the meantime, me and my spouse have travelled all across Europe during the non-lockdown times (and I’m trying to figure out where I can go during lockdown…Dubai?..because no one puts Thoughts in one place for long!) and have had strep throat and that mystery stomach acid vomiting disease I got (not Covid)

    Unless you are in one of the Genetically At Risk Groups and/or Obese

    Covid iS NOTHING

    And masks and crazy isolation won’t stop you from getting it (Or a false positive)

    I think the liberals, much like my other acquaintance who is a known and obnoxious hypochondriac, just took the test enough times for a False Positive

    Steve hit on the Wisest Thing…Getting Everyone to Be Healthier would go a long way to Saving Lives. Losing the extra weight is key

    Get the vaccine to the at risk groups, and leave everyone else alone

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @Thoughts

    The whole thing is over in three months.
    When The Pretender is Inaugurated the first step is a brutal lock-down/mask-asphyxiation campaign, closely followed by the Not-a-Vaccine but that's what gene altering is called nowadays rollout at large.
    The genius lies in the number of RT-PCR test cycles being reduced from the current 40-45 down to about 20.This, of course will greatly reduce the number of false positives and takes us through to the Spring when the magic of vitamin C generated by sunshine (except for the poor POC's- even the Sun is raycist- where do you think the word comes from?) wipes out the remnant.
    Pee-Pad Joe's a hero (Unless by Spring the Knee-pad Ho's in power). The middle class is gone, half the country on the breadline and gasping for a UBI and now it's proven that sometimes brutal dictatorship is the only way.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling

    , @Wade Hampton
    @Thoughts

    Kathleen Parker, WaPo's idea of a "right-wing" columnist, says "getting the vaccine will be our civic duty...but can we as humans remain calm and wait our turn?"

    What a maroon. Just like Covid hospital beds, the miracle vaccine will go mostly unused, because the hysteria is completely disconnected from reality. The disease is pretty benign unless you are 80 and the vaccine is new and nobody wants to be experimented upon like a lab rat.

    My local fish-wrap regularly runs her "deep thoughts" on their op-ed page along with those of fellow leftist midwits E.J. Dionne, Chris Cilizza, Dana Milbank, Leonard Pitts, George Will and assorted local commies writing their laughable letters to the editor.

    I refuse to subscribe and subsidize their drivel. And people wonder why local papers are disappearing.

  14. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    I love my Lowa Boots! They’re as expensive as they are comfy. But man they are worth it.

    https://www.amazon.com/LOWA-Boots/s?k=LOWA+Boots

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Kronos

    Wow. $250 is a lot for a shoe. Thanks for the recommendation though. I'll look through the catalog and see if there's anything that looks interesting.

    Replies: @Kronos

    , @Old Prude
    @Kronos

    My Lowas fell apart in no time. I wore them for farm chores. Comfy but no durability. I got them free from an acquaintance who was a Lowa rep. She said they aren't made to handle chicken shit. She didn't offer a replacement. Cheap bastards.

    Replies: @Kronos

  15. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    I personally lean towards good old USA made Allen Edmonds or Alden. If you are looking for rubber soled type comfort shoes though,try the French brand Mephisto or the somewhat cheaper (price and build) Danish brand Ecco.

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @Dissident
    @kaganovitch


    I personally lean towards good old USA made Allen Edmonds or Alden.
     
    Are you one of the Men of UNZ...

    Seriously, though, are you sure they are still actually made in the USA? (And by "USA", I don't mean the Northern Mariana Islands...)

    I included the qualifiers that I did about SAS because I had noticed, several years ago already, that their Made in the USA claim was qualified somewhat.


    If you are looking for rubber soled type comfort shoes though, try the French brand Mephisto or the somewhat cheaper (price and build) Danish brand Ecco.
     
    Around fifteen years ago, at the suggestion of the salesmen at the store I had been going to for my SAS, I purchased a pair of Mephistos.
    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81d983B1Q5L.jpg
    Over twice the price of the SAS, the Mephisto product was not markedly more stylish but also seemed (both visually and to the touch) of conspicuously higher quality. I was quite happy with them at first but then, at around the same time that I noticed them begin to lose their shape due to wear, I began getting cramps after wearing them. And this was, as best as I can recall, after what seemed like considerably less wear than I would begin to experience the same deterioration from my usual SAS shoes. But again, I have unusually problematic feet and wear down any shoes faster than normal, so my experience should not be assumed to be any indictment of the quality of Mephisto, per se.

    Come to think of it, at the time I purchased the shoes, I also purchased a pair of Mephisto brand socks (priced proportionately to the shoes). After not wearing them for years, I recently did so, and found them remarkably comfortable as well as, surprisingly given the all-synthetic fabric content, breathable.
    ~ ~
    https://www.meetinghouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Back-to-School-with-Ecco-and-moving-to-Senior-School-pin.png
    Handsome-looking shoes, these Eccos.

    Incidentally, from the UK's Chronicle Live, back in 2017:
    School shoes row: Furious family takes drastic action after schoolboy is kept in isolation over footwear


    School staff argue they're trying to do the best for their students by creating a "culture of high standards".
    ...
    But parents have been left outraged as they claim children who break the rules are being separated from their classmates and set work to do quietly in the school hall for the whole day.

    Paul Gibson, 14, was punished for shoes his family said they'd bought after reading the uniform guide and checking them against the examples on offer.

    And his family claims Paul has been wearing the footwear without any issue since the start of the year.

    Paul said: "I'm really annoyed - I feel I was wearing the correct shoes and I'm getting pulled up because they say they have some stitching on that they say breaks the code.

    "They're just normal black shoes. We're being taken out of class and put in the hall, we're not getting the same lunch or break as our friends - it's affecting our education." It's unfair to be honest."

    Paul's sister Toni, 22, said: "The school said he would be in isolation until he got new shoes - but it's not his fault if my mam can't instantly buy new shoes.

    "When she said she physically couldn't afford new shoes they said they would help, but he'd be in isolation until we got some.
    ....
    He said: "First they were getting picked up on shoes, now it's trousers. Their education is at stake.
     

    First, they came for the shoes...

    "They are just being put into a hall and told to do their work - but they're only doing English, maths and science, what about his other subjects?
    ...
    Head teacher Kerry Lord said: "We have clearly set out our uniform expectations to parents/carers and students via several letters home (including visual examples), telephone calls, assemblies in school and through our school website.
    ...
    "After careful consideration, we advised students and parents/carers that we would take action after the half-term break to ensure our high standards were met.
     
    At first, I found myself siding with the quoted students and parents. But now, after reading the actual statements from the school, I'm not so sure. At any rate, we can at least take heart, and not only that with all they're doing to fight the real threats of racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny over in the UK, they still somehow manage to find enough time to remain vigilant about these school uniform breaches. But also, that this school obviously holds haircuts, as well, to standards no less high than they hold uniforms:
    https://i2-prod.chroniclelive.co.uk/incoming/article15385662.ece/ALTERNATES/s810/0_IBP_NEC_071118school_shoes_01JPG.jpg

    And now, soberingly, I notice that the same paper is leading with,
    Murderer Mohammed Rahman locked up for life and woman at centre of rift jailed for cover-up plot


    Mohammed Rahman stabbed Alan Stokoe to death after he turned up in the Durham street of Laura McGee, who they had both been in relationships with
     
    Comprehensive Knife Control Now!
    , @Stan d Mute
    @kaganovitch


    try the French brand Mephisto or the somewhat cheaper (price and build) Danish brand Ecco.
     
    Re Ecco - they are in my opinion, hands down, the most comfortable shoe built. But they will all self-destruct within 5-10 years without being worn. The soft rubber Ecco uses for soles will crumble apart into little balls of tar like plastic. Ecco replaced a couple pair when I complained, but even the replacements crumbled eventually. I have seen it in every Ecco from hiking boot to wingtip dress, to golf shoe.

    I’d recommend Clark’s as an alternative to both Mephisto and Ecco. I have 20yr old Clark’s that look like a new pair and are nearly as comfortable as Eccos.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @The Last Real Calvinist

    , @petit bourgeois
    @kaganovitch

    Allen Edmonds are really worth the expense. I have three pairs but I basically wear the same pair of Allen Edmonds boots every day for over five years now. They are not looking good after so much wear but I cannot seem to part with them as they are the most comfortable pair of boots I've ever owned (even moreso than the pair of steel-toed Red Wings I used to wear which are vintage 1970's oil platform boots).

    Also, I like how I can go to my local brick and mortar Allen Edmonds store where they properly measure your feet and you can drop them off to be sent back to Wisconsin to be reconditioned and re-soled.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

  16. Cry more racists.

    You just got your butts kicked all of 2020

    More statues will be removed

    More names will be changed

    More speech laws will be enacted

    More guns will be confiscated

    How does it feel to lose so badly?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Merv Griffith Gunn

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3foefLxZ0ow

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Merv Griffith Gunn


    How does it feel to lose so badly?
     
    Honestly, not much different than #You'llGetTiredofWinningSoMuch felt after a while.
    , @TTSSYF
    @Merv Griffith Gunn


    More statues will be removed

    More names will be changed

    More speech laws will be enacted

    More guns will be confiscated
     

    Suggested re-write:

    More statues will be toppled, spray-painted, or otherwise destroyed by lawless mobs / idiots. rather than being removed after public comment and vote.

    More names of historically important people will be expunged from schools, streets, public buildings, etc., without debate or agreement, and replaced with such shining examples of good citizenry (see, for example, George Floyd).

    Freedom of speech is already gone in good measure. You can't have freedom of speech in a nation of infantile people. Pretty soon, we'll all be agreeing that "Arbeit macht frei."

    More guns will be confiscated? Well, I take some issue with this one. There are over 300 million guns already in a nation of about 330 million. Not sure "they" (or you) are going to have the success you think you might.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    , @MEH 0910
    @Merv Griffith Gunn

    https://twitter.com/ArchieMcPhee/status/1329816702071160832

  17. If Mickey Mouse were a hood rat he’d wear those shoes.

    • Agree: ben tillman
  18. Were the sagging “Gangsta Pants” fashion trend a major police psyop to make apprehending black criminals easier?

    Those shoes look to support that theory.

  19. @Thomas
    In case the Mexican narco pointy boots weren't ridiculous enough footwear.

    Replies: @Kronos

    If I recall correctly the Bushes were big fans of the Texas/Mexico “shit kicker” cowboy boots.

    But THESE boots take the cake! When your running away from the law you have a 50% of stabbing yourself in the junk.

    • LOL: Voltarde
    • Replies: @Dr. X
    @Kronos

    I can't even begin to imagine those guys driving drunk with those on... somehow I would bet they do, though.

    Replies: @Kronos

    , @black sea
    @Kronos

    That tweet by Jeb Bush explains everything one needs to know about Jeb Bush.

    , @AP
    @Kronos

    Milder versions of those were popular among certain people in Russia in the early 2000s. White ones went with white pants and collared shirt half-opened to show off the gold chain.

  20. Maybe not. The value of looting sneakers comes from shoes that are hyped up in the collector and speculation market. They aren’t looting them to wear anymore, they’re looting them to sell, hence the more organised looting. Something weird and unique like that might actually end up quite valuable despite having maybe limited appeal for general wear and use. It seems insane to me that sneakers have become such a huge collector/speculator affair (Particularly given the low amount of variation among the shoes), but it seems to maybe be the biggest collecting hobby in the world right now and perhaps one of the weirdest speculative bubbles.

    Those shoes are also pure ‘hype beast’ fodder, so they may actually have value from people desiring them for actual wear rather than just collecting.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Altai

    Maybe not. The value of looting sneakers comes from shoes that are hyped up in the collector and speculation market. They aren’t looting them to wear anymore, they’re looting them to sell, hence the more organised looting.

    It's both.

    Black men are very particular about their shoes. It's similar to women with hair and makeup.

    If you go into a ghetto you will see Black men with the whitest looking shoes. You will see them wearing brand new $200 shoes with a $5 tank top. Take a close look at a crowd of Blacks next time you see them in the mall. None of them will have white shoes that look dirty or used. So there is always a market for shoes in Black areas. A White guy will buy a pair of shoes as a tool and would look at you as a madman if you offered to show him some shoes in your car. But in Black areas this is completely normal.

