A Word About Sandals

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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:
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