Shoe Reviews

  • Shopping For Pumps – Again (Part 3)

    December 10, 2017

    Pictures taken at Gravity Pope -Vancouver, BC

    Zinda-2881

    Made in Spain.
    About 2” block heel
    Shallow toe box and instep. Does not stay on heel. Nice leather and nice looking shoe.

    https://www.gravitypope.com/products/zinda-2881-neg-2881

    Zinda – 1800

    3” spike heel
    Dying just a little bit inside this shoe…ouch!

    https://www.gravitypope.com/products/zinda-1800-ndi-1

    Audley – Martina 18503

    Made in Spain. Designed in Italy. (I e-mailed the company and received this information in Spanish. Hopefully, I have translated correctly!)
    2” block heel
    Nice heel height, toe and arch coverage. A bit of heel slippage. The crepe sole is comfortable. A bit chunky looking.

    https://www.gravitypope.com/products/audley-18503-blk
    https://www.audleyshoes.com/en-GB/martina-shoes-382

    Camper – Alright K200487

    1” wide kitten heel
    Low heel and very comfortable foot bed (removable) but shallow. I found I was sliding at heel and gapping at the instep.

    https://www.gravitypope.com/collections/camper/products/camper-k200487-004-alright

    Camper – Kara K200557

    2 3/4” block heel.
    I felt this shoe should be a lot more comfortable for this level of ugly! These were quite chunky looking and my heel was slipping right out.

    https://www.gravitypope.com/products/camper-k200557-001-kara
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     Hispanitas – MH175697

    Made in Spain
    2” block heel
    I loved everything about the fit and heel height. I tried on the 37 which was too big. There was no 36 in the black or I would have likely ended my search and brought this one home!

    https://www.gravitypope.com/products/hispanitas-mhi75697-blk

    Michael Kors – Lucy

    3” stacked heel
    Comfortable foot bed. I was surprised to feel a little squished in what appears to be a nice rounded toe box. The heel fit was quite sloppy so I think the squeeze up front was caused by my foot sliding forward.

    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/michael-michael-kors-lucy-flex-round-toe-pump-women/4333803

    https://www.gravitypope.com/products/michael-by-michael-kors-40t6lcmp1l01-blk-lucy-flex-pump

    Slack London – 16856

    1” block heel.
    Made in Spain.
    I couldn’t last a day in these despite the low heel!

    https://www.gravitypope.com/products/slack-london-16856-b-y

    Fluevog – Gracias

    1 1/2” hell height.
    Ridiculously comfortable, but alas, really weird look:(. The heel height is perfect and I felt very stable. The strap make the fit very secure and the foot bed is comfortable….maybe these would look good with pants??

    https://www.gravitypope.com/products/fluevog-gracias-blk-gracias
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    Coclico – Jung

    2 1/2” stacked heel
    Made in Spain
    Pointy toe with ankle strap
    I don’t know why I didn’t expect to like this one, but it was a very pleasant surprise!
    You could easily tuck a small arch pad in this one. The heel was stable and I felt very secure in this shoe. This is also a strong contender!

    https://www.gravitypope.com/products/coclico-3029-blk-jung
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    In case you missed it, read my pump reviews while at J Walk Shoes

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  • Shopping For Pump – Next! Part 2

    November 25, 2017

    Pictures taken at J walk Shoes – Oakridge Mall, Vancouver

    International (Made in Japan)

    Reasonably good grip on heel and not too much squeeze in toe box. Nice heel height (1 1/2”).

    2” heel. Nice fit and really good for bunions. The fabric over the bunion area gives to allow extra room.

    Vaneli Dank Cap Toe Pump

    I was not able to find where these shoes are made but they are distributed by Wolff Shoe Co. These also have a nice fit in the heel and toe box. The heel is about 2 1/4” high and the shoe nicely padded. They were just slightly shallow for my high arched foot but would work well for a mild flat foot,

    Also available at:

    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vaneli-dank-cap-toe-pump-women/4419070

     

    Beautifeel (Made in Israel)

    These may be my new favourite brand of pumps! They have an all around good fit and comfortable foot bed. The heels all feel stable.

    Calla

    I love these!! The heel fits snugly. The toe box is adequate. The heel is very stable and measures 2 1/2”. The foot bed is comfortably cushioned. These are definitely my number one contender. These would likely fit well for bunions.

    Also available at:

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    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/beautifeel-calla-pump-women/3794257

     

    Passion

     

    These were also surprisingly comfortable. The heel height is 2 3/4”, slightly higher than I would normally wear, but they really didn’t feel that high nor did I feel unstable, even with the narrower heel. I didn’t like the fit quite as much as I liked the Calla, but it was still worth considering and a strong second choice. These would probably work well with bunions.

    Best available price at Amazon

     

     

    Fizz Reen (Made in Japan)

    This a brand I had never heard of and could find little information on other than it comes from Japan. The heel height was 1 1/2” and was stable the straps were not binding and I felt secure in the shoe. I would have liked slightly more coverage on the sides. These may be a problem for bunions but would be good for a dorsal bunion (bump at the top of the big toe joint.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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