Shoe Reviews

  • Cute meets Comfortable – Naot Lako Brogue

    October 29, 2013

    naotIf you’re looking for something to wear with pants or jeans, I found an adorable brogue style shoe by Naot (Naot Lako Brogue). The leather is soft. The seams are not heavy and the foot bed is removable for those who wear a full length orthotic. The heel height is about 1 “ (sorry…didn’t have my ruler with me). The shoe is light weight compared to other similar styles and at a fairly reasonable price point ($199 at Ronsons).

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  • Pump pick of the season: Audley Forin

    October 29, 2013

    Fortunately, this shoe has not changed a bit since last season! The heel is solid, well placed and stable. It measures 3 ½ “ at the back, but has a 1” platform at the front to give an overall heel height of 2 ½”…so it just squeaks into the wearable heel height category. The upper is a soft leather with no stitching so there will be some give to accommodate lumps and bumps. It hugs quite high onto the foot so it works quite well whether you have a flat foot or a high arch. My friend and I both tried this one on and fell in lust. I found this gem at Gravitypope in Vancouver and it retails for $255. It did not go on sale at the end of last season. (I did patiently try to wait it out!)

    If you’re looking for a “go to” black pump, this is your baby!

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  • Do I have to wear ugly shoes if I need orthotics?

    October 3, 2013

    I am a shoe lover, but I’m a podiatrist, too. The question I get asked most often is, “Do I have to wear ugly shoes if I need orthotics?” The quick answer to that is, NO! I hate ugly shoes and I don’t expect my patients to wear them. So….what to wear?


    One of my favourite shoes for fall is actually a dress boot. It’s quite easy to find one with a heel that is 1 1/2 inches or less and with a zipper (as opposed to a pull on). A zipper makes it easy to pull the boot on without displacing the orthotic (and without swearing).

    An orthotic can be debulked to fit into a dress boot by using a thin topcover ( my favourite is 1/16 inch nylene). The orthotic will need to be narrowed slightly and any block style heel removed. I like to use an old orthotic for this since you will lose a little bit of the correction. So, if you get a new orthotic for your runners, your old running shoe orthotic can be used for this purpose.


    What I really like about boots is that they can be worn with a dress or skirt. Since the heel is not high, you actually walk around comfortably.

    By tammy gracen


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