I retired over 10 years ago from an occupation where I had to wear suits, nylons and pumps. Being only 5'1" that was tough on the feet. I worked a few years into my illness and I fought really hard to stay in my heels. Balance and "drop foot" are major with ALS. Have you ever fallen in public? Tripped, but caught yourself? Well with ALS balance goes without warning and once you start to trip with " drop foot," there is no righting the inevitable fall. I was so stubborn I learned how to fall. In fact I made it an art form of it. "Drop foot" is dragging your foot, so I was wearing out my expensive shoes on the tops.
When I retired I could not snap, buckle or tie my shoes. Flip flops were a tripping hazard and I was left with slippers or velcro. I was wearing tennis shoes with laces made with elastic that looked like a glittery telephone cord. Big hit with the little kids and worked great. I now wear water socks to the pool and mule tennis shoes outside. I don't spend alot on shoes, but I get pedicures and wear toe rings. I still have that fashionista deep inside.
My favorite shoes are none :) It's a great topic, because it's always a good thing to walk a mile in someone else's shoes.