moving on from hats to shoes:
Without going into specifics, have a problem with one foot. Yes, finally went to doc; "Try this orthotic, if it doesn't help we'll try another(far more expensive) one", etc. First didn't help, and I didn't really like the idea of another copay and another orthotic cost, over and over.
About a month ago was in Academy(before they decided to wuss-out on EBRs) and found they had the previous model Skele-Toes shoes on sale; they're one of the 'minimal' running shoes*, with toes. I've had several people tell me they'd helped with their foot troubles, and figured at worst I'd have a pair of shoes to wear in the yard & garden.
Well, they do help; no idea why. No padding, just the sole to protect the foot and light upper to keep the sole in place. They do take a little getting used to, but that didn't take long. Bad thing for this time of year: they are NOT warm, so have mostly worn them around the house and indoors, outdoors when it's not too cold. Weird thing is riding a bicycle; feels a LOT like being barefoot, which was kind of weird. They do tend to slip more on the pedals than standard soles(or bare feet).
So, for what it's worth, they work for me.
*I still want to know, since the damn things are minimal and don't have all the fancy padding and crap, why do they cost so much?