rachmakescakes Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 6:05pm
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After a long day of cake decorating, my feet are always killing me! You'd think it'd be my arms and hands but it's definitely my feet.

I've heard those Croc shoes are really supportive and comfortable but I don't want to buy them until I get a couple of opinions.

Does this happen to anyone else? What shoes do you wear when you decorate?

Thanks!

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tysmom Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 6:07pm
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I have heard the crocs are awesome - but I have not tried a pair YET. I usually wear my tennis shoes or my really comfortable sandals.

Chefgirl Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 6:07pm
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My feet and legs are always tired after a full day of baking and decorating. I just wear my nikes! They definitely help, but I'd be up for trying something else. But I'm with you, I don't want to buy something until I've heard some other opinions!

mgdqueen Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 6:10pm
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I wear a pair of Gel cushioned Aasics. They are very comfortable. I have heard the same thing about Crocs, but tried a pair on and couldn't get over the SIZE of my feet with them on!! I have big feet anyway, but I felt like I was literally wearing clown shoes. I wanted to like them, just couldn't. icon_cry.gif

mewie Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 6:15pm
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My daugther is a chef and swears by Birkenstock Kitchen Clogs, she will not wear anything else! A little on the expensive side, but she says worth every penny at the end of the day.

Katydidz Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 6:22pm
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I used to work at a European Shoe store and we sold a LOT of Crocs. They may look silly on but you're feet will love you. As an added bonus they are rubberized so if you happen to drop a glob of BC or Royal on your foot (am I the only one that does that) you're ok. I don't actually own a pair of the Crocs, I decorate in my tennies or my Dansko's. I think the most important thing is to give your feet support. Don't decorate in your bare feet/socks/slippers, you're feet need a lot more help than that on a kitchen floor.

Monica0271 Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 6:45pm
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My daugther is a chef and swears by Birkenstock Kitchen Clogs, she will not wear anything else! A little on the expensive side, but she says worth every penny at the end of the day.




icon_surprised.gif There is a Birkenstocks here. I will go & see if they have any there cause my feet & back kill me! Thanks for the info. This is one of the millions of reasons that I LOVE Cake Central.

Ksue Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 6:49pm
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Ditto with my chef-daughter. Birki's all the way!

cakeatty Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 6:49pm
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I wear the Crocs and I won't wear anything else now when I bake/decorate. Both my DH and I refer to them as my "ugly shoes" but by the time I get done with my cakes and my feet aren't killing me, I love them so much, it doesn't matter that I think they're ugly icon_smile.gif

da_goof Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 6:55pm

ok i guess i the only stupid one here lol i bake and in my bare feet i hate shoes maybe that is way my feet allways are swollen at the end of the day. but good excusse not to cook or anything lol.

what are crocsany way I have never heard of them...

Chefgirl Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 6:59pm

Okay, now I have to know, which Birkenstocks are they? I was looking online and I see professional, professional air and super birkis. Which ones are the "kitchen clogs"? I may have to buy them and try them out!

sectheatre Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 7:02pm

I have a pair of crocs too- actually I have the Payless generic equivalent (like 15.00) and they are wonderful!! I tried on the real thing and couldn't tell a difference at all from my "fake" ones.

My wife calls them my "craps" because they are so ugly, but I love them.

Note: I bought a pair of the new thong style croc sandles this weekend. Less ugly and same great support.

Fyi: Crocs are these rubber like shoes that are very light and supportive on your feet. Look like butt but feel like heaven.

mewie Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 7:08pm

Hi--Sorry I had to look on line to make sure they were the right ones, since shes not here to ask icon_sad.gif . She has and always worn the Birkenstock Black Professional Clogs--$90.00, I know, because Mom and Dad paid for them! thumbs_up.gif

lehall2006 Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 7:08pm

Mario Batali wears crocs. Nothing like a celebrity chef stamp of approval! icon_biggrin.gif

tye Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 7:13pm

i was curious if the knock-offs would have the same effect... i HAVE to get some.. i baked all weekend and ended up soaking my feet at the end of the day. i normally go bare footed too but i cant do that when i have a full day of decorating....

Monica0271 Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 7:14pm
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Mario Batali wears crocs. Nothing like a celebrity chef stamp of approval!




I have wondered why he was wearing those ugly things. icon_lol.gif now I know!

Do you know what chain store sells crocs??

lehall2006 Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 7:23pm

I've seen crocs at lots of different stores: TJ Maxx, various shoe stores, and even some camping goods stores like REI. I'd suggest ordering from zappos.com, though. They have the best prices and ship really fast. Best of all, if you don't like them, you can send them back for a full refund, including the shipping fees!

