A couple of years ago I realized that my criteria for shoes boils down to: doesn't kill my feet, allows me to walk step on unknown ground with impunity, doesn't look hideously ugly on me (so no pink, purple, mint green and/or bling (basically excludes the set Buttercut describes as pretty)), preferably cheap and strong as I'll wear them until they fall apart, then buy a new pair.
As a result the only shoes I've been wearing for the last 5 years are safety shoes from the local builders market. The one1 exception is a pair of shoes I wear when flying to avoid the hassle steel toes shoes cause at the security check.
1) Yes, "sole" would have been the obviously word choice but I loathe puns.
Reductionist and proud of it.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Benjamin Franklin
Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails. Clarence Darrow
A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. Mark Twain