    Then there is the shoe collecting subculture. This is mostly a Black/Hispanic subculture but there are also Whites involved. It's way beyond what anyone would imagine. They will sit and talk about shoes as if they are baseball cards. The shoe companies know about this phenomenon and intentionally released overpriced limited edition shoes.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute

  21. I was reading up about Biden’s “hispanic” Jew to run DHS, Alejandro Mayorkas.

    My conclusion? He’s not too bad for a Democrat. His father had a steel wool factory in Havana seized by Castro.

    About 80% of his adult career has been as a high level criminal prosecutor, much of it in L.A.* such as telemarketing fraud. His time in the “private sector” is as a corporate lawyer. Given the power of DHS, having it in the hands of a bland corporate centrist and not a woke middle America hater is good news.

    *Yet another example of my observation of how a large percentage of distinguished hispanics in California are Cubans rather than Mexicans, despite the latter being about 50 times more common on the ground.

    **Hilariously, Obama founded an even whiter hispanic than the ruddy blue eyed Mayorkas to replace him, one Leon Rodriguez.

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    @Lot


    My conclusion? He’s not too bad for a Democrat. His father had a steel wool factory in Havana seized by Castro.
     
    Mayorkas played a role in getting a convicted drug trafficker's sentence commuted by Bill Clinton, because the trafficker's father was a contributor to Democratic politicians. Mayorkas was US District Attorney in Los Angeles at the time.

    Two Biden Cabinet picks played role in Clinton-era commutation that drew complaints of political favoritism


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-cabinet-clemency/2020/12/08/7abe4a0c-38b4-11eb-bc68-96af0daae728_story.html

     

  22. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    I’d rather not

  23. I am surprised that nowhere in the article did they mention Hoka One Ones — I thought they were the ones who initiated the overstuffed sneaker trend.

    For the uninformed, Hoka is a running shoe brand with an almost comical amount of foam padding. When they first came out several years ago, the design went heavily against the grain — this was in the middle of the “minimalist running shoe” craze. But Hokas proved to be such a huge hit with overweight Americans that lots of other companies have since jumped onboard with their own versions.

    These shoe designs are pretty clearly exaggerated versions of the Hoka design.

    • Replies: @BS
    @Mr. Blank

    Not only overweight Americans, any runner who's half-serious about ergonomics (ie being able to continue running into retirement) will get a pair of well-padded running shoes, and eat a diet full of natural gelatine if they're running on asphalt or other paved surfaces.

  24. @Wilbur Hassenfus
    You never know. The Mostly-Peaceful-American Community has fickle tastes.

    Replies: @Almost Missouri, @International Jew

    I saw a (black) guy wearing a pair of those at the airport the other day. I forgot to ask him where he looted them.

  25. You know what they say about men with big hands and big feet?

  26. The Stay Puffed Dindu Nuffin.

  27. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    You can get good arch support in almost any shoe for about $12 — Dr Scholl’s inserts work well. A shoe that I like for walking (my wife and I walk an average of 3.5 miles each day, mostly on rough terrain) is made by Camel Crown. Their shoes are not expensive and very durable.

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @Ron Mexico
    @Cato

    "Dr. Scholl's inserts..."
    Dr. Scholl is a doctor, which means he spent nine years in med school. That man wasted his time. It took him nine years to learn that cushions make shoes comfortable. I would have bought that shit from a Mr. Scholl. Maybe even a Senor Scholl.
    Mitch, RIP

    Replies: @Cato

  28. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    Just go to Discount Shoe Warehouse and try on a bunch of pairs of whatever takes your fancy till you find one that trips your trigger. If you later decide it wasn’t the right pair after all, well you didn’t spend a fortune.

    • Agree: AnotherDad
    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Almost Missouri


    Just go to Discount Shoe Warehouse and try on a bunch of pairs of whatever takes your fancy till you find one that trips your trigger. If you later decide it wasn’t the right pair after all, well you didn’t spend a fortune.

     

    Very practical advice. There seems to be a DSW within 7 miles of my place, so I'll check it out and see if there's anything interesting there. Thanks for saving me money.

    Replies: @res

    , @AnotherDad
    @Almost Missouri


    Just go to Discount Shoe Warehouse and try on a bunch of pairs of whatever takes your fancy till you find one that trips your trigger. If you later decide it wasn’t the right pair after all, well you didn’t spend a fortune.
     
    Excellent advice AM.

    So and so swears by XYZ. Great it works for them. Whatever. Their feet aren't your feet.

    I've bought a ton of shoes from the cutout rack at Big5. Try on this, try on that. I've had a few cheap misfires i sent off to Goodwill pretty quickly. But i've had other dollarwise cheap shoes that felt really good to walk in and kept going and going on going.

    And as "res" noted, if you find something discounted that seems to work really well for you, go back and buy up a few years supply. Otherwise they'll be gone by the time you've worn the first pair out and want another. This stuff is changing all the time.
    , @AnotherGuessModel
    @Almost Missouri

    Tips for buying shoes: Go shoe shopping in the afternoon when your feet are at their most swollen, wear the kind of socks that you plan to wear the shoes with, and walk around in them in a part of the store without carpeting. Carpets can mask uncomfortable as well as excessively stompy or squeaky shoes. If the shoes are even just a bit uncomfortable or tight when you try them on, don't purchase them, as they will be more uncomfortable in the long run. Salespeople will tell you that stiff leather shoes will stretch and soften, but unless you're looking for tough shoes to withstand horseback-riding or something like that, there is no need to go through the pain and blisters during the breaking-in period. Finally, as you're a man, keep in mind that flat shoes can be just as taxing on the feet and back as high heels. So if you're interested in a shoe style that is completely flat (Converse All-Stars are a popular example), go up a half or full size and add a foot insert for arch support. By the same logic, size up on any winter shoes if where you live gets very cold so that you can add wool or fleece inserts.

    *Sorry, meant to reply to @JohnnyWalker123.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

  29. As a security measure, the sneaker industry has booby trapsped all expensive sneakers by making them self-destruct after a few months, by means of the glue that holds the soles to the uppers disintegrating, so the sole falls off the shoe, and the wearer falls flat on his face.

    The person who obtained the shoes by looting has no recourse, and the person who bought the shoe legitimately is so embarrassed to have been conneed into paying over $100 for something actually only less than 10 dollars, that he or she rarely complains.

  30. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don’t care if it’s a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    As someone afflicted with very flat, narrow, pronating feet and also requiring my shoes to be black–excuse me, Black— in color, and preferably made of genuine leather, I can tell you the shoes I have found to cause me the least amount of the discomfort, pain and severe muscle cramps that I am prone to suffer. Feel free to disregard, though, should you consider me less than a gentleman.

    [MORE]

    Around five years ago, I had discovered the Addiction Walker offered by BROOKS and it has, to-date, remained the best for me of all the shoes I have tried over the years. Unfortunately, they discontinued this model around two-three years ago, and I found its replacement, the Addiction Walker 2
    , to invariably cause me to awake with suffer severe, excruciating muscle cramps in my legs and feet the night after I had been wearing them. But this was most likely due to a peculiarity of my own anatomy, so let not my bad experience deter you or anyone else from trying that or any of the other models offered by BROOKS.

    My previous shoe for many years had been the Time Out, a model offered by SAS. (SAS, stands for San Antonio Shoemakers and the shoes are still at least partially manufactured in their Texas factory, which they offer tours of.)

    Note that I have found both the SAS as well as the BROOKS to be less breathable than ideal. This is no doubt because both models, while made of leather uppers, are lined with synthetic material.

    Prior to discovering SAS, I wore, in addition to various sneaker models (mostly Reebok and Reebok imitations), mostly different models from Rockport. Initially, the dressier ones, then later the softer, sportier Rocksport walking model.

    As one would expect, my options became increasingly limited as I got older and my feet and legs became less limber and forgiving. It is difficult to imagine now, but I actually got away with wearing penny loafers into my early teens. Heck, before that, I even had a pair or two of cowboy boots but even then, wearing them came at a price.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Dissident

    Yeah, after 10 years of satisfaction wearing the Brooks Addiction Walker, I just bought a pair of Brooks Addiction Walker 2 ... and they aren't as good.

    Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose, @Paul Mendez, @Dissident

    , @Barnard
    @Dissident

    I had the same problem with later model Brooks shoes. With the running shoes I had the additional problem of my big toe poking through the top mesh in six months or less. I would really like to find a good alternative to them.

    , @JohnnyWalker123
    @Dissident

    Thank you.

  31. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    Try Red Wing boots or shoes. Best I’ve ever had.

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Mike_from_SGV


    @JohnnyWalker123
    Try Red Wing boots or shoes. Best I’ve ever had.
     
    Johnny will appreciate that they're made in the US, by union members.

    Replies: @JMcG

  32. Kaneda!

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Anonymous

    I -- I feel the desperation of the shoe designer -- entering me! I feel its pain! AAAAAAAAAAAA!

  33. @Dissident
    @JohnnyWalker123


    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don’t care if it’s a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.
     
    As someone afflicted with very flat, narrow, pronating feet and also requiring my shoes to be black--excuse me, Black-- in color, and preferably made of genuine leather, I can tell you the shoes I have found to cause me the least amount of the discomfort, pain and severe muscle cramps that I am prone to suffer. Feel free to disregard, though, should you consider me less than a gentleman.

    Around five years ago, I had discovered the Addiction Walker offered by BROOKS and it has, to-date, remained the best for me of all the shoes I have tried over the years. Unfortunately, they discontinued this model around two-three years ago, and I found its replacement, the Addiction Walker 2
    https://www.brooksrunning.com/dw/image/v2/aaev_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-BrooksCatalog/default/dw4ad8ebeb/images/ProductImages/110318/110318_072_l_WR.jpg

    , to invariably cause me to awake with suffer severe, excruciating muscle cramps in my legs and feet the night after I had been wearing them. But this was most likely due to a peculiarity of my own anatomy, so let not my bad experience deter you or anyone else from trying that or any of the other models offered by BROOKS.

    My previous shoe for many years had been the Time Out, a model offered by SAS.
    https://www.sasshoes.com/dw/image/v2/BCFQ_PRD/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-sas-catalog-master/default/dw8985df47/product/s/a/sas-mens-time-out-black-0092-013-1_1.jpg
    (SAS, stands for San Antonio Shoemakers and the shoes are still at least partially manufactured in their Texas factory, which they offer tours of.)

    Note that I have found both the SAS as well as the BROOKS to be less breathable than ideal. This is no doubt because both models, while made of leather uppers, are lined with synthetic material.

    Prior to discovering SAS, I wore, in addition to various sneaker models (mostly Reebok and Reebok imitations), mostly different models from Rockport. Initially, the dressier ones, then later the softer, sportier Rocksport walking model.

    As one would expect, my options became increasingly limited as I got older and my feet and legs became less limber and forgiving. It is difficult to imagine now, but I actually got away with wearing penny loafers into my early teens. Heck, before that, I even had a pair or two of cowboy boots but even then, wearing them came at a price.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Barnard, @JohnnyWalker123

    Yeah, after 10 years of satisfaction wearing the Brooks Addiction Walker, I just bought a pair of Brooks Addiction Walker 2 … and they aren’t as good.

    • Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @Steve Sailer

    In lieu of quarterly contributions, Steve is also accepting brown, new or lightly used addiction walker series 1 in size 13 1/2.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    , @Paul Mendez
    @Steve Sailer

    A strategy I learned from my brother-in-law is, if you find a shoe you like, buy multiple pairs. Unlike waists, feet sizes don’t change over time. As long as you don’t buy something too trendy or too cheap, you can go decades without having to shop for shoes.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist

    , @Dissident
    @Steve Sailer


    Yeah, after 10 years of satisfaction wearing the Brooks Addiction Walker, I just bought a pair of Brooks Addiction Walker 2 … and they aren’t as good.
     
    Barnard wrote,

    I had the same problem with later model Brooks shoes. With the running shoes I had the additional problem of my big toe poking through the top mesh in six months or less. I would really like to find a good alternative to them.
     
    Wow, so it's not just me then. Thanks to both of you.

    By the way,


    The sneaker industry has finally found a way to keep Mostly Peaceful Protesters from looting shoe stores so much:
     
    Shouldn't that have been undocumented shopping? Looting has racist, classist and White Supremacist connotations.
  34. @Merv Griffith Gunn
    Cry more racists.