Monica0271 Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 7:38pm

OK thank you for your quick response. I am going to go check some compy shoes out tonight. I dont care if there ugly! icon_lol.gif

rachmakescakes Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 7:50pm

Thanks for all of the advice! I usually wear running shoes but I still have sore feet at the end of the day. I still think it's kind of odd b/c I run 3 to 4 miles 4 or 5 times a week but I can't stand up and decorate a cake.

The girl that told me about Crocs said that nurses wear them because bacteria can't live on them. I guess that's the only con to buying the knock-offs.

lehall2006 Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 7:56pm

That's true -- they remain bacteria free, which also means that they don't smell.

Karenelli Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 7:58pm

I just love this site. I did two cakes this weekend and my feet and back were killing me. I just spoke to a friend and told her that I was going to go on CC and find out what you all do, if you had that problem and voila, here is the thread.

Thanks for the input. I'll have to check out crocs.

SugarFrosted Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 10:36pm

My DH bought one of those thick rubber mats, like are used in restaurant kitchens, for me to stand on while working on cakes. The kind we have is 3'x3' (with holes every few inches, and divided into 3 rows of 3 1'x1' blocks) but we cut it into 3 strips, 1' wide x 3' long. I can scoot them to where I want them , like around my table, or in a row along my counter. They make a big difference in how tired my feet and legs are at the end of the day. Not very pretty, but very effective!

Good Luck! thumbs_up.gif

Monica0271 Posted 26 Jun 2006 , 11:05pm

I went to Birkenstocks & tried them on. I love them!! They had Crocs, but I like the Birkenstocks alot better. I am going to have get me some Birkenstocks when I can save the money.

Softangelkisses Posted 27 Jun 2006 , 2:39am

Oh my goodness! Go for the CROCS! I had never even heard of them until DH bought me a pair when I hurt my back (I am a nurse)! I now have 2 pairs (pink and khaki) and am looking at the light blue!! Sooo nice and highly recommended from someone who is on her feet no matter which job (nursing or cake decorating)~

Melscakes Posted 4 Aug 2006 , 5:04am

wow this site is THE BEST!!! thumbs_up.gif

My Feet are ALWAYS hurting after I finish a cake, so I usually just go to sleep..lol

I stumbled upon this thread by accident, and Im so glad I did. The funny thing about it is, my boss started wearing those shoes (crocs). She recently broke her leg, and Just the other day we were commenting on her little colorful "clogs". She said they were comfortable, and I couldnt beleive how light weight they were. I always see the nurses @ my job wear them but... I had no idea that my fellow cake makers wore them for comfort!! icon_biggrin.gif

PieceofCakeAZ Posted 4 Aug 2006 , 5:17am

If this is your business and you are cranking out multiple cakes every week, I highly recommend getting one of these:

http://www.healthfitnessstore.com/medirub_foot.html

They are expensive but totally worth it. I can be working for 10 hours and sit down with the Medi-rub for 5 minutes and my feet feel brand new and ready to go back to work.

coffeecake Posted 4 Aug 2006 , 5:20am

katydidz wrote :

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They may look silly on but you're feet will love you. As an added bonus they are rubberized so if you happen to drop a glob of BC or Royal on your foot (am I the only one that does that) you're ok




Too funny! Sometimes I wonder if anything I am wearing does NOT have BC or Royal in it by the time I am finished!

We recently remodeled and one of the most important things in the kitchen was comfort for my all day and all nighters - we went with a all hardwood floor. I usually wear by regular Birk sandles (that traditional old Fred Flinstone type).

My birthday is coming up - may have to request some chipping in from the sibs for a pair of crocs party.gifparty.gif

arosstx Posted 4 Aug 2006 , 5:30am
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Look like butt but feel like heaven.




I am still cracking up laughing from reading that!!! icon_smile.gif

I have the 'other' crocs, called 'Nothinz' - got them at the Texas State Fair and love, love, love them. I also got wannabe's at Walmart for $7 - like them almost as much, especially for the money - plus they're bright lime green! The crocs and nothinz you can find online sometimes w/ free shipping and no tax.

Ugly but comfy - works for me!

NanaD Posted 4 Aug 2006 , 5:33am

I don't know anything about crocs but I do know about Birkenstocks. I live down the road from where they make them. A couple of years ago I bought 2 pair. Soon after that I had to have surgery on my foot. The doctor (German) said it was the shoes. He said everyone can not wear them. Just be careful....The surgery was not fun. thumbsdown.gif

butterflyjuju Posted 4 Aug 2006 , 6:51pm

I have both the Walmart kind and the ones from Payless. I love them they are the only shoes I can wear and shop all day without my feet killing me. I have like over 5 pair of them...lol. Hubby thinks they look ridiculous but I say go for comfort.

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