I am doing clinical work at a hospital right now, and I'm on my feet half the time, and sitting for the other half. There's a lot of running up and down cold, hard stairs and walking up and down cold, hard hallways.
I have to dress professionally, but that evidently just means "not jeans" and a non-t-shirt under my lab coat. I can get away with fairly casual shoes (but not Vibrams). I was wearing a 1" heel, but my back, neck, and knees started to kill me...I think all of my time in Vibrams has made it impossible to stand/walk in heels very much anymore. I'll save them for events where I'm mostly sitting!
Anyway, I'm not sure which direction to go. I tried wearing totally flat, relatively thin-soled moccasin-style shoes, and they were ok, but my feet still hurt later. I am guessing it's because of the hard floor. I am not overweight at all if that is relevant to questions of foot/joint stress.
Do I stick with the flat-soled or do I get something cushier? Reasoning? Other solutions?