    You just got your butts kicked all of 2020

    More statues will be removed

    More names will be changed

    More speech laws will be enacted

    More guns will be confiscated

    How does it feel to lose so badly?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Achmed E. Newman, @TTSSYF, @MEH 0910

    • LOL: Kronos
  35. @Mike_from_SGV
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Try Red Wing boots or shoes. Best I've ever had.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar


    Try Red Wing boots or shoes. Best I’ve ever had.

    Johnny will appreciate that they’re made in the US, by union members.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Reg Cæsar

    Most Red Wings are NOT made in USA any longer.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  36. From the same school of fashion design that prompted blacks to wear their pants pulled down below their butts. I swear, some cop must be designing fashion for blacks.

    • Agree: Kronos
    • Replies: @additionalMike
    @Anon

    The school of fashion design, at least the East Coast version, is known as Riker's Island jail.

  37. Those are for the 93% mentally challenged:

    (For background, Kramer has just been to the dentist and given novocaine.)

  38. @Kronos
    @Thomas

    If I recall correctly the Bushes were big fans of the Texas/Mexico “shit kicker” cowboy boots.

    https://media2.fdncms.com/pittsburgh/imager/u/original/1865204/jeb_boots.png

    http://kpbs.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/croppedphotos/2011/05/16/Mexicans-pointy-boots_t614.jpg?a3ca5463f16dc11451266bb717d38a6025dcea0e

    But THESE boots take the cake! When your running away from the law you have a 50% of stabbing yourself in the junk.

    Replies: @Dr. X, @black sea, @AP

    I can’t even begin to imagine those guys driving drunk with those on… somehow I would bet they do, though.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    @Dr. X

    Imagine riding a horse with those on.

  39. @Merv Griffith Gunn
    Cry more racists.

    You just got your butts kicked all of 2020

    More statues will be removed

    More names will be changed

    More speech laws will be enacted

    More guns will be confiscated

    How does it feel to lose so badly?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Achmed E. Newman, @TTSSYF, @MEH 0910

    How does it feel to lose so badly?

    Honestly, not much different than #You’llGetTiredofWinningSoMuch felt after a while.

  40. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    You’ll notice that there are tons of recommendations, all different. There is a reason for this. The most comfortable shoe is one that fits your foot.

    Every shoe is made on a last, which is sort of a foot shaped form around which the upper of the shoe is stretched. In the old days (and still today if you have the $) the last would be made as a copy of the exact measurements and shape of your foot. Nowadays, manufacturers have a last for every size and width but the shape of the last is a sort of ideal or average approximation of the shape of the human foot, which may or may not resemble the shape of your foot even if the length and width are correct. Every manufacturer has his own lasts (and sometime more than 1 shape of last). When you feel that a shoe is comfortable, what that really means is that the shape of that manufacturer’s last just happens to approximate the shape of your foot. So person X might love Brand A shoes, whose lasts happen to match the shape of his feet well, but you might hate them because they don’t match yours.

    I have no recommendation for shoes, but I one for socks. Get yourself a bunch of merino wool socks. Costco sells them as “trail socks”. Wear them summer and winter. They will keep your feet dry and warm in winter and cool in summer. They will make any shoe more comfortable. The only problem with them is that they will spoil you. Once you wear them you won’t want to wear any other kind of socks.

    • Thanks: J.Ross
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Jack D

    I took your advice and am wearing my Costco trail socks now.

    , @JohnnyWalker123
    @Jack D

    I just bought them off Amazon. Thanks.

  41. @James O'Meara
    I guess the /sarc arises from the idea that this is a bad design. I don't pretend to understand the Black mind; perhaps they will like how they look beneath a pair of half-mast jeans, or after a few purple dranks.

    They remind me of the costumes in Larry Buchanan's ultra-cheap "Attack of the The Eye Creatures" (sic, look at the opening credits).

    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/e7/c5/bd/e7c5bda6883ae40742fef9459a3ee8cc.jpg

    Amusingly, they couldn't afford full costumes for everyone, so some Eye Creatures are only wearing the top half, the rest being dark slacks and... sneakers.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Which film will live forever for its fearless depiction of USAF officers.

    • Replies: @James O'Meara
    @J.Ross

    Stunningly prescient and ripped from the headlines. The two main ones spend all their time monitoring civilians on some kind of high tech, um, monitoring device and perving away.

    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--livUfsFC--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/18fci9esmhhjqjpg.jpg

  42. @Anonymous
    Kaneda!

    Replies: @J.Ross

    I — I feel the desperation of the shoe designer — entering me! I feel its pain! AAAAAAAAAAAA!

  43. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    I have foot problems and need shoes that provide good cushioning and stability. I went to a specialized shoe store where they take careful measurements of your feet and tell you exactly what you need. For me, it was Brooks Beast running shoes. They’re expensive, but once I knew my exact size I keep an open search for them on ebay and snap up any bargains. You shouldn’t expect to wear a pair of sneakers more than six months. At that point the cushioning effect is not nearly as good and you really notice the difference when you put on a new pair.

    • Agree: Cortes
    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Harry Baldwin


    Brooks Beast running shoes
     
    Brooks Beast. Thanks, I'll look into it.

    You shouldn’t expect to wear a pair of sneakers more than six months. At that point the cushioning effect is not nearly as good and you really notice the difference when you put on a new pair.
     
    Yeah. The older I get, the more I realize that sneakers wear out really quickly. New shoes just feel so much better. I guess maybe keep a main sneaker for wearing for your daily errands (and workouts). Every 6-8 months, "demote" the shoe to being the occasional pair you wear to mow the lawn or do chores.

    I also realize the if you don't wear a pair of sneaker for a while, the cushioning effect is slightly better than if you wear the shoe every day.

    Replies: @res

  44. @kaganovitch
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I personally lean towards good old USA made Allen Edmonds or Alden. If you are looking for rubber soled type comfort shoes though,try the French brand Mephisto or the somewhat cheaper (price and build) Danish brand Ecco.

    Replies: @Dissident, @Stan d Mute, @petit bourgeois

    I personally lean towards good old USA made Allen Edmonds or Alden.

    Are you one of the Men of UNZ

    Seriously, though, are you sure they are still actually made in the USA? (And by “USA”, I don’t mean the Northern Mariana Islands…)

    I included the qualifiers that I did about SAS because I had noticed, several years ago already, that their Made in the USA claim was qualified somewhat.

    If you are looking for rubber soled type comfort shoes though, try the French brand Mephisto or the somewhat cheaper (price and build) Danish brand Ecco.

    Around fifteen years ago, at the suggestion of the salesmen at the store I had been going to for my SAS, I purchased a pair of Mephistos. Over twice the price of the SAS, the Mephisto product was not markedly more stylish but also seemed (both visually and to the touch) of conspicuously higher quality. I was quite happy with them at first

    [MORE]
    but then, at around the same time that I noticed them begin to lose their shape due to wear, I began getting cramps after wearing them. And this was, as best as I can recall, after what seemed like considerably less wear than I would begin to experience the same deterioration from my usual SAS shoes. But again, I have unusually problematic feet and wear down any shoes faster than normal, so my experience should not be assumed to be any indictment of the quality of Mephisto, per se.

    Come to think of it, at the time I purchased the shoes, I also purchased a pair of Mephisto brand socks (priced proportionately to the shoes). After not wearing them for years, I recently did so, and found them remarkably comfortable as well as, surprisingly given the all-synthetic fabric content, breathable.
    ~ ~
    Handsome-looking shoes, these Eccos.

    Incidentally, from the UK’s Chronicle Live, back in 2017:
    School shoes row: Furious family takes drastic action after schoolboy is kept in isolation over footwear

    School staff argue they’re trying to do the best for their students by creating a “culture of high standards”.

    But parents have been left outraged as they claim children who break the rules are being separated from their classmates and set work to do quietly in the school hall for the whole day.

    Paul Gibson, 14, was punished for shoes his family said they’d bought after reading the uniform guide and checking them against the examples on offer.

    And his family claims Paul has been wearing the footwear without any issue since the start of the year.

    Paul said: “I’m really annoyed – I feel I was wearing the correct shoes and I’m getting pulled up because they say they have some stitching on that they say breaks the code.

    “They’re just normal black shoes. We’re being taken out of class and put in the hall, we’re not getting the same lunch or break as our friends – it’s affecting our education.” It’s unfair to be honest.”

    Paul’s sister Toni, 22, said: “The school said he would be in isolation until he got new shoes – but it’s not his fault if my mam can’t instantly buy new shoes.

    “When she said she physically couldn’t afford new shoes they said they would help, but he’d be in isolation until we got some.
    ….
    He said: “First they were getting picked up on shoes, now it’s trousers. Their education is at stake.

    First, they came for the shoes…

    “They are just being put into a hall and told to do their work – but they’re only doing English, maths and science, what about his other subjects?

    Head teacher Kerry Lord said: “We have clearly set out our uniform expectations to parents/carers and students via several letters home (including visual examples), telephone calls, assemblies in school and through our school website.

    “After careful consideration, we advised students and parents/carers that we would take action after the half-term break to ensure our high standards were met.

    At first, I found myself siding with the quoted students and parents. But now, after reading the actual statements from the school, I’m not so sure. At any rate, we can at least take heart, and not only that with all they’re doing to fight the real threats of racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny over in the UK, they still somehow manage to find enough time to remain vigilant about these school uniform breaches. But also, that this school obviously holds haircuts, as well, to standards no less high than they hold uniforms:

    And now, soberingly, I notice that the same paper is leading with,
    Murderer Mohammed Rahman locked up for life and woman at centre of rift jailed for cover-up plot

    Mohammed Rahman stabbed Alan Stokoe to death after he turned up in the Durham street of Laura McGee, who they had both been in relationships with

    Comprehensive Knife Control Now!

  45. @Kronos
    @Thomas

    If I recall correctly the Bushes were big fans of the Texas/Mexico “shit kicker” cowboy boots.

    https://media2.fdncms.com/pittsburgh/imager/u/original/1865204/jeb_boots.png

    http://kpbs.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/croppedphotos/2011/05/16/Mexicans-pointy-boots_t614.jpg?a3ca5463f16dc11451266bb717d38a6025dcea0e

    But THESE boots take the cake! When your running away from the law you have a 50% of stabbing yourself in the junk.

    Replies: @Dr. X, @black sea, @AP

    That tweet by Jeb Bush explains everything one needs to know about Jeb Bush.

  46. @Lot
    I was reading up about Biden’s “hispanic” Jew to run DHS, Alejandro Mayorkas.

    https://buildbackbetter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Webshot-Profile-Photos_BTT_1200x800-Alejandro-Mayorkas-1.png?w=640

    My conclusion? He’s not too bad for a Democrat. His father had a steel wool factory in Havana seized by Castro.

    About 80% of his adult career has been as a high level criminal prosecutor, much of it in L.A.* such as telemarketing fraud. His time in the “private sector” is as a corporate lawyer. Given the power of DHS, having it in the hands of a bland corporate centrist and not a woke middle America hater is good news.

    *Yet another example of my observation of how a large percentage of distinguished hispanics in California are Cubans rather than Mexicans, despite the latter being about 50 times more common on the ground.

    **Hilariously, Obama founded an even whiter hispanic than the ruddy blue eyed Mayorkas to replace him, one Leon Rodriguez.

    https://haitiliberte.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/LeonRodriguez.jpg

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-njhC6jNIMHk/UrTWQ64QY7I/AAAAAAAAR6Y/xdr89NkYA40/s1600/Alejandro%2BMayorkas%2Band%2BLeon%2BRodriguez-742302.jpg

    Replies: @PiltdownMan

    My conclusion? He’s not too bad for a Democrat. His father had a steel wool factory in Havana seized by Castro.

    Mayorkas played a role in getting a convicted drug trafficker’s sentence commuted by Bill Clinton, because the trafficker’s father was a contributor to Democratic politicians. Mayorkas was US District Attorney in Los Angeles at the time.

    Two Biden Cabinet picks played role in Clinton-era commutation that drew complaints of political favoritism

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-cabinet-clemency/2020/12/08/7abe4a0c-38b4-11eb-bc68-96af0daae728_story.html

  47. @Wilbur Hassenfus
    You never know. The Mostly-Peaceful-American Community has fickle tastes.

    Replies: @Almost Missouri, @International Jew

    Not just that but I will bet that these shoes were designed to appeal to black teenagers.

    The solution to looting is straightforward and has been known for a long time. And it’s not to make merchandise unappealing.

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    @International Jew

    Let me take a shot in the dark...




    ...shoot to kill?

