Previously, as in until about 2 weeks ago, I had blue high-tops with Tweety on them. They were the right size and had no arch support and I wore them until they ripped out completely. Since then I have had to come to the conclusion that my Cons, which are tolerable for short periods, are slightly on the small side (men's 5) and have too much arch support for comfort, which meant buying new shoes.
I do not like to buy shoes. I'm not much on shopping for clothes in general, but shoes are a particular pain because most shoes are made for people with arches in their feet and there isn't any way that I know of to make shoes with arches comfortable for me. Doc Martens are my favorite, and Cons were tolerable but they sold out to Nike since the last time I bought them. I asked about this a few months ago and got two recommendations, in addition to checking out New Balance, which doesn't make the style of shoe I want. The recommendations I got were for Blackspots
and No Sweat
. I ended up getting No Sweat, since they're sold in the Boston area and Blackspots aren't, and I like trying clothes on before I buy them.
No Sweat are very close visually to Converse, but they have no arch support at all. Many of you are thinking "but wait, Cons don't have any arch support" and you're wrong, wrong with string, wrong on toast. Cons do have arch support, it's just that your defective archy feet can't feel it. For me it's a lump in the middle of my foot.
No Sweat uses some kind of sizing convention that has a conversion chart that really only serves to make it clear that it's not American sizing and it's not UK sizing and it's not a couple of other things. I don't know what the sizes really correspond to, but their 6 was about the same as my Converse men's 5s, and their 7 is about the same as my men's 6 Docs. I got the 7s because part of the point was something bigger than a men's 5. Like Docs, there are no half sizes. I found the conversion chart not to match up with what I think my shoe sizes are, so if you're looking at buying these get them somewhere that you can try them on.
I'm very happy.
Also, I would like to find a home for my Converse, since I will no longer be wearing them. I have two pairs of men's 5 Cons (about a women's 7?), one pair of red high-tops, one pair of light green low-tops. They're starting to get a little worn but are still in pretty decent shape. I will give them to whoever wants them, though if more than one person does people in my neck of the woods get first crack because I'm lazy and not mailing things is free. I will even give them to you with my awesome shoelaces, black with stars in the green ones and leopard print in the red ones.