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I was in the Navy for Eleven years.
I have gotten use to various types of footwear.
Dress, low and top boots, tenny and running, sandels, flip flops etc.
I have never truely had any problems with my feet until I played seriously in Tourneys for Disc Golf.
I am use to steel toed boots. This is what I use to play in.
They provided me with support (ankles), protected my feet from hazards of the woods, and helps me concentrate on my footwork for drives. The other footwear I use (I use about 30% of the time while Disc Golfing) is the straped sandels with and with out socks.
Last year I developed "Plantar Fasciitis" on my right foot.
I stretch prior to competing, and sleep with a special brace. I even bought a shoe insert for my boots. When really bad, I roll on a tennis ball.
After playing Sarasota, I now have problems with my right Achilles Tendon.
Also, The pressure points (heels, ball of feet) have really harden or calyst up and are even painfull. I have used sanding stones to wear away the dry, dead calysts but now that makes them tender to the touch.
This is where you input your experiences and solutions.............
i wear the new nike livestrong model. they are superlight, have enough support but are also very flexible in all directions. tying them tight is like having nothing on your feet, except that you get great traction on tee pads and other areas alike. they aren't waterproof (though it wouldn't matter if you decided not to wear socks) and they aren't crazy durable hiking boots. when wearing these, i make sure not to go overboard on where a trudge.
i think anything that is light with good traction is the best choice, because you want your foot to be able to move when you're throwing. if your foot is locked in where you plant, the action of throwing around your completely stable leg will create a lot of torque on your knee and could eventually be very painful (see Tiger Woods).
i say go for a light cross trainer, and on those days that the weather is wet or the course is roughed up a bit, revert back to the boots or the sandals, but not too much. i bet you'll find once you have a good pair of disc golf shoes, you won't want to go back. i've picked up a lot of accuracy and distance just by switching to this shoe.
My shoes are pretty much just tennis shoes, but the insoles I have are awesome. They're called super feet, and they're pretty much just hard plastic that's shaped like the bottom of your foot. I wear them everyday at work and every time I go disc golfing and my feet never get sore. mine are half soles, so they were a bit cheaper, but they have full soles as well.