  48. @Dr. X
    @Kronos

    I can't even begin to imagine those guys driving drunk with those on... somehow I would bet they do, though.

    Replies: @Kronos

    Imagine riding a horse with those on.

  49. @Steve Sailer
    @Dissident

    Yeah, after 10 years of satisfaction wearing the Brooks Addiction Walker, I just bought a pair of Brooks Addiction Walker 2 ... and they aren't as good.

    Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose, @Paul Mendez, @Dissident

    In lieu of quarterly contributions, Steve is also accepting brown, new or lightly used addiction walker series 1 in size 13 1/2.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    11 1/2

  50. @R.G. Camara
    I learned once that all the "weird" fashion that appears in fashion shows and shoots is just stunts designed to draw eyeballs so that the designer can showcase their real collection as you look for more things by them to "shock" you.

    That said, I really could see some hipster doofuses and low-IQ black young teens rocking these in an attempt to be different and cool. It is 2020, after all.

    Replies: @Kronos, @gent, @SaneClownPosse

    That said, I really could see some hipster doofuses and low-IQ black young teens rocking these in an attempt to be different and cool. It is 2020, after all.

    I hope they never walk into a old pimp with some goldfish high-heels.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @Kronos

    Antonio Fargas' son Justin went to Steve's Alma Mater Notre Dame HS and went on to play a few seasons for the Oakland Raiders. I saw Justin play is senior year of HS; he was a man among boys.

  51. but then, at around the same time that I noticed them begin to lose their shape due to wear, I began getting cramps after wearing them. And this was, as best as I can recall, after what seemed like considerably less wear than I would begin to experience the same deterioration from my usual SAS shoes.

    I think Mephisto uses actual rubber rather than synthetics in their soles which doesn’t last as long but is more comfortable. I think they have a recrafting service to restore shoes to new condition. As regards made in USA, A.E. shoes are all made in Wisconsin, USA, perhaps some of their sneakers are made elsewhere. Alden shoes are all made in the USA (Mass.). Both brands are kind of pricey though, A.E. $300-400, Alden $500-800. Per Jack D.’s comment above, both of them publish extensive last information, which allows you to find shoes that are likely to be a good fit for your particular foot, as well as other models that are likely to be comfortable if you find a last that fits well.

    • Thanks: Dissident
  52. Anon[251] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: Have you people looked at that ‘Red House’ in Portland nonsense? It turns out the owners own another house. They’d been refusing to pay the mortgage they owed supposedly due to a ‘bank error.’ They have a son who killed a homeless activist, too. They’ve raised 300K from dimwits giving to their GoFundMe. As someone said on another board, that money would have been better spent going to the real homeless. The owners are nothing but scam artists.

    The irony is incredible.

    Antifa, I swear, have this gene that makes them circle around and defend the exploitive like a herd of mindless robots.

  53. OT: Press release from the Mogadishopolis [Cop] Persecutor’s Orifice …

    No charges in [Looter] shooting due to lack of evidence

    No charges will be filed against a pawn shop owner in the May fatal shooting of Calvin Horton Jr. because looters destroyed all the video, only one witness cooperated, numerous other witnesses refused to come forward, and a second identified witness to the shooting refused to be interviewed, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

    [MORE]

    After an exhaustive six-month investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department, with guidance from county prosecutors, there was insufficient evidence to overcome a self-defense argument in court by the shooter, John Rieple.

    Around dusk on May 27, Minneapolis Police officers responded to an incident at 1538 E. Lake Street and found the 43-year-old Horton, a Minneapolis resident, lying on the sidewalk outside of Cadillac Pawn & Jewelry. Horton had been shot and officers began administering first aid. However, the officers were physically and verbally assaulted, so they had to move Horton into a nearby business while they tried to keep him alive. When an ambulance arrived, the scene was so chaotic that they could not reach Horton and police had to deliver the victim to the ambulance.

    Horton died at 9:39 p.m. in the emergency room of Hennepin Healthcare.

    Back at the scene, a large group of people continued to attack and threatened to kill the officers, so they arrested Rieple but determined it was unsafe to stay and process the crime scene. As a result, the firearm was not recovered that night and later attempts to find it were unsuccessful.

    Due to the widespread violence in the area, police crime lab personnel and detectives were unable to return to the crime scene until the following morning. By then, the pawn shop had been ransacked and looted. Everything in the shop was gone, including the security cameras and the DVR which would have recorded the fatal shooting and the moments just before and after. None of that equipment was ever found.

    The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s autopsy determined that Horton was killed by a shotgun blast with four pellets entering his left side and three towards the back of his left side. That indicates Horton was turned sideways when the gun was fired, but without the video or other witnesses, it is impossible to determine how far apart the two men were and when Horton turned sideways.

    Police were able to find and interview one witness that night. According to the witness, a large group of people, including Horton, had broken into the store and at least one of them, although not Horton, was carrying a handgun. Further, the witness said Horton had moved toward Rieple and was within seven feet when the shot was fired.

    When the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office deferred the case on June 2, prosecutors asked police to canvass the neighborhood for additional witnesses to the shooting and any other surveillance cameras which might have captured the shooting. No other cameras were found. Some people had posted video and they were tracked down and interviewed. Their video showed Horton and the pawn shop after the shooting and the witnesses could only testify to the chaos at the time, but not the actual shooting.

    However, a review of police officers’ body-worn cameras did turn up two other witnesses. One was a close friend of Horton’s and the woman who was with her that night. However, Horton’s friend hired a lawyer and he informed the county attorney’s office that she would not talk to police, nor would she identify the woman who was with her.

    Likewise, Rieple invoked his constitutional rights and declined to speak with investigators. Later in the summer, The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office put out a plea for any witnesses to come forward. Although numerous witnesses were present and witnessed the shooting, none of them came forward and cooperated with the investigation, even after that public plea.

    Under Minnesota law, if a defendant claims he acted in self-defense to prevent great bodily harm or death of himself or another, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self-defense and his actions were unreasonable.

    Based upon the facts and available evidence, the state could not prove it was not self-defense and prosecutors are ethically prohibited from filing charges against someone knowing it would not be possible to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.

    If additional evidence becomes available, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office could reconsider the decision not to bring a charge.

  54. @International Jew
    @Wilbur Hassenfus

    Not just that but I will bet that these shoes were designed to appeal to black teenagers.

    The solution to looting is straightforward and has been known for a long time. And it's not to make merchandise unappealing.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy

    Let me take a shot in the dark…

    [MORE]

    …shoot to kill?

  55. @Kronos
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I love my Lowa Boots! They’re as expensive as they are comfy. But man they are worth it.


    https://www.amazon.com/LOWA-Boots/s?k=LOWA+Boots

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Old Prude

    Wow. $250 is a lot for a shoe. Thanks for the recommendation though. I’ll look through the catalog and see if there’s anything that looks interesting.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Yeah, but your getting the equivalent of Lexus prices for Lexus technology. I wear mine every other day and they hold up great!

  56. @Almost Missouri
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Just go to Discount Shoe Warehouse and try on a bunch of pairs of whatever takes your fancy till you find one that trips your trigger. If you later decide it wasn't the right pair after all, well you didn't spend a fortune.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @AnotherDad, @AnotherGuessModel

    Just go to Discount Shoe Warehouse and try on a bunch of pairs of whatever takes your fancy till you find one that trips your trigger. If you later decide it wasn’t the right pair after all, well you didn’t spend a fortune.

    Very practical advice. There seems to be a DSW within 7 miles of my place, so I’ll check it out and see if there’s anything interesting there. Thanks for saving me money.

    • Replies: @res
    @JohnnyWalker123

    One additional point is if you find something you like go back and buy more before they are changed.

    Replies: @JackOH, @JohnnyWalker123

  57. @Harry Baldwin
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I have foot problems and need shoes that provide good cushioning and stability. I went to a specialized shoe store where they take careful measurements of your feet and tell you exactly what you need. For me, it was Brooks Beast running shoes. They're expensive, but once I knew my exact size I keep an open search for them on ebay and snap up any bargains. You shouldn't expect to wear a pair of sneakers more than six months. At that point the cushioning effect is not nearly as good and you really notice the difference when you put on a new pair.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    Brooks Beast running shoes

    Brooks Beast. Thanks, I’ll look into it.

    You shouldn’t expect to wear a pair of sneakers more than six months. At that point the cushioning effect is not nearly as good and you really notice the difference when you put on a new pair.

    Yeah. The older I get, the more I realize that sneakers wear out really quickly. New shoes just feel so much better. I guess maybe keep a main sneaker for wearing for your daily errands (and workouts). Every 6-8 months, “demote” the shoe to being the occasional pair you wear to mow the lawn or do chores.

    I also realize the if you don’t wear a pair of sneaker for a while, the cushioning effect is slightly better than if you wear the shoe every day.

    • Replies: @res
    @JohnnyWalker123


    Every 6-8 months, “demote” the shoe to being the occasional pair you wear to mow the lawn or do chores.
     
    This is what I try to do. Using the old pair for any activity likely to be damaging (e.g. walking in the rain/mud) helps as well.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

  58. @JohnnyWalker123
    @Kronos

    Wow. $250 is a lot for a shoe. Thanks for the recommendation though. I'll look through the catalog and see if there's anything that looks interesting.

    Replies: @Kronos

    Yeah, but your getting the equivalent of Lexus prices for Lexus technology. I wear mine every other day and they hold up great!

  59. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @Steve Sailer

    In lieu of quarterly contributions, Steve is also accepting brown, new or lightly used addiction walker series 1 in size 13 1/2.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    11 1/2

  60. @Jack D
    @JohnnyWalker123

    You'll notice that there are tons of recommendations, all different. There is a reason for this. The most comfortable shoe is one that fits your foot.

    Every shoe is made on a last, which is sort of a foot shaped form around which the upper of the shoe is stretched. In the old days (and still today if you have the $) the last would be made as a copy of the exact measurements and shape of your foot. Nowadays, manufacturers have a last for every size and width but the shape of the last is a sort of ideal or average approximation of the shape of the human foot, which may or may not resemble the shape of your foot even if the length and width are correct. Every manufacturer has his own lasts (and sometime more than 1 shape of last). When you feel that a shoe is comfortable, what that really means is that the shape of that manufacturer's last just happens to approximate the shape of your foot. So person X might love Brand A shoes, whose lasts happen to match the shape of his feet well, but you might hate them because they don't match yours.

    I have no recommendation for shoes, but I one for socks. Get yourself a bunch of merino wool socks. Costco sells them as "trail socks". Wear them summer and winter. They will keep your feet dry and warm in winter and cool in summer. They will make any shoe more comfortable. The only problem with them is that they will spoil you. Once you wear them you won't want to wear any other kind of socks.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @JohnnyWalker123

    I took your advice and am wearing my Costco trail socks now.

  61. Luckily, one can watch historical documentaries to escape this madness …

    oh wait !

  62. You’ll know it is bad design if you start to see Mall-Walkers wearing them … assuming any malls remain and people are allowed to walk them.

  63. @Thoughts
    Liberals on my facebook page got Covid (or took the test enough times to get a false positive)

    They grudgingly admit that after months of isolation (really, they worked from home, didn't eat out...completely isolated) that there was nothing more they could have done Not To Get It.

    They wore masks...INDOORS guys.

    It's also...The Sniffles

    Covid. Is. The. Sniffles.

    In the meantime, me and my spouse have travelled all across Europe during the non-lockdown times (and I'm trying to figure out where I can go during lockdown...Dubai?..because no one puts Thoughts in one place for long!) and have had strep throat and that mystery stomach acid vomiting disease I got (not Covid)

    Unless you are in one of the Genetically At Risk Groups and/or Obese

    Covid iS NOTHING

    And masks and crazy isolation won't stop you from getting it (Or a false positive)

    I think the liberals, much like my other acquaintance who is a known and obnoxious hypochondriac, just took the test enough times for a False Positive

    Steve hit on the Wisest Thing...Getting Everyone to Be Healthier would go a long way to Saving Lives. Losing the extra weight is key

    Get the vaccine to the at risk groups, and leave everyone else alone

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Wade Hampton

    The whole thing is over in three months.
    When The Pretender is Inaugurated the first step is a brutal lock-down/mask-asphyxiation campaign, closely followed by the Not-a-Vaccine but that’s what gene altering is called nowadays rollout at large.
    The genius lies in the number of RT-PCR test cycles being reduced from the current 40-45 down to about 20.This, of course will greatly reduce the number of false positives and takes us through to the Spring when the magic of vitamin C generated by sunshine (except for the poor POC’s- even the Sun is raycist- where do you think the word comes from?) wipes out the remnant.
    Pee-Pad Joe’s a hero (Unless by Spring the Knee-pad Ho’s in power). The middle class is gone, half the country on the breadline and gasping for a UBI and now it’s proven that sometimes brutal dictatorship is the only way.

