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Monday, April 16, 2012

Dr. Scholl’s Advanced Comfort shoes vs. New Balance Athletic Walking shoes

I work in an industry where standing for long periods and walking is required. I wrote in an earlier blog post about my experience with leg, knee, and foot pain as well as my reaction. The pain was so severe that I needed to take over the counter pain medications and use a topical ointment. So I know that I need very comfortable shoes to lessen leg, knee, and foot pain. 

Dr. Scholl's Advanced Comfort shoes
Serene style




New Balance Athletic Walking Shoes
The first pair of shoes that I bought were women’s Dr. Scholl’s Advanced Comfort shoes, Serene style. These shoes cost me about $25 at a Walmart store. They have an upper made of leather and man-made materials. There are adjustable straps, instead of shoe laces for a better fit. These Dr. Scholl’s shoes have a gel cushion insole to absorb shock and a soft lining. The thing about them is that they feel comfortable for about 30 minutes. However, after about 2 hours of standing, your feet start to feel very tired and sore. So, I purchased some Dr. Scholl’s Massaging gel insoles to go on the inside of these shoes. These insoles can be purchased for about $10- $12 at most retail stores.

Now these insoles did improve the comfort level and support of the Dr. Scholl’s shoes. At the same time, my feet and legs still felt a little sore by the end of my shift. Just to give you an idea of what the comfort levels were, I’ll try to describe them on a scale of 1- 10, with 10 being the highest comfort level. When I was using the Dr. Scholl’s Advanced Comfort shoes without additional insoles, my comfort level was about a 5.  My comfort level wearing the shoes with additional insoles was about 6.5.

I think that somehow your feet adapt to insoles and sort of build up a “tolerance” to them. Or, it could be that insoles don’t last very long if you’re using them all the time. They seem to lose the power to absorb the shock and the rigors of heavy use. Either way, I noticed that my feet weren’t feeling as comfortable after using the insoles for a few months. Therefore, I went out and purchased a pair of New Balance Athletic Walking shoes, model MW475BK in early April 2012.


I bought mine at Sears on sale for $50. It is funny because the shoes that I bought are actually made for men. I got them because Sears was out of the size that I needed in the women’s version. You can hardly differentiate between men and women’s variations.  It is more advantageous to wear the men's version.  They are wider than the women's version and have lots of wiggle room. Plus, I earned a few points through their Shop Your Way Rewards program. They are solid black, in lace up style, with a leather upper and a rubber outsole.

My comfort level in wearing the New Balance MW475BK is about 8.5-9.  This doesn’t really surprise me, because New Balance is a brand known for being a leader in providing well constructed and comfortable footwear. My feet felt like I was walking on air the very first time that I wore them. I still wear these shoes. I can’t say that I don’t feel any pain at all, even since using New Balance. At least I don’t go home feeling like my feet are stiff and on fire. I take Advil pain relief tablets from time to time and I no longer need a topical pain ointment for my legs and feet. The New Balance walking shoes were well worth the money that I spent and them some.

Aside from lack of adequate comfort, Dr. Scholl’s Advanced Comfort shoes are not as durable as New Balance shoes. I noticed that a few of the threads were coming out of the Dr. Scholl’s shoes after a month of use. Dr. Scholl’s Advanced Comfort shoes are only good for light use and occasional walking. New Balance is a shoe better suited for lots of walking and standing for long periods. 


As for the ability to handle slippery surfaces, these particular style of New Balance fail, while these Dr. Scholl’s shoes does a better job. I was walking across a wet floor in my New Balance shoes and I started to slide. I never had this problem with my Dr. Scholl’s shoes.

When it comes to helping to provide comfort to people whom have major foot problems like plantar fasciitis, I am not sure how well either of these shoes would address the problems. Perhaps, more specialized products, such as Dr. Scholl's custom fit orthotics or Good Feet insoles would be helpful.  If all else fails then a doctor visit is best.  For people that don't have major foot problems, I would say that spending an extra few dollars on a pair of good shoes like New Balance is best. The final verdict is New Balance walking shoes beats Dr. Scholl’s Advanced Comfort shoes hands down, when it comes to comfort and support.

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