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Back to School in the OTBT Kalamazoo


I used to teach middle school back in the 90s. One day in September of 1997, my feet started to hurt. I blamed it on my new purple suede Hush Puppies loafers that I was breaking in, but when I woke up the next morning, the pain had multiplied through my body–knees, fingers, shoulders, neck. An accurate diagnosis would come three months later–rheumatoid arthritis. I was only 27. How would I make it through the day teaching large classes of 7th and 8th graders? How would I circulate through the classroom checking homework and lending help? How could I teach lessons and supervise learning groups every 40 minutes from 8:00-3:00 when my swollen feet throbbed? My shoe selection was limited to those stiff loafers, beautiful as they were , OR my gym shoes.

A pair of trusty black Danskos came to my aid later in the school year, but look how far we’ve come, baby! I remain a Dansko loyalist, but appreciate the breadth of comfort shoe choices even from brands that don’t necessarily fall into the comfort brand category. The OTBT Kalamazoo wraps up all the right “teacher shoe” ingredients in one unique closed-toe clog/flat/mary jane. Take a look:

OTBT footbed

OTBT toe box

OTBT adjustable
The OTBT Kalamazoo is available in whole and half sizes 5.5-10, 11. Best fits a medium to slightly wide foot. $109 at, free shipping; $108.95 at Nordstrom, free shipping and returns; $108.95 at, free shipping and exchanges, $108.95 at Sahalie plus shipping, $108.95 at Amazon, free shipping.

See my other OTBT recommendation, the OTBT Springfield.

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4 Responses to Back to School in the OTBT Kalamazoo

  1. Sarah Jean Ballard says:

    Super cute! Love these!!!!

  2. Judith Elliott says:

    These are really cut. I’ve been looking for shoes for school.

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  4. Sumi says:

    They sound good until I see the “rounded” toe box. Great if your toes slope from big toe to little toe. But like many people, mine don’t,. They’re close to the same length. So to have room for them all in this style, I’d have to buy shoes two sizes too big. Clown shoes. Even Birkenstocks slope. When you do find squared off toe boxes like Dansko, the heel is big and sloppy while the forefoot is narrow. No room for bunions. The old style Keens worked but the narrower lasts of the past few years ruled them out. I’m wearing men’s old Keens with big thick Birkenstock inserts. It would be great if there were pretty or even pretty-ish or interesting looking flats that were my foot-shaped.

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