    • Agree: Thoughts
    • LOL: Jonathan Mason
    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
    @Bill Jones


    Not-a-Vaccine but that’s what gene altering is called nowadays rollout at large.
     
    Ignorance or a lie. Without some reverse transcriptase snuck into mRNA vaccines, they have no way of of reversing the fundamental paradigm of molecular genetics, DNA -> short lived mRNA -> proteins. And since they more exactly simulate a COVID-19 infection than the adenovirus vector vaccines (the AZ/Oxford clown show, Sputnik V, which anticipated the former's technical problem, and Janssen), and otherwise work like live virus vaccines we've been taking since the very word vaccine was derived from Latin for "smallpox of the cow," how are they "Not-a-Vaccine?"

    What else do you think you know about the pandemic that turns out to false to anyone who knows and remembers basic biology and medicine?

    All that said, obviously the Left/Democrats are not letting a crisis go to waste.

    Replies: @Charon

  64. I kinda like the platform sneakers on young women. It jacks their height two or so inches. They go well with legs full of horrible tattoos.

  65. @Merv Griffith Gunn
    Cry more racists.

    You just got your butts kicked all of 2020

    More statues will be removed

    More names will be changed

    More speech laws will be enacted

    More guns will be confiscated

    How does it feel to lose so badly?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Achmed E. Newman, @TTSSYF, @MEH 0910

    More statues will be removed

    More names will be changed

    More speech laws will be enacted

    More guns will be confiscated

    Suggested re-write:

    More statues will be toppled, spray-painted, or otherwise destroyed by lawless mobs / idiots. rather than being removed after public comment and vote.

    More names of historically important people will be expunged from schools, streets, public buildings, etc., without debate or agreement, and replaced with such shining examples of good citizenry (see, for example, George Floyd).

    Freedom of speech is already gone in good measure. You can’t have freedom of speech in a nation of infantile people. Pretty soon, we’ll all be agreeing that “Arbeit macht frei.”

    More guns will be confiscated? Well, I take some issue with this one. There are over 300 million guns already in a nation of about 330 million. Not sure “they” (or you) are going to have the success you think you might.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @TTSSYF

    If anything going after street names and building just shows desperation.

    The left just shows how weak they are by going after superficial targets.

    If you truly, I mean truly believed in equality then you wouldn't care if a high school is named after some president that no one even talks about.

    This is cargo cult mentality. What is next? Re-coloring historical figures to try to equalize the past?

    The left in this country has gone absolutely nanners.

    Replies: @TTSSYF

  66. @R.G. Camara
    I learned once that all the "weird" fashion that appears in fashion shows and shoots is just stunts designed to draw eyeballs so that the designer can showcase their real collection as you look for more things by them to "shock" you.

    That said, I really could see some hipster doofuses and low-IQ black young teens rocking these in an attempt to be different and cool. It is 2020, after all.

    Replies: @Kronos, @gent, @SaneClownPosse

    A lot of high fashion is just the designer putting together stuff they think would look cool. It isn’t meant to be worn in any context besides an exhibition. Masturbation by tailoring, essentially.

  67. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    Just get pair of five dollar insoles. Shoes are shoes.

  68. @Cato
    @JohnnyWalker123

    You can get good arch support in almost any shoe for about $12 -- Dr Scholl's inserts work well. A shoe that I like for walking (my wife and I walk an average of 3.5 miles each day, mostly on rough terrain) is made by Camel Crown. Their shoes are not expensive and very durable.

    Replies: @Ron Mexico

    “Dr. Scholl’s inserts…”
    Dr. Scholl is a doctor, which means he spent nine years in med school. That man wasted his time. It took him nine years to learn that cushions make shoes comfortable. I would have bought that shit from a Mr. Scholl. Maybe even a Senor Scholl.
    Mitch, RIP

    • Replies: @Cato
    @Ron Mexico

    William Scholl is actually a great business success story:


    William Scholl's story started in 1898 when at the age of 16, he walked 12 miles into Michigan City, Ind., and started work as a shoemaker's apprentice for $3 a week. His experience with customers' foot problems led him to study medicine, and in 1906 he founded Dr. Scholl's Footcare which manufactured orthopedic foot products... At the height of its popularity, the Dr. Scholl's brand was among the 20 most-recognized brands in the world.
     
    https://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-xpm-20020908-2002-09-08-0209060273-story.html
  69. @Kronos
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I love my Lowa Boots! They’re as expensive as they are comfy. But man they are worth it.


    https://www.amazon.com/LOWA-Boots/s?k=LOWA+Boots

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Old Prude

    My Lowas fell apart in no time. I wore them for farm chores. Comfy but no durability. I got them free from an acquaintance who was a Lowa rep. She said they aren’t made to handle chicken shit. She didn’t offer a replacement. Cheap bastards.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    @Old Prude

    Wow, so far mine have held up really well. On the West Coast water repellent in key and they’ve stayed dry and insanely comfy. They required really no break-in period at all and far better than the Sketchers I had before.

    Is chicken shit pretty acidic?

  70. @Reg Cæsar
    @Mike_from_SGV


    @JohnnyWalker123
    Try Red Wing boots or shoes. Best I’ve ever had.
     
    Johnny will appreciate that they're made in the US, by union members.

    Replies: @JMcG

    Most Red Wings are NOT made in USA any longer.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @JMcG


    Most Red Wings are NOT made in USA any longer.

     

    Okay, but the significant point is that some still are. Can Land's End say that? Our Johnny can discriminate.
  71. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    You’ve had plenty of replies, but Sketchers and Rockports are very good shoes. Sketchers makes a very comfortable non slip composite toe work shoe that is as comfortable as any gym shoe I’ve ever worn.

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    @Mike Tre

    I have a pair of Rockport fisherman sandals, that are incredibly comfortable.

    Unfortunately they were originally very poorly made and kept on coming apart, until I had a local Ecuadorian shoemaker sew the straps properly into the soles. He charged me US$4 for this.

    it is a pity the shoes were not made properly in the first place, because the additional cost of making them properly would not be very much, and the markup on the shoes is probably $40 on a pair of shoes that retails for $50.

    However the same guy is now making a duplicate pair for me on a made to measure basis, with a couple of improvements in the design of my own invention, and I'm waiting to see what he comes up with as the delivery date is 2 weeks.

    The price of the unique individually measures is $50. If he does a good job I will have him make me some New Balance shoes.

    With the cost of new mass-produced sneakers going through the roof, I would have thought that now would be a good time for somebody to put together a made to measure shoe service that would outsource the manufacturer to a country with labor is cheaper than the US, just like they do with glasses and dental prostheses.

    for someone like me who takes size 12 and extra wide shoes, such a service would be extremely useful and very cost effective, as mass produced shoes that fit are difficult to find anyway

  72. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    Forget comfort and sensible shoes. I’m waiting for men to start wearing heels again like they did in the 70s. Check out those shoes worn by Cory Wells and Chuck Negron in some of their concerts. Those shoes were quite attractive (of course, it didn’t hurt that all three Dogs were quite attractive, too).

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    @TTSSYF

    Didn't flamboyant footballer Frenchy Fuqua have a pair with huge clear heels --- each filled with water and a goldfish?

    Replies: @TTSSYF

  73. @Merv Griffith Gunn
    Cry more racists.

    You just got your butts kicked all of 2020

    More statues will be removed

    More names will be changed

    More speech laws will be enacted

    More guns will be confiscated

    How does it feel to lose so badly?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Achmed E. Newman, @TTSSYF, @MEH 0910

  74. @Anon
    From the same school of fashion design that prompted blacks to wear their pants pulled down below their butts. I swear, some cop must be designing fashion for blacks.

    Replies: @additionalMike

    The school of fashion design, at least the East Coast version, is known as Riker’s Island jail.

  75. @Dissident
    @JohnnyWalker123


    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don’t care if it’s a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.
     
    As someone afflicted with very flat, narrow, pronating feet and also requiring my shoes to be black--excuse me, Black-- in color, and preferably made of genuine leather, I can tell you the shoes I have found to cause me the least amount of the discomfort, pain and severe muscle cramps that I am prone to suffer. Feel free to disregard, though, should you consider me less than a gentleman.

    Around five years ago, I had discovered the Addiction Walker offered by BROOKS and it has, to-date, remained the best for me of all the shoes I have tried over the years. Unfortunately, they discontinued this model around two-three years ago, and I found its replacement, the Addiction Walker 2
    https://www.brooksrunning.com/dw/image/v2/aaev_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-BrooksCatalog/default/dw4ad8ebeb/images/ProductImages/110318/110318_072_l_WR.jpg

    , to invariably cause me to awake with suffer severe, excruciating muscle cramps in my legs and feet the night after I had been wearing them. But this was most likely due to a peculiarity of my own anatomy, so let not my bad experience deter you or anyone else from trying that or any of the other models offered by BROOKS.

    My previous shoe for many years had been the Time Out, a model offered by SAS.
    https://www.sasshoes.com/dw/image/v2/BCFQ_PRD/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-sas-catalog-master/default/dw8985df47/product/s/a/sas-mens-time-out-black-0092-013-1_1.jpg
    (SAS, stands for San Antonio Shoemakers and the shoes are still at least partially manufactured in their Texas factory, which they offer tours of.)

    Note that I have found both the SAS as well as the BROOKS to be less breathable than ideal. This is no doubt because both models, while made of leather uppers, are lined with synthetic material.

    Prior to discovering SAS, I wore, in addition to various sneaker models (mostly Reebok and Reebok imitations), mostly different models from Rockport. Initially, the dressier ones, then later the softer, sportier Rocksport walking model.

    As one would expect, my options became increasingly limited as I got older and my feet and legs became less limber and forgiving. It is difficult to imagine now, but I actually got away with wearing penny loafers into my early teens. Heck, before that, I even had a pair or two of cowboy boots but even then, wearing them came at a price.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Barnard, @JohnnyWalker123

    I had the same problem with later model Brooks shoes. With the running shoes I had the additional problem of my big toe poking through the top mesh in six months or less. I would really like to find a good alternative to them.

  76. @Kronos
    @Thomas

    If I recall correctly the Bushes were big fans of the Texas/Mexico “shit kicker” cowboy boots.

    https://media2.fdncms.com/pittsburgh/imager/u/original/1865204/jeb_boots.png

    http://kpbs.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/croppedphotos/2011/05/16/Mexicans-pointy-boots_t614.jpg?a3ca5463f16dc11451266bb717d38a6025dcea0e

    But THESE boots take the cake! When your running away from the law you have a 50% of stabbing yourself in the junk.

    Replies: @Dr. X, @black sea, @AP

    Milder versions of those were popular among certain people in Russia in the early 2000s. White ones went with white pants and collared shirt half-opened to show off the gold chain.

  77. @Bill Jones
    @Thoughts

    The whole thing is over in three months.
    When The Pretender is Inaugurated the first step is a brutal lock-down/mask-asphyxiation campaign, closely followed by the Not-a-Vaccine but that's what gene altering is called nowadays rollout at large.
    The genius lies in the number of RT-PCR test cycles being reduced from the current 40-45 down to about 20.This, of course will greatly reduce the number of false positives and takes us through to the Spring when the magic of vitamin C generated by sunshine (except for the poor POC's- even the Sun is raycist- where do you think the word comes from?) wipes out the remnant.
    Pee-Pad Joe's a hero (Unless by Spring the Knee-pad Ho's in power). The middle class is gone, half the country on the breadline and gasping for a UBI and now it's proven that sometimes brutal dictatorship is the only way.

    Replies: @That Would Be Telling

    Not-a-Vaccine but that’s what gene altering is called nowadays rollout at large.

    Ignorance or a lie. Without some reverse transcriptase snuck into mRNA vaccines, they have no way of of reversing the fundamental paradigm of molecular genetics, DNA -> short lived mRNA -> proteins. And since they more exactly simulate a COVID-19 infection than the adenovirus vector vaccines (the AZ/Oxford clown show, Sputnik V, which anticipated the former’s technical problem, and Janssen), and otherwise work like live virus vaccines we’ve been taking since the very word vaccine was derived from Latin for “smallpox of the cow,” how are they “Not-a-Vaccine?”

