Shoe Reviews

  • Women’s Summer Sandal Podiatrist Recommendations

    July 5, 2017

    I was at The Bay in downtown Vancouver and shot a video of what to look for when buying Women’s summer sandals.

    Here are some higher-end options I found while at Nordstrom in Vancouver.

  • Support Stockings and Summer

    July 1, 2017

    Support Stockings and Sandals

    A frequent complaint I hear from some of my patients is that because they wear support (compression) stockings, they can’t wear sandals in the summer. There is, however a way around this problem. Some support stockings are open in the toe. These can be worn with a peep toed shoe. You get the look of a summer shoe and still hide the stockings! Some examples are below.open toe 1open toe 2open toe 3

  • How to Make Your Sandal Perfect!

    June 30, 2017

    So, you can’t find your perfect sandal….don’t sweat it. There are may shoes out there that can, with a bit of magic (also known as the help of a good shoe repair shop) be made into something very workable. The easiest starting point is a flat or gladiator sandal. These always look like they’re going to be comfortable and then you try to spend the day walking in them and find out otherwise.

    There are generally two problems with flat sandals that can be easily remedied. The first is the heel height. If you remember from earlier posts, flats cause an accentuation of pronation motion. I generally suggest a ¾ inch heel elevation relative to forefoot. This can be done by adding the necessary amount to the existing heel of a traditional sandal or by adding a wedge to a gladiator style flat. Something to keep in mind when adding a heel , try bending the sandal first to see if it is flexible enough to accommodate the extra height. It is far easier to add to the heel than to subtract. (When you subtract heel, you are likely to upset the balance of the shoe).

    The next issue is actually ridiculously simple to remedy. Most flat sandals (and other flat shoes in general) don’t have any support in the arch. An arch pad (also known as an arch cookie…so cute, right!) can be purchased from most good shoe repair shops and added to the instep. If your sandal straps are in the right place (see previous general sandal blog), no one will ever know the pad is there.

    I am including a couple of examples. The black sandal is by Michael Kors and was purchased at Browns shoe store. A half inch was added to the heel which originally measured ¼ inch. Also, a leather and sponge arch pad was added. The shoe work was done at The Quick Cobbler in Vancouver.

    The second shoe was done a couple of years ago so I can’t remember where I purchased it. A ¾ inch wedge heel was added as well as an arch pad to make it very wearable. The shoe was originally completely flat.

    green sandal

  • A Word About Sandals

    June 4, 2014

    Ahhh…the elusive comfortable summer sandal…You know the one…It’s cute and you can wear it all day long and not be dying to take them off at the end of the day! Sandals can be difficult so I’ll be breaking this subject into categories. Firstly, what are the elements of a good summer sandal, the everyday variety?
    Heel height is a big issue. Look for something in around the ½ to 1 inch heel height. Flat shoes accentuate abnormal pronation (beware my flat footed friends!) and can put undue strain on the Achilles tendon for those with rigid high arches. Often, they are poorly padded.
    The next thing you need to look at is where the straps are. You should have a fairly substantial strap over the instep (or several narrower ones) as well as some form of backing. The more flexible (flatfoot) the foot, the more important this element becomes. Watch straps over bony prominences. I will address how to fix the nasty strap in the wrong place in a later post (How to Make Your Sandals Perfect).
    If you require some arch support and the sandal is lacking in this department, you can always purchase an arch pad (often referred to as an arch cookie) from a shoe repair and attach it to the sandal. The straps around the arch should hide it!
    Some examples:
    sandal 1

    sandal 2

    sandal 3

    shoe

  • Finally, Spring!

    March 29, 2014

    Spring is in the air…at least that’s what my allergies tell me! So, what to wear on your feet during this difficult to figure out in between “I’m tired of my black boots but it’s too cold for sandal “ season??? Well, to get the feel of the season, perhaps something floral. This seems to be a definite trend this spring. I found these beautiful floral ankle boots at the John Fluevog Store and at Gravity Pope. These are not as heavy as the similar looking Dr. Marten’s, so any easy look for many ages (ie. Cute with a skirt on my 22 year old daughter, but for my crowd, would work with light solid coloured pants). My orthotics fit in easily. There is adequate toe clearance and no seams on the toe box. It does come in some other fun colours (at Fleuvog), but for whatever reason, there seems to be slightly less toe clearance in the solid colours for those with hammer toes.
    “Radios” $285

    fleuvog

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