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  • cubist_zirconia
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    I did mine up with the inset from a worn out pair of adidas high tops. No arch support or anything just a thin piece of rubbery material maybe an 8th of an inch thick but it made a world of differance.

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  • MattRicketts
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    Well, I'm trying Superfeet blue insoles in them today and although they cup my heels a bit better they also raise them up in the boot, meaning that my heels are still slipping more than I'd like. I may try switching these out with the insoles in my Vasque trail running shoes and see if they work any better, but I'm guessing if I decide to keep these they'll be limited to office wear only. I was hoping I could get them comfortable enough to wear on walks around town like so many other people apparently do but I just don't think it's going to be possible.

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  • brooklyn87
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    Ah yeah, you do need to make sure they're not too hefty. I literally just used whatever I had lying around. I have three pairs of DBs, so I used one pair of Merrell insoles, one pair of Brooks, and one pair of Sauconys (old shoes really are good for something!). The bonus is the laugh I get every time my boots are off and someone sees the insoles and goes, "Wow, I didn't know Merrell made desert boots. Those are nice!"

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  • MattRicketts
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    Originally posted by brooklyn87 View Post
    My Clarks DBs killed my feet too - then I put insoles from an old pair of running sneakers in them, and it made ALL the difference in the world. Now they're really comfortable. I definitely recommend trying this - any insole from a pair of shoes with good support (running sneakers, gym sneakers, hiking boots, etc) should make a big difference, and as long as it's roughly the same size as your Clarks (doesn't need to be exact), it'll fit fine.
    Yeah, I thought about trying that and maybe I still will. I have a pair of the SuperFeet copper insoles that mold to your feet in my Asolo hiking/backpacking boots and tried them in my Clarks but they took up too much space and made them too tight. Perhaps I'll try a model (SuperFeet or otherwise) that takes up less volume. What brand/model did you use in yours?

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  • brooklyn87
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    My Clarks DBs killed my feet too - then I put insoles from an old pair of running sneakers in them, and it made ALL the difference in the world. Now they're really comfortable. I definitely recommend trying this - any insole from a pair of shoes with good support (running sneakers, gym sneakers, hiking boots, etc) should make a big difference, and as long as it's roughly the same size as your Clarks (doesn't need to be exact), it'll fit fine.

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  • MattRicketts
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    Yes, I sized down from my usual 10.5 to a 10 and they fit great as far as width and the uppers conforming to my feet (at first I tried size 9.5 and they were too tight), but my heels and soles just haven't adapted like I hoped they would. I just don't think my feet are well suited to the design of these, it's as simple as that. I do have narrow heels so they're pretty sensitive to lack of cushioning, so the hard leather heel cups on the Clark's just don't fit my feet well, even after I've tightened down the laces. Glad they work for the majority of you, but I've concluded they're just not good for my feet.

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  • Fooz
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    I cant get enough of my clark boots. Def need to size down. Very light. I find them to be the most comfortable pair of shoes I own.

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  • Zack Malibu
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    I sized down a half size as well. Found them at Nordstorm Rack which just opened in my area. Bought them on a whim since I had heard the praise, but was hesitant to wear them. Was going to bring them back but figured I'd give them a "test drive", and now I love them.

    For reference, I'm normally a 9 1/2 in most shoes (in some sneakers I'm a 10) and I sized down to a 9. I usually wear thinner socks with the Clarks, and comfort has never been an issue.

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  • ravi
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    Originally posted by Jessy Diamond View Post
    I find mine to be uncomfortable too. My main concern is the lacing. I can't seem to get it rgiht. It's either too loose and my foot slip or too tight and it hurts my foot. Maybe I should have sized down.
    I have the same problem with lacing, but the shoes themselves are pretty comfortable.

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  • nathos
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    I sized down half a size from my normal shoe. Still took about a week of breaking in before they were really comfortable.

    Now I love 'em.

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  • Jessy Diamond
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    I find mine to be uncomfortable too. My main concern is the lacing. I can't seem to get it rgiht. It's either too loose and my foot slip or too tight and it hurts my foot. Maybe I should have sized down.

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  • atoms
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    I tried this on in the store once and I barely took one step before deciding "nope".

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  • passerby
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    Do you wear socks with your Clarks? I recently purchased a pair of taupe suede Clarks too, and I find them to be my most comfortable shoes/boots. Possibly because I went true to size (most people recommend sizing down a half size), and I always wear mine with thicker ankle socks.

    If you've been wearing them sockless or with thin socks, try wearing them with thicker socks and maybe that'll help.

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  • Fred G. Unn
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    FWIW, I found them uncomfortable too. I ended up giving up, consigning my pair, and buying some AE Malverns (in suede) which are one of my favorite pairs of shoes.

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  • mdwsta4
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    I owned a pair (taupe suede too) which I enjoyed, but found uncomfortable after a short period of time. Main reason is because even though I sized down, they were still slightly too large. Insoles, heel pads, or thick socks would have helped a little, but I ended up getting rid of them.

    That said, I've since picked up another pair in a proper fitting size and have found them to be quite comfortable, even after walking 20 miles around cobblestone European roads.

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