    What else do you think you know about the pandemic that turns out to false to anyone who knows and remembers basic biology and medicine?

    All that said, obviously the Left/Democrats are not letting a crisis go to waste.

    • Replies: @Charon
    @That Would Be Telling


    What else do you think you know about the pandemic that turns out to false to anyone who knows and remembers basic biology and medicine?
     
    How did you miss? He believes that sunlight stimulates the production of Vitamin C. Not D, C.
  78. @TTSSYF
    @Merv Griffith Gunn


    More statues will be removed

    More names will be changed

    More speech laws will be enacted

    More guns will be confiscated
     

    Suggested re-write:

    More statues will be toppled, spray-painted, or otherwise destroyed by lawless mobs / idiots. rather than being removed after public comment and vote.

    More names of historically important people will be expunged from schools, streets, public buildings, etc., without debate or agreement, and replaced with such shining examples of good citizenry (see, for example, George Floyd).

    Freedom of speech is already gone in good measure. You can't have freedom of speech in a nation of infantile people. Pretty soon, we'll all be agreeing that "Arbeit macht frei."

    More guns will be confiscated? Well, I take some issue with this one. There are over 300 million guns already in a nation of about 330 million. Not sure "they" (or you) are going to have the success you think you might.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    If anything going after street names and building just shows desperation.

    The left just shows how weak they are by going after superficial targets.

    If you truly, I mean truly believed in equality then you wouldn’t care if a high school is named after some president that no one even talks about.

    This is cargo cult mentality. What is next? Re-coloring historical figures to try to equalize the past?

    The left in this country has gone absolutely nanners.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
    @John Johnson

    I don't agree that statues in the public square are superficial targets, nor do I think it matters whether renaming streets and buildings are signs of desperation or not. If it's so superficial and/or merely a sign of desperation, why are they getting away with it?

    Replies: @Anonymous

  79. Anon[314] • Disclaimer says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    Allen Edmonds can correctly measure your feet and do all sizes: very wide, etc. Measuring is very important, and insures arch support goes in the right place. People with wide feet, for example, will often end buying bigger sizes and don’t get correct arch support.

    Also, AE gives the choice of rubber or hard soles. Not inexpensive but you avoid back pain.

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
  80. @Altai
    Maybe not. The value of looting sneakers comes from shoes that are hyped up in the collector and speculation market. They aren't looting them to wear anymore, they're looting them to sell, hence the more organised looting. Something weird and unique like that might actually end up quite valuable despite having maybe limited appeal for general wear and use. It seems insane to me that sneakers have become such a huge collector/speculator affair (Particularly given the low amount of variation among the shoes), but it seems to maybe be the biggest collecting hobby in the world right now and perhaps one of the weirdest speculative bubbles.

    Those shoes are also pure 'hype beast' fodder, so they may actually have value from people desiring them for actual wear rather than just collecting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-NLtitNZdQ

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Maybe not. The value of looting sneakers comes from shoes that are hyped up in the collector and speculation market. They aren’t looting them to wear anymore, they’re looting them to sell, hence the more organised looting.

    It’s both.

    Black men are very particular about their shoes. It’s similar to women with hair and makeup.

    If you go into a ghetto you will see Black men with the whitest looking shoes. You will see them wearing brand new $200 shoes with a $5 tank top. Take a close look at a crowd of Blacks next time you see them in the mall. None of them will have white shoes that look dirty or used. So there is always a market for shoes in Black areas. A White guy will buy a pair of shoes as a tool and would look at you as a madman if you offered to show him some shoes in your car. But in Black areas this is completely normal.

    Then there is the shoe collecting subculture. This is mostly a Black/Hispanic subculture but there are also Whites involved. It’s way beyond what anyone would imagine. They will sit and talk about shoes as if they are baseball cards. The shoe companies know about this phenomenon and intentionally released overpriced limited edition shoes.

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
    @John Johnson


    Black men are very particular about their shoes. It’s similar to women with hair and makeup.
     
    If a woman will murder you over hair and makeup, sure. Because negroes will, sure as shit, murder you over a pair of kicks.

    Tip for anyone who wants to provoke rage: scuff a young negro’s pristine white gym shoes.
  81. @Mike Tre
    @JohnnyWalker123

    You’ve had plenty of replies, but Sketchers and Rockports are very good shoes. Sketchers makes a very comfortable non slip composite toe work shoe that is as comfortable as any gym shoe I’ve ever worn.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    I have a pair of Rockport fisherman sandals, that are incredibly comfortable.

    Unfortunately they were originally very poorly made and kept on coming apart, until I had a local Ecuadorian shoemaker sew the straps properly into the soles. He charged me US$4 for this.

    it is a pity the shoes were not made properly in the first place, because the additional cost of making them properly would not be very much, and the markup on the shoes is probably $40 on a pair of shoes that retails for $50.

    However the same guy is now making a duplicate pair for me on a made to measure basis, with a couple of improvements in the design of my own invention, and I’m waiting to see what he comes up with as the delivery date is 2 weeks.

    The price of the unique individually measures is $50. If he does a good job I will have him make me some New Balance shoes.

    With the cost of new mass-produced sneakers going through the roof, I would have thought that now would be a good time for somebody to put together a made to measure shoe service that would outsource the manufacturer to a country with labor is cheaper than the US, just like they do with glasses and dental prostheses.

    for someone like me who takes size 12 and extra wide shoes, such a service would be extremely useful and very cost effective, as mass produced shoes that fit are difficult to find anyway

  82. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    There’s always the white working class mainstay Red Wing shoes. A bit pricey perhaps but worn like armor by generation after generation of Detriot working man. An analog to our local institution Carhartt.

    If Red Wing is too lowbrow, there’s always Allen Edmonds.

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
  83. @kaganovitch
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I personally lean towards good old USA made Allen Edmonds or Alden. If you are looking for rubber soled type comfort shoes though,try the French brand Mephisto or the somewhat cheaper (price and build) Danish brand Ecco.

    Replies: @Dissident, @Stan d Mute, @petit bourgeois

    try the French brand Mephisto or the somewhat cheaper (price and build) Danish brand Ecco.

    Re Ecco – they are in my opinion, hands down, the most comfortable shoe built. But they will all self-destruct within 5-10 years without being worn. The soft rubber Ecco uses for soles will crumble apart into little balls of tar like plastic. Ecco replaced a couple pair when I complained, but even the replacements crumbled eventually. I have seen it in every Ecco from hiking boot to wingtip dress, to golf shoe.

    I’d recommend Clark’s as an alternative to both Mephisto and Ecco. I have 20yr old Clark’s that look like a new pair and are nearly as comfortable as Eccos.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Stan d Mute

    I have seen it in every Ecco from hiking boot to wingtip dress, to golf shoe.

    I have same experience, but while they last they're really comfortable

    , @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Stan d Mute

    Agreed; Eccos are very good. They're my go-to brand if I can get them on sale.

    Clarks are also good, but often kind of ugly. They've done better with this in recent years, though. If you happen to be in the UK, you can find some good deals on Clarks. We Calvinists bought several pair earlier this fall when we were in the UK.

  84. https://images.app.goo.gl/xT5tiE2JNhbbB9b49

    The New Balance 813 is not a bad shoe. It is made in Indonesia.

  85. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    Danner boots made here right in Portland, OR are quite well known. Standard boots for loggers.

    https://s7d4.scene7.com/is/image/LaCrosse/danner-home-gothere-bull-run-crop?&wid=1492&hei=950&fmt=png-alpha

    They were used to trek Pacific Crest Trail in Wild

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
  86. @John Johnson
    @Altai

    Maybe not. The value of looting sneakers comes from shoes that are hyped up in the collector and speculation market. They aren’t looting them to wear anymore, they’re looting them to sell, hence the more organised looting.

    It's both.

    Black men are very particular about their shoes. It's similar to women with hair and makeup.

    If you go into a ghetto you will see Black men with the whitest looking shoes. You will see them wearing brand new $200 shoes with a $5 tank top. Take a close look at a crowd of Blacks next time you see them in the mall. None of them will have white shoes that look dirty or used. So there is always a market for shoes in Black areas. A White guy will buy a pair of shoes as a tool and would look at you as a madman if you offered to show him some shoes in your car. But in Black areas this is completely normal.

    Then there is the shoe collecting subculture. This is mostly a Black/Hispanic subculture but there are also Whites involved. It's way beyond what anyone would imagine. They will sit and talk about shoes as if they are baseball cards. The shoe companies know about this phenomenon and intentionally released overpriced limited edition shoes.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute

    Black men are very particular about their shoes. It’s similar to women with hair and makeup.

    If a woman will murder you over hair and makeup, sure. Because negroes will, sure as shit, murder you over a pair of kicks.

    Tip for anyone who wants to provoke rage: scuff a young negro’s pristine white gym shoes.

  87. @JohnnyWalker123
    @Almost Missouri


    Just go to Discount Shoe Warehouse and try on a bunch of pairs of whatever takes your fancy till you find one that trips your trigger. If you later decide it wasn’t the right pair after all, well you didn’t spend a fortune.

     

    Very practical advice. There seems to be a DSW within 7 miles of my place, so I'll check it out and see if there's anything interesting there. Thanks for saving me money.

    Replies: @res

    One additional point is if you find something you like go back and buy more before they are changed.

    • Agree: AnotherDad, JackOH
    • Replies: @JackOH
    @res

    Excellent point, res. Back in the 1980s, I bought my first pair of Wright Arch Preservers, about $200 a pair at the time. I bought three additional pairs. I still have three of the four pairs. (My local shoe repair guy says Wright cheapened its product pretty drastically; not sure if Wright is in business anymore.)

    I've tried to practice (in fits and starts) buying duplicates of products I like. Or suitable alternates, substitutes, back-ups, or call them what you will. Manufacturers are inconstant, retailer selection variable or confusing, etc.

    , @JohnnyWalker123
    @res

    Good point.

  88. @JohnnyWalker123
    @Harry Baldwin


    Brooks Beast running shoes
     
    Brooks Beast. Thanks, I'll look into it.

    You shouldn’t expect to wear a pair of sneakers more than six months. At that point the cushioning effect is not nearly as good and you really notice the difference when you put on a new pair.
     
    Yeah. The older I get, the more I realize that sneakers wear out really quickly. New shoes just feel so much better. I guess maybe keep a main sneaker for wearing for your daily errands (and workouts). Every 6-8 months, "demote" the shoe to being the occasional pair you wear to mow the lawn or do chores.

    I also realize the if you don't wear a pair of sneaker for a while, the cushioning effect is slightly better than if you wear the shoe every day.

    Replies: @res

    Every 6-8 months, “demote” the shoe to being the occasional pair you wear to mow the lawn or do chores.

    This is what I try to do. Using the old pair for any activity likely to be damaging (e.g. walking in the rain/mud) helps as well.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @res


    for any activity likely to be damaging (e.g. walking in the rain/mud) helps as well
     
    Yeah, for rainy/muddy days, use old shoes. Good advice.
  89. @Thoughts
    Liberals on my facebook page got Covid (or took the test enough times to get a false positive)

    They grudgingly admit that after months of isolation (really, they worked from home, didn't eat out...completely isolated) that there was nothing more they could have done Not To Get It.

    They wore masks...INDOORS guys.

    It's also...The Sniffles

    Covid. Is. The. Sniffles.

    In the meantime, me and my spouse have travelled all across Europe during the non-lockdown times (and I'm trying to figure out where I can go during lockdown...Dubai?..because no one puts Thoughts in one place for long!) and have had strep throat and that mystery stomach acid vomiting disease I got (not Covid)

    Unless you are in one of the Genetically At Risk Groups and/or Obese

    Covid iS NOTHING

    And masks and crazy isolation won't stop you from getting it (Or a false positive)

    I think the liberals, much like my other acquaintance who is a known and obnoxious hypochondriac, just took the test enough times for a False Positive

    Steve hit on the Wisest Thing...Getting Everyone to Be Healthier would go a long way to Saving Lives. Losing the extra weight is key

    Get the vaccine to the at risk groups, and leave everyone else alone

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Wade Hampton

    Kathleen Parker, WaPo’s idea of a “right-wing” columnist, says “getting the vaccine will be our civic duty…but can we as humans remain calm and wait our turn?”

