New Shoe Review – April 2012
The New Shoe Review is published quarterly by Kawartha Total Foot Care Centre chiropodist Nadine Webster. It features helpful unbiased reviews on the latest footwear styles and how they suit different needs for optimal foot health.
Hello. Welcome to my first blog! Being a foot specialist I need to work with and know a lot about shoes. There are many different feet out there and many varieties of shoes from which to choose. I often describe the proper features to look for in a shoe and what type of shoe is best suited for a particular foot or foot problem. This is important, but so is trying it on. A lot of shoes may be great, but they may not be great for you. You are the one wearing them, so you will need to try them on to help you decide. A professional fitting can also help.
Since summer is around the corner, I decided to check out a new line of sandals for women from Aetrex called “Sandalistas.” I was pleased to find many positive features in these sandals which make them both fashionable and functional. These sandals come in a great variety of styles and colours and they all have a cushion memory foam footbed with a mild arch support for extra comfort. The material also has antimicrobial properties which is especially helpful for people with odour concerns.
A lot of the styles have a removable footbed as well. Underneath the footbed are extra cushion pads below the heel and metatarsal heads. These can also be removed to help offload pressure from a metatarsal head that has a corn or extra pressure. This helps customize them for individual foot problems. The other nice thing about the removable footbed is that you can replace it with a custom orthotic. Our patients will often bring sandals in to have us properly fit custom support into it for them. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you have to interrupt your orthotic therapy. These sandals also offer a good option to use in the house instead of bare feet or slippers. Yes, despite all the press lately, bare feet are not the best option. Take it from someone who knows feet best!
These sandals also have a great fastener system meaning that they have several points of adjustment, mostly with hidden Velcro. So, they look more simple and streamlined but you can really adjust them to fit you best if you need more room in one area or if you need it to be more snug. Another nice surprise is that these sandals are available in different widths and half sizes. This is not usually the case and can be frustrating for a lot of people who need that “in-between” size.
For sandals, I think that these new Aetrex are a thumbs up. They may not be what you see Lady Gaga wearing in public, but I bet she might be wearing them after a concert. Don’t forget that feet are your foundation so treat them well. What happens at the base helps give proper support to the rest of your body as well. Here’s to happy feet!
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