As you know, I work in the back room of a busy retail store. I’m also somewhat overweight. And I’m old. Which all adds up to me not being best of friends with my feet.
I need recommendations for a good pair of footwear that will last at least six months, although a year would be preferrable. I’ve been wearing New Balance athletic shoes, and although I tend to wear them way past their effective date, any support or cushioning features are long gone in a couple months, max. I don’t mind paying a fair price for a durable, quality product. I prefer black, but that is not a requirement. I’m not opposed to boots, and in fact a light, comfortable duty-type boot would offer certain advantages. I do require a wide width, but otherwise no specialized size, style, material, etc. There is no official requirement other than a closed toe, and it’s not like I’d be fool enough to wear hippy Birkenstocks under any circumstances, especially not for work.
Also, any suggestions on socks and/or inserts, insoles, or other items that either help in the comfort department or extend the service life of the shoes would be appreciated.