    What a maroon. Just like Covid hospital beds, the miracle vaccine will go mostly unused, because the hysteria is completely disconnected from reality. The disease is pretty benign unless you are 80 and the vaccine is new and nobody wants to be experimented upon like a lab rat.

    My local fish-wrap regularly runs her “deep thoughts” on their op-ed page along with those of fellow leftist midwits E.J. Dionne, Chris Cilizza, Dana Milbank, Leonard Pitts, George Will and assorted local commies writing their laughable letters to the editor.

    I refuse to subscribe and subsidize their drivel. And people wonder why local papers are disappearing.

  90. @Ron Mexico
    @Cato

    "Dr. Scholl's inserts..."
    Dr. Scholl is a doctor, which means he spent nine years in med school. That man wasted his time. It took him nine years to learn that cushions make shoes comfortable. I would have bought that shit from a Mr. Scholl. Maybe even a Senor Scholl.
    Mitch, RIP

    Replies: @Cato

    William Scholl is actually a great business success story:

    William Scholl’s story started in 1898 when at the age of 16, he walked 12 miles into Michigan City, Ind., and started work as a shoemaker’s apprentice for $3 a week. His experience with customers’ foot problems led him to study medicine, and in 1906 he founded Dr. Scholl’s Footcare which manufactured orthopedic foot products… At the height of its popularity, the Dr. Scholl’s brand was among the 20 most-recognized brands in the world.

    https://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-xpm-20020908-2002-09-08-0209060273-story.html

  91. @TTSSYF
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Forget comfort and sensible shoes. I'm waiting for men to start wearing heels again like they did in the 70s. Check out those shoes worn by Cory Wells and Chuck Negron in some of their concerts. Those shoes were quite attractive (of course, it didn't hurt that all three Dogs were quite attractive, too).

    Replies: @Known Fact

    Didn’t flamboyant footballer Frenchy Fuqua have a pair with huge clear heels — each filled with water and a goldfish?

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
    @Known Fact

    Yes, but that isn't exactly what I have in mind when I see Cory Wells singing "Shambala" or "Eli's Coming" while dancing in his heels..

  92. @Almost Missouri
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Just go to Discount Shoe Warehouse and try on a bunch of pairs of whatever takes your fancy till you find one that trips your trigger. If you later decide it wasn't the right pair after all, well you didn't spend a fortune.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @AnotherDad, @AnotherGuessModel

    Just go to Discount Shoe Warehouse and try on a bunch of pairs of whatever takes your fancy till you find one that trips your trigger. If you later decide it wasn’t the right pair after all, well you didn’t spend a fortune.

    Excellent advice AM.

    So and so swears by XYZ. Great it works for them. Whatever. Their feet aren’t your feet.

    I’ve bought a ton of shoes from the cutout rack at Big5. Try on this, try on that. I’ve had a few cheap misfires i sent off to Goodwill pretty quickly. But i’ve had other dollarwise cheap shoes that felt really good to walk in and kept going and going on going.

    And as “res” noted, if you find something discounted that seems to work really well for you, go back and buy up a few years supply. Otherwise they’ll be gone by the time you’ve worn the first pair out and want another. This stuff is changing all the time.

  93. @Known Fact
    @TTSSYF

    Didn't flamboyant footballer Frenchy Fuqua have a pair with huge clear heels --- each filled with water and a goldfish?

    Replies: @TTSSYF

    Yes, but that isn’t exactly what I have in mind when I see Cory Wells singing “Shambala” or “Eli’s Coming” while dancing in his heels..

  94. @John Johnson
    @TTSSYF

    If anything going after street names and building just shows desperation.

    The left just shows how weak they are by going after superficial targets.

    If you truly, I mean truly believed in equality then you wouldn't care if a high school is named after some president that no one even talks about.

    This is cargo cult mentality. What is next? Re-coloring historical figures to try to equalize the past?

    The left in this country has gone absolutely nanners.

    Replies: @TTSSYF

    I don’t agree that statues in the public square are superficial targets, nor do I think it matters whether renaming streets and buildings are signs of desperation or not. If it’s so superficial and/or merely a sign of desperation, why are they getting away with it?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @TTSSYF

    "If they won't even defend their statues, they won't do shit if we steal the election"

  95. @Old Prude
    @Kronos

    My Lowas fell apart in no time. I wore them for farm chores. Comfy but no durability. I got them free from an acquaintance who was a Lowa rep. She said they aren't made to handle chicken shit. She didn't offer a replacement. Cheap bastards.

    Replies: @Kronos

    Wow, so far mine have held up really well. On the West Coast water repellent in key and they’ve stayed dry and insanely comfy. They required really no break-in period at all and far better than the Sketchers I had before.

    Is chicken shit pretty acidic?

  96. @Almost Missouri
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Just go to Discount Shoe Warehouse and try on a bunch of pairs of whatever takes your fancy till you find one that trips your trigger. If you later decide it wasn't the right pair after all, well you didn't spend a fortune.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @AnotherDad, @AnotherGuessModel

    Tips for buying shoes: Go shoe shopping in the afternoon when your feet are at their most swollen, wear the kind of socks that you plan to wear the shoes with, and walk around in them in a part of the store without carpeting. Carpets can mask uncomfortable as well as excessively stompy or squeaky shoes. If the shoes are even just a bit uncomfortable or tight when you try them on, don’t purchase them, as they will be more uncomfortable in the long run. Salespeople will tell you that stiff leather shoes will stretch and soften, but unless you’re looking for tough shoes to withstand horseback-riding or something like that, there is no need to go through the pain and blisters during the breaking-in period. Finally, as you’re a man, keep in mind that flat shoes can be just as taxing on the feet and back as high heels. So if you’re interested in a shoe style that is completely flat (Converse All-Stars are a popular example), go up a half or full size and add a foot insert for arch support. By the same logic, size up on any winter shoes if where you live gets very cold so that you can add wool or fleece inserts.

    *Sorry, meant to reply to .

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @AnotherGuessModel

    Good advice. Thank you!

  97. @Mr. Blank
    I am surprised that nowhere in the article did they mention Hoka One Ones — I thought they were the ones who initiated the overstuffed sneaker trend.

    For the uninformed, Hoka is a running shoe brand with an almost comical amount of foam padding. When they first came out several years ago, the design went heavily against the grain — this was in the middle of the “minimalist running shoe” craze. But Hokas proved to be such a huge hit with overweight Americans that lots of other companies have since jumped onboard with their own versions.

    These shoe designs are pretty clearly exaggerated versions of the Hoka design.

    Replies: @BS

    Not only overweight Americans, any runner who’s half-serious about ergonomics (ie being able to continue running into retirement) will get a pair of well-padded running shoes, and eat a diet full of natural gelatine if they’re running on asphalt or other paved surfaces.

  98. @res
    @JohnnyWalker123

    One additional point is if you find something you like go back and buy more before they are changed.

    Replies: @JackOH, @JohnnyWalker123

    Excellent point, res. Back in the 1980s, I bought my first pair of Wright Arch Preservers, about $200 a pair at the time. I bought three additional pairs. I still have three of the four pairs. (My local shoe repair guy says Wright cheapened its product pretty drastically; not sure if Wright is in business anymore.)

    I’ve tried to practice (in fits and starts) buying duplicates of products I like. Or suitable alternates, substitutes, back-ups, or call them what you will. Manufacturers are inconstant, retailer selection variable or confusing, etc.

  99. @Kronos
    @R.G. Camara


    That said, I really could see some hipster doofuses and low-IQ black young teens rocking these in an attempt to be different and cool. It is 2020, after all.
     
    I hope they never walk into a old pimp with some goldfish high-heels.

    https://youtu.be/BWNQTqMkezc

    Replies: @Mike Tre

    Antonio Fargas’ son Justin went to Steve’s Alma Mater Notre Dame HS and went on to play a few seasons for the Oakland Raiders. I saw Justin play is senior year of HS; he was a man among boys.

  100. @Stan d Mute
    @kaganovitch


    try the French brand Mephisto or the somewhat cheaper (price and build) Danish brand Ecco.
     
    Re Ecco - they are in my opinion, hands down, the most comfortable shoe built. But they will all self-destruct within 5-10 years without being worn. The soft rubber Ecco uses for soles will crumble apart into little balls of tar like plastic. Ecco replaced a couple pair when I complained, but even the replacements crumbled eventually. I have seen it in every Ecco from hiking boot to wingtip dress, to golf shoe.

    I’d recommend Clark’s as an alternative to both Mephisto and Ecco. I have 20yr old Clark’s that look like a new pair and are nearly as comfortable as Eccos.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @The Last Real Calvinist

    I have seen it in every Ecco from hiking boot to wingtip dress, to golf shoe.

    I have same experience, but while they last they’re really comfortable

  101. @That Would Be Telling
    @Bill Jones


    Not-a-Vaccine but that’s what gene altering is called nowadays rollout at large.
     
    Ignorance or a lie. Without some reverse transcriptase snuck into mRNA vaccines, they have no way of of reversing the fundamental paradigm of molecular genetics, DNA -> short lived mRNA -> proteins. And since they more exactly simulate a COVID-19 infection than the adenovirus vector vaccines (the AZ/Oxford clown show, Sputnik V, which anticipated the former's technical problem, and Janssen), and otherwise work like live virus vaccines we've been taking since the very word vaccine was derived from Latin for "smallpox of the cow," how are they "Not-a-Vaccine?"

    What else do you think you know about the pandemic that turns out to false to anyone who knows and remembers basic biology and medicine?

    All that said, obviously the Left/Democrats are not letting a crisis go to waste.

    Replies: @Charon

    What else do you think you know about the pandemic that turns out to false to anyone who knows and remembers basic biology and medicine?

    How did you miss? He believes that sunlight stimulates the production of Vitamin C. Not D, C.

    • Thanks: That Would Be Telling
  102. Those “blob” shoes look like what your regular athletic shoes would resemble after walking down a long ocean pier infested with seagulls. Yuck.

    Maybe they will come out with a brown version a/k/a Shitkickers.

    Funny though, that along with dead sports figures, the shoe topic really gets iSteve commentators excited.

    But while these shoe recommendations seem good, few of those will work if you require orthotic inserts for flat feet or Plantar Fasciitis. Many of the recommended shoes aren’t large enough for inserts, at the top of the shoe. Even when removing original insoles. I know from painful experience.

    (BTW: handy crossword tip, ‘Fasciitis’ is a rare word with three ‘i’s, with two adjacent. Though it is Latin I think.)

  103. @JMcG
    @Reg Cæsar

    Most Red Wings are NOT made in USA any longer.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Most Red Wings are NOT made in USA any longer.

    Okay, but the significant point is that some still are. Can Land’s End say that? Our Johnny can discriminate.

  104. @Steve Sailer
    @Dissident

    Yeah, after 10 years of satisfaction wearing the Brooks Addiction Walker, I just bought a pair of Brooks Addiction Walker 2 ... and they aren't as good.

    Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose, @Paul Mendez, @Dissident

    A strategy I learned from my brother-in-law is, if you find a shoe you like, buy multiple pairs. Unlike waists, feet sizes don’t change over time. As long as you don’t buy something too trendy or too cheap, you can go decades without having to shop for shoes.

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Paul Mendez


    A strategy I learned from my brother-in-law is, if you find a shoe you like, buy multiple pairs. Unlike waists, feet sizes don’t change over time. As long as you don’t buy something too trendy or too cheap, you can go decades without having to shop for shoes.

     

    Two potential problems with this strategy:

    First, your feet actually do get bigger as you age. The ligaments in your feet start to go a bit slack, and your feet spread out. I'm routinely wearing shoes a half-size bigger than I did a decade ago.

    Second, be careful with storing shoes for too long, especially if you live in a humid climate. On a couple of occasions, I've had shoes that I'd bought ahead, as you advocate, and then stored in a closet for a couple of years just fall apart in my hands when I took them out in anticipation of starting to wear them. Mold is also a potential problem if you don't keep an eye on them. Granted, I live in Hong Kong, where the spring/summer humidity is insane, but I suspect similar problems might be encountered in Florida, etc.

  105. In the good old days they X-Rayed your feet at the shoe store.

    What’s in it?

  106. @JohnnyWalker123
    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don't care if it's a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.

    Thanks

    Replies: @wren, @Kyle, @Kronos, @kaganovitch, @Danindc, @Cato, @Almost Missouri, @Dissident, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Harry Baldwin, @gent, @Mike Tre, @TTSSYF, @Anon, @Stan d Mute, @epebble, @Joe Paluka

    First question, what race are you and how old are you?

