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#1 Matt Graff

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 08:54 PM

Hello,

I have been working on a set for a bit now and I just can not find any good shoes that are comfortable, I know that they will be sore at the end of the day regaurdless but I was wondering if you guys had a special brand/style that you love.

Matt
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#2 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 08:57 PM

I remember ACs discussed this topic before. Did you make a research ?
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 10:57 PM

Here it is: http://www.cinematog...n...ic=7144&hl=
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 11:45 PM

I found that I have shitty feet: Low arch, small, wide. Nothing's comfortable after standing for a while. Just deal with it. I got some cheap skechers sneakers.
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#5 Matt Graff

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 11:52 PM

That really helped me out!

Thank you
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#6 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 11:58 PM

Ones with little rocket motors in them :D
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#7 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 12:23 AM

I found that I have shitty feet: Low arch, small, wide. Nothing's comfortable after standing for a while. Just deal with it. I got some cheap skechers sneakers.

Good shoes make a huge difference, especially when you're standing on a concrete soundstage floor for 12 hours a day. Get yourself a pair of Merrells Josh. You'll notice the difference the first day you wear them.
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Posted 15 November 2006 - 01:21 AM

Tried 'em, can't wear 'em. The only ones I liked were the moccassins, and the ones that weren't too lose pinched my toes, and the ones that didn't pinch my toes were too loose. There was only one size (maybe half size) difference between the two. It's just something I have to live with.
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#9 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 02:08 AM

By the way, there's a reason why construction workers wear what shoes they wear. Those are made for standing around and being on your feet all day.

Go to your local construction site and take a few notes and see how those boots work for ya. Otherwise, just go for a nice flat soled pair of New Balance, always extremely comfy.

You can also go to your local ski shop and get a pair of insoles that are molded from your foot. Those work wonders.

Edited by Jonathan Bowerbank, 15 November 2006 - 02:09 AM.

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#10 Hal Smith

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 02:28 AM

Otherwise, just go for a nice flat soled pair of New Balance, always extremely comfy.

I'll second New Balance shoes. I put a nail though my right foot when a kid and as a result I'm real sensitive to shoe arch support. If I wear cheap, or poorly designed shoes my right foot gets to aching after a couple of hours on my feet. That never happens with my New Balance walkers. A plus is that they come in multiple widths, you can find the exact size and width for your feet.
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#11 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 01:21 PM

I'm sure we've all heard the advice Spielberg gave to Sam Mendes:

"Wear comfortable shoes."

They make all the difference.
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#12 Christophe Collette

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 05:02 PM

I have a pair of Birkenstock Montana, I find them to be quite comfortable all day long. You can also purchase birkenstock insoles and just fit them in your favorite pair of sneakers. I also have a pair of New Balance 574, they are great as well but nothing beats Birkenstock. Believe me, I litterally tried and onwed every possible brand of serious footwear; Asolo, Salomon, LaSportiva, Meindl, Zamberlan...

Hope this helps!
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#13 Paul Maibaum ASC

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 08:23 PM

Change shoes at the end of the day for the drive/ride home. You will feel like you have new feet.
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Posted 20 November 2006 - 09:08 PM

By the way, there's a reason why construction workers wear what shoes they wear. Those are made for standing around and being on your feet all day.

Go to your local construction site and take a few notes and see how those boots work for ya. Otherwise, just go for a nice flat soled pair of New Balance, always extremely comfy.

You can also go to your local ski shop and get a pair of insoles that are molded from your foot. Those work wonders.

as a lighting cameraman/director doing a lot of running around on the floors + climbing on to greenbeds and permanents, i'm pretty comfortable with a no-frills, (clunky looking, like a '50's DeSoto , though !)'woodlands' construction boots for the past 4 years or so. i even wore a pair during a trans-himalayan trip in ladakh in the middle of last winter ! however, the army guys (with whom i had barracked for about a week) advised me to wear their own standard-issue snow shoes to avoid frostbite! keep on truckin' :) rajkumar
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#15 Michael Collier

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 10:04 PM

If your not working in the cold, I find some skateboard shoes work great. The soles are huge and they are always very comfortable. Check out DC shoes or mumfords.
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#16 Michael LaVoie

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 10:46 PM

For the most comfortable on set shoes ever
I recommend these:Garmont
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#17 Luke Prendergast

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 12:20 AM

Good thick COTTON socks can make all the difference to comfort. In fact I get around in socks on set when I think I can get away with it.
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Posted 21 November 2006 - 12:51 AM

Depends what your role is/ where you are performing that role. If I am operating in a house/office/urban area I just wear Reebok classics, but if there is more trecherous terrain underfoot I go for Timberland boots (but they get too hot inside and are not very flexible/agile for operating, but if you are gaffing/gripping, especially outside, Timbo's are great).
I second the part about the socks too, nice sock that are thick but "Breathe" are very helpful (I got some good ones from footlocker that were padded on the botom but were thinner/more porous on top).
Cheers.

Edited by Tomas Koolhaas, 21 November 2006 - 12:52 AM.

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#19 Michael Nash

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 04:08 AM

Two things:

1) Everyone's feet are different, so the find the support that works for your own feet an posture.

2) INSOLES!! They have saved my feet and back for the last 15 years. Not the crappy air-pillow things, but something better like Spenco's from a sporting goods store. For me a little extra heel support makes all the difference in my back and general fatigue level. Buy shoes a size larger if need be to make room for the insoles. It's worth it.
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Posted 21 November 2006 - 06:46 PM

Right before I started working on sets, I was a mailman for six months walking about 7 miles a day on average.

Get some really good, higher end running shoes. New Balance or Aasic in particular. They'll last a good while, and they're damn worth the price. If they start giving out, get some Dr Scholl's reinforcement. They never fail me, and I'm TERRIBLE at standing. I have big and freakishly high-arched feet, these are the best shoes to get I'm tellin ya.
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