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Disney+Foot Problems=What Shoes?

DisneyPrincess5

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Original Poster
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Hi all :wave:

I am SOOO glad I tried out crocs before our trip!
While they are very comfortable, every time I wear them my feet and ankles hurt the next day! I don't know what else to think...it must be the shoes.

I need more ankle and arch support, so I guess I need to wear sturdy walking shoes at Disney.

What brand of walking shoes do you like most for Disney walking?

Thanks for all the input!
 

Senderella

Member
I've used several different types of sneaker at WDW including New Balance. The next day my feet and joints always hurt. The last 2 trips I've worn Crocs w/ socks (blah! Hate the look, but I get "hot foot" and the Crocs will rub blisters if I don't) and had no problem. The style the Mickey crocs are (Caymen? Beach?) have a thick enough bottom to provide support.. for me anyhow. I've also found the MJ style don't have that much support for real walking. The soles are very thin.

I think everyones feet are different so your best bet is to take a couple of pairs and alternate the first couple of days to see what works best. 2 trips ago, I wore my Crocs the first day and decided to try my NB the next day. Big difference!! I've not worn sneakers since at WDW and I was really surprised the Crocs did that well for me. Play around and see what works. :wave:
 

lumpydj

Active Member
I've got the same issue with my right foot - tendonitis - mostly on the arch. I'll be in MK next week so I'll be able to try out my theory. I bought Nike cross-trainers from Dicks and bought custom inserts from Dicks too (you heat them up in the oven for 2 minutes, then put them in your shoes and put your shoes on so they'll custom fit).

I feel a supportive, broken in sneaker (not too old where there's no support) is the best. I was at DLR last summer with this issue and I would never have been able to make it through without the inserts - although it still hurt by the end of the day. I only had the cheap inserts from a drug store. I think the inserts are more important than the kind of shoe. Good luck!
 

DisneyPrincess5

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Original Poster
I've got the same issue with my right foot - tendonitis - mostly on the arch. I'll be in MK next week so I'll be able to try out my theory. I bought Nike cross-trainers from Dicks and bought custom inserts from Dicks too (you heat them up in the oven for 2 minutes, then put them in your shoes and put your shoes on so they'll custom fit).

I feel a supportive, broken in sneaker (not too old where there's no support) is the best. I was at DLR last summer with this issue and I would never have been able to make it through without the inserts - although it still hurt by the end of the day. I only had the cheap inserts from a drug store. I think the inserts are more important than the kind of shoe. Good luck!

Thanks for your advice. I am definitely going to try the inserts.
Hmm weird...2 people from CT who have foot tendinitis who love Disney! Mine is at the top of my foot though.
 

JiminyandTink

Well-Known Member
I'm a fan of a good pair of running shoes (nikes) paired with inserts and runners socks (there like towels on the bottom but with little holes on the tops which breath really well)
 

imamouse

Well-Known Member
I don't have foot issues, but I have a "bum" knee (torn cartilage & surgery to repair), plus I used to have a problem with blisters only at WDW. I have solved my issues with the following:

  1. Go to a store with experienced sales personnel and have your foot evaluated. Be sure to tell them that you are a theme park warrior.
  2. The sales person will be able to recommend a line and style of shoe based on the evaluation. Listen to what they say and take their advice - even if the shoe they recommend cost more than you've every spent before. Just do it!
  3. Wear thin, moisture wicking socks. It makes sense - feet swell in the heat. Since I switched from think cotton socks to thin polypropylene, I haven't had a single blister and I had been averaging 7 per trip!

In my case, when I mentioned that I'm a theme park junkie and go to WDW several times each year, the salesman moved me up from a walking shoe to a running shoe. The additional support has made a world of difference and my knee doesn't ache anymore after the Epcot death march!
 

heliumalias

Member
I recently increased the amount of walking that I do each day. Initially I just wore the shoes that I usually wear and got blisters like you wouldn't believe (seriously! there are pics but they're quite nasty). Anyway I went to a running specialist and they looked at my foot gait and also asked what surface i would be walking/running on. I ended up trying out 4-5 pairs of shoes in-store but I haven't had ANY blisters or foot problems since. It's been like going from one extreme to the other. I also got some moisture wicking socks (rather than regular sports socks) which also seem to work quite effectively. I really recommend doing this. I spent quite a lot on the shoes but it's been worth it.

Two things to keep in mind:

1) I'm all for buying things as cheap as possible but I wouldn't go beyond last year's range because the materials in the shoes degrade over time (even when not in use).

2) A good pair of running shoes shouldn't need to be broken in if they fit correctly. I wore mine straight away for a 5 mile walk with no problems.


Also don't go into the store with a preconceived idea of what brand you want. Everyone is different and different feet need different shoes.

If going on any very wet water rides (such as kali river rapids) I recommend taking a pair of flip flops that you can easily throw in a bag so that your shoes don't get ruined. Wet feet + walking = discomfort.
 

hrcollectibles

Active Member
Any soft soled-shoe (supposedly crocs included) can also get caught in escalators. Watch your step, or it could be your last!

Brodie: Listen, not a year goes by, not a year, that I don't hear about some escalator accident involving some ***** kid which could have easily been avoided had some parent - I don't care which one - but some parent conditioned him to fear and respect that escalator.

Brodie: That kid is *back*... on the escalator again!
 

SeaBreeze

New Member


  1. Go to a store with experienced sales personnel and have your foot evaluated. Be sure to tell them that you are a theme park warrior.
  2. The sales person will be able to recommend a line and style of shoe based on the evaluation. Listen to what they say and take their advice - even if the shoe they recommend cost more than you've every spent before. Just do it!

That was my suggestion too and I finally went and got fitted myself. I don't really have any problems but I'm becoming more and more active, so I wanted proper running shoes, especially since I have a high arch. I got fitted for Brooks Adrenaline shoes and cringed at the cost a bit but it has definitely been worth it. They took some breaking in, as all shoes do, but I can feel the difference and have happy feet and ankles now! My other option was Asics but the Brooks just supported my arches better. I definitely recommend getting fitted now that I've done it :lol:
 

pilka214

Active Member
lot of crocs talk in here,

i love my crocs but rarely wear them due to them looking like.... well crocs.... now i know they make new looking styles with the same sole and stuff, and they look like regular shoes.....

HOWEVER... i recommend Ecco shoes. they're the best walking/ hiking shoe i've ever owned.... your feet feel great after a whole day of walking, complelety support your foot, an overall wonderful shoe
 

petersenjp

Well-Known Member
I started running over a year ago, and got fitted for the propper shoe. Now my foot still didn't feel right in the shoe. Well, as people said, socks make a world of difference. Got a good pair of Belega running socks, and I haven't looked back!!!!
 

Arecheri

New Member
My mom has special. Made for her b/c she has severe problems with her feet. But when we go to disney she brings her $30 crocs. She says they are more comfortable for all day walking than her $250 specialty shoes she loves.
 

SeaBreeze

New Member
I started running over a year ago, and got fitted for the propper shoe. Now my foot still didn't feel right in the shoe. Well, as people said, socks make a world of difference. Got a good pair of Belega running socks, and I haven't looked back!!!!

Thanks for the tip :wave:
 

Jessie&Buzz

Active Member
I wore my Crocs to work today and my feet are killing me. I work in an infant room at a childcare. I walked a lot today pushing the babies in their stroller. My feet and legs are hurting now.

About a week ago I went to a running store and they tested me. I now have a nice pair of shoes but because they are new they bother me too. I got a blister on the back of my heal. I need to get thinner socks and break the shoes in. Good thing I have till Oct. The salesman warned me that they might do that till they are broken in.
 

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