  107. @Stan d Mute
    @kaganovitch


    try the French brand Mephisto or the somewhat cheaper (price and build) Danish brand Ecco.
     
    Re Ecco - they are in my opinion, hands down, the most comfortable shoe built. But they will all self-destruct within 5-10 years without being worn. The soft rubber Ecco uses for soles will crumble apart into little balls of tar like plastic. Ecco replaced a couple pair when I complained, but even the replacements crumbled eventually. I have seen it in every Ecco from hiking boot to wingtip dress, to golf shoe.

    I’d recommend Clark’s as an alternative to both Mephisto and Ecco. I have 20yr old Clark’s that look like a new pair and are nearly as comfortable as Eccos.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @The Last Real Calvinist

    Agreed; Eccos are very good. They’re my go-to brand if I can get them on sale.

    Clarks are also good, but often kind of ugly. They’ve done better with this in recent years, though. If you happen to be in the UK, you can find some good deals on Clarks. We Calvinists bought several pair earlier this fall when we were in the UK.

  108. @Paul Mendez
    @Steve Sailer

    A strategy I learned from my brother-in-law is, if you find a shoe you like, buy multiple pairs. Unlike waists, feet sizes don’t change over time. As long as you don’t buy something too trendy or too cheap, you can go decades without having to shop for shoes.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist

    A strategy I learned from my brother-in-law is, if you find a shoe you like, buy multiple pairs. Unlike waists, feet sizes don’t change over time. As long as you don’t buy something too trendy or too cheap, you can go decades without having to shop for shoes.

    Two potential problems with this strategy:

    First, your feet actually do get bigger as you age. The ligaments in your feet start to go a bit slack, and your feet spread out. I’m routinely wearing shoes a half-size bigger than I did a decade ago.

    Second, be careful with storing shoes for too long, especially if you live in a humid climate. On a couple of occasions, I’ve had shoes that I’d bought ahead, as you advocate, and then stored in a closet for a couple of years just fall apart in my hands when I took them out in anticipation of starting to wear them. Mold is also a potential problem if you don’t keep an eye on them. Granted, I live in Hong Kong, where the spring/summer humidity is insane, but I suspect similar problems might be encountered in Florida, etc.

  109. @J.Ross
    @James O'Meara

    Which film will live forever for its fearless depiction of USAF officers.

    Replies: @James O'Meara

    Stunningly prescient and ripped from the headlines. The two main ones spend all their time monitoring civilians on some kind of high tech, um, monitoring device and perving away.

  110. @Steve Sailer
    @Dissident

    Yeah, after 10 years of satisfaction wearing the Brooks Addiction Walker, I just bought a pair of Brooks Addiction Walker 2 ... and they aren't as good.

    Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose, @Paul Mendez, @Dissident

    Yeah, after 10 years of satisfaction wearing the Brooks Addiction Walker, I just bought a pair of Brooks Addiction Walker 2 … and they aren’t as good.

    Barnard wrote,

    I had the same problem with later model Brooks shoes. With the running shoes I had the additional problem of my big toe poking through the top mesh in six months or less. I would really like to find a good alternative to them.

    Wow, so it’s not just me then. Thanks to both of you.

    By the way,

    The sneaker industry has finally found a way to keep Mostly Peaceful Protesters from looting shoe stores so much:

    Shouldn’t that have been undocumented shopping? Looting has racist, classist and White Supremacist connotations.

  111. Little has been written and said on how the tacky sneaker culture and its related fashion style, which has its origins in black culture and its heroes (NBA players and hip hop “artists”) is getting blacks stopped and frisked way above average, simply because they look indistinguishable from gang bangers and crack pushers.

    How any on duty police officer in his right mind could not stop and frisk this pair of clowns?

    or this one, BTW a celebrity rapper wearing 1000s worth of clothes, and yeah he’s wearing ultra tacky heeled 70s style sneakers

    Wouldn’t you grab your purse and go the opposite sidewalk and pray right after seeing a group of blacks dressed like the above clowns coming opposite your way or tailing you if you were a woman walking alone?

    With “influencers” like these, no wonder most US blacks aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    How could anyone expect not to be constantly harrassed by police when they keep on going out everyday dressed with clothes screaming “I am on parole” or “just robbed a liquor store” is beyond me.

  112. @Jack D
    @JohnnyWalker123

    You'll notice that there are tons of recommendations, all different. There is a reason for this. The most comfortable shoe is one that fits your foot.

    Every shoe is made on a last, which is sort of a foot shaped form around which the upper of the shoe is stretched. In the old days (and still today if you have the $) the last would be made as a copy of the exact measurements and shape of your foot. Nowadays, manufacturers have a last for every size and width but the shape of the last is a sort of ideal or average approximation of the shape of the human foot, which may or may not resemble the shape of your foot even if the length and width are correct. Every manufacturer has his own lasts (and sometime more than 1 shape of last). When you feel that a shoe is comfortable, what that really means is that the shape of that manufacturer's last just happens to approximate the shape of your foot. So person X might love Brand A shoes, whose lasts happen to match the shape of his feet well, but you might hate them because they don't match yours.

    I have no recommendation for shoes, but I one for socks. Get yourself a bunch of merino wool socks. Costco sells them as "trail socks". Wear them summer and winter. They will keep your feet dry and warm in winter and cool in summer. They will make any shoe more comfortable. The only problem with them is that they will spoil you. Once you wear them you won't want to wear any other kind of socks.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @JohnnyWalker123

    I just bought them off Amazon. Thanks.

  113. @Dissident
    @JohnnyWalker123


    Can any of you gentlemen recommend a comfortable shoe? I don’t care if it’s a sneaker or a dress shoe. Just something that provides comfort and good arch support.
     
    As someone afflicted with very flat, narrow, pronating feet and also requiring my shoes to be black--excuse me, Black-- in color, and preferably made of genuine leather, I can tell you the shoes I have found to cause me the least amount of the discomfort, pain and severe muscle cramps that I am prone to suffer. Feel free to disregard, though, should you consider me less than a gentleman.

    Around five years ago, I had discovered the Addiction Walker offered by BROOKS and it has, to-date, remained the best for me of all the shoes I have tried over the years. Unfortunately, they discontinued this model around two-three years ago, and I found its replacement, the Addiction Walker 2
    https://www.brooksrunning.com/dw/image/v2/aaev_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-BrooksCatalog/default/dw4ad8ebeb/images/ProductImages/110318/110318_072_l_WR.jpg

    , to invariably cause me to awake with suffer severe, excruciating muscle cramps in my legs and feet the night after I had been wearing them. But this was most likely due to a peculiarity of my own anatomy, so let not my bad experience deter you or anyone else from trying that or any of the other models offered by BROOKS.

    My previous shoe for many years had been the Time Out, a model offered by SAS.
    https://www.sasshoes.com/dw/image/v2/BCFQ_PRD/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-sas-catalog-master/default/dw8985df47/product/s/a/sas-mens-time-out-black-0092-013-1_1.jpg
    (SAS, stands for San Antonio Shoemakers and the shoes are still at least partially manufactured in their Texas factory, which they offer tours of.)

    Note that I have found both the SAS as well as the BROOKS to be less breathable than ideal. This is no doubt because both models, while made of leather uppers, are lined with synthetic material.

    Prior to discovering SAS, I wore, in addition to various sneaker models (mostly Reebok and Reebok imitations), mostly different models from Rockport. Initially, the dressier ones, then later the softer, sportier Rocksport walking model.

    As one would expect, my options became increasingly limited as I got older and my feet and legs became less limber and forgiving. It is difficult to imagine now, but I actually got away with wearing penny loafers into my early teens. Heck, before that, I even had a pair or two of cowboy boots but even then, wearing them came at a price.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Barnard, @JohnnyWalker123

    Thank you.

  114. @res
    @JohnnyWalker123

    One additional point is if you find something you like go back and buy more before they are changed.

    Replies: @JackOH, @JohnnyWalker123

    Good point.

  115. @res
    @JohnnyWalker123


    Every 6-8 months, “demote” the shoe to being the occasional pair you wear to mow the lawn or do chores.
     
    This is what I try to do. Using the old pair for any activity likely to be damaging (e.g. walking in the rain/mud) helps as well.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    for any activity likely to be damaging (e.g. walking in the rain/mud) helps as well

    Yeah, for rainy/muddy days, use old shoes. Good advice.

  116. @AnotherGuessModel
    @Almost Missouri

    Tips for buying shoes: Go shoe shopping in the afternoon when your feet are at their most swollen, wear the kind of socks that you plan to wear the shoes with, and walk around in them in a part of the store without carpeting. Carpets can mask uncomfortable as well as excessively stompy or squeaky shoes. If the shoes are even just a bit uncomfortable or tight when you try them on, don't purchase them, as they will be more uncomfortable in the long run. Salespeople will tell you that stiff leather shoes will stretch and soften, but unless you're looking for tough shoes to withstand horseback-riding or something like that, there is no need to go through the pain and blisters during the breaking-in period. Finally, as you're a man, keep in mind that flat shoes can be just as taxing on the feet and back as high heels. So if you're interested in a shoe style that is completely flat (Converse All-Stars are a popular example), go up a half or full size and add a foot insert for arch support. By the same logic, size up on any winter shoes if where you live gets very cold so that you can add wool or fleece inserts.

    *Sorry, meant to reply to @JohnnyWalker123.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    Good advice. Thank you!

  117. @kaganovitch
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I personally lean towards good old USA made Allen Edmonds or Alden. If you are looking for rubber soled type comfort shoes though,try the French brand Mephisto or the somewhat cheaper (price and build) Danish brand Ecco.

    Replies: @Dissident, @Stan d Mute, @petit bourgeois

    Allen Edmonds are really worth the expense. I have three pairs but I basically wear the same pair of Allen Edmonds boots every day for over five years now. They are not looking good after so much wear but I cannot seem to part with them as they are the most comfortable pair of boots I’ve ever owned (even moreso than the pair of steel-toed Red Wings I used to wear which are vintage 1970’s oil platform boots).

    Also, I like how I can go to my local brick and mortar Allen Edmonds store where they properly measure your feet and you can drop them off to be sent back to Wisconsin to be reconditioned and re-soled.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @petit bourgeois

    Also, I like how I can go to my local brick and mortar Allen Edmonds store where they properly measure your feet and you can drop them off to be sent back to Wisconsin to be reconditioned and re-soled.

    They do a really nice job of it too. Because they can repair the shoe on its original last it holds its shape better than if it was repaired by a traditional cobbler. Not that it's easy to find a traditional cobbler these days...

  118. @petit bourgeois
    @kaganovitch

    Allen Edmonds are really worth the expense. I have three pairs but I basically wear the same pair of Allen Edmonds boots every day for over five years now. They are not looking good after so much wear but I cannot seem to part with them as they are the most comfortable pair of boots I've ever owned (even moreso than the pair of steel-toed Red Wings I used to wear which are vintage 1970's oil platform boots).

    Also, I like how I can go to my local brick and mortar Allen Edmonds store where they properly measure your feet and you can drop them off to be sent back to Wisconsin to be reconditioned and re-soled.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    Also, I like how I can go to my local brick and mortar Allen Edmonds store where they properly measure your feet and you can drop them off to be sent back to Wisconsin to be reconditioned and re-soled.

    They do a really nice job of it too. Because they can repair the shoe on its original last it holds its shape better than if it was repaired by a traditional cobbler. Not that it’s easy to find a traditional cobbler these days…

  119. @R.G. Camara
    I learned once that all the "weird" fashion that appears in fashion shows and shoots is just stunts designed to draw eyeballs so that the designer can showcase their real collection as you look for more things by them to "shock" you.

    That said, I really could see some hipster doofuses and low-IQ black young teens rocking these in an attempt to be different and cool. It is 2020, after all.

    Replies: @Kronos, @gent, @SaneClownPosse

    Except many urban gentlemen wear their trousers with half their ass displayed, so you never know what they might be into.

  120. @TTSSYF
    @John Johnson

    I don't agree that statues in the public square are superficial targets, nor do I think it matters whether renaming streets and buildings are signs of desperation or not. If it's so superficial and/or merely a sign of desperation, why are they getting away with it?

    Replies: @Anonymous

    “If they won’t even defend their statues, they won’t do shit if we steal the election”

    • Agree: TTSSYF

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