I’m 26 years old and I’ve worked standing up most of my life. When I was younger I never paid much attention to shoes and only wore what was cheap. I’ve been more sedentary than active. I’ve been working in a warehouse since October 2011. The usual shift is 9 hours and the floor is concrete. In the beginning my feet would hurt at the end of the day but it wasn’t a big deal. I started exercising in December and lost 50 lbs by April. A few months ago I moved to first shift which required unloading the truck. After a month or two of that I had pain in my arms and upper back and I told my manager I wasn’t going to unload the truck any more. I’ve been back on second shift, like I was when I started, and I felt better for a little while, but now my feet hurt more as well as my lower back. I bought Asics walking shoes around March and they helped for a little while. That was the first time I ever spent $100.00 on shoes. I have 1 flat foot and 1 with an arch and 1 is longer, but I wear the same size shoe on both feet. I’m looking for another job, but in the mean time I wanted to get new shoes. While trying to find which shoes work for people who stand all day, I’ve come across people who say shoes are bad for you. They also say if you must wear shoes, they should have little padding to be close to barefoot. What do you suggest for people who have to stand all day? Do expensive shoes by brands like Nike and asics actually help or do more harm than good? Is there a guide to picking out shoes for my specific feet?