Orthaheel becomes Vionic with Orthaheel Technology!


One of my very favorite brands has just gone through a change of name, but not a change in identity. Orthaheel is now Vionic with Orthaheel Technology. What’s the point of that? Apparently the company decided that it didn’t want to just be associated with orthopedic shoes; they are stylish too! So that’s why they changed the name. But having the “with Orthaheel Technology” lets you know that the shoes still have all the fabulous orthopedic features that you’d expect from any Orthaheel shoe. Vionic with Orthaheel Technology makes an already great product sound even fancier!

Is there any difference between the old brand’s footwear and the new? Virtually none, with one minor exception: Shoes that had been branded as Weil by Orthaheel (those designs attributed to wellness expert, Dr. Andrew Weil), are now part of the Vionic with Orthaheel Technology collection. All of the shoes contain the same outstanding Tri-Planar Motion Control footbed, which helps restore the foot’s neutral alignment and provides orthotic support and stability. Vionic with Orthaheel Technology continues to receive the endorsement of Dr. Andrew Weil and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

The flagship model is the Tide – and newly introduced is the Tide II. What’s the difference between the two models? The Tide II contains leather in its upper, whereas the original Tide was completely synthetic. The footbeds are the same, and I absolutely love how they make my feet feel. These shoes are perfect for warm weather, and are the most affordable means I have found to have orthotic properties in a flip flop. And the best part: they look like stylish flip flops. Even my  persnickety children, who refuse to have anything to do orthotic anything, think that these look absolutely great and would happily wear them. (Which makes me happy since these shoes give them much needed support!)

Check out all the great models by Vionic with Orthaheel Technology. They have the perfect blend of orthotic support and great style!

Taos Footwear – the Perfect Shoes for Everyday Wear and Beyond!



I have completely fallen in love with the Taos brand. Their styles are classic yet not ordinary; the shoes are stylish but still comfortable; and there’s a style for virtually any use I might have. My toughest problem is deciding which one to wear! Here are my current favorites:

The Jive – an oxford-style lace-up shoe. With its 1.5” heel, this shoe is feminine, yet incredibly comfortable. It’s appropriate to wear to work, or even with casual attire. The decorative stitching on the upper makes this shoe extremely stylish. It’s available in black or brown rub off leather for versatility.

The Salto – this beautiful pump has an adjustable hook and loop strap to ensure that the shoe stays secure on the foot.  The shoe is available in black, chocolate, or cognac, and is made in Portugal. The elegant lines and 2” heel makes this shoe perfect for everyday wear – to the office and beyond.

The Verge – a gorgeous new bootie with decorative metal studs. This boot’s 2” wedge heel makes it very easy to wear, yet stylish enough for any occasion. The inside zipper makes the boot particularly easy to get on and off.

The Rhumba – another oxford-style, yet you don’t have to fuss with laces. The hook-and-loop strap makes this shoe really easy to get on and off, and remarkably comfortable. I could wear this with jeans or with dress slacks. I might even wear it with a casual skirt. It’s available in Grey or Black leather.

What makes these shoes so special? I absolutely love how these shoes feel. They are comfortable enough to wear all day long, and still look great. The uppers are made from luxurious full-grain leather. The removable footbed is cushioned and contoured. The outsoles are flexible and provide good traction in wet weather. What’s not to love?

Give the new models from Taos a try. You’ll be as big a fan as I am!


Dromedaris Footwear – Eco Friendly As Well As Stylish!

Dromedaris Kara

You can never have too many boots. And a new brand is available that’s not merely stylish, it’s even eco-friendly! How is that possible? Check out the Kara from Dromedaris!

This adorable boot has front laces, yet also contains an inside zipper so that you can get it on and off easily. It’s a casual style, perfect to wear with jeans, leggings, and the like. There’s even faux fur on the inside for warmth and softness. There’s even a mild rocker bottom of the sole to provide stability when you’re standing yet help propel you forward and reduce back strain as you move.

What really sets this boot apart is the 3D Technology footbed. There are three different densities in the footbed: a soft cushion by the ball of the foot, a shock absorption pad by the heel, and a firm arch support. The footbed is also made with Carbosan®, which is a carbon-activated foam material that provides odor absorption, antimicrobial properties, and is highly breathable so that your feet stay dry and comfortable.

And let’s not forget the eco-friendly attributes! You can feel really good about this choice because Dromedaris strives to have a low carbon footprint. All materials used are produced and assembled within a radius 120 miles of where the cork comes from. Other eco-friendly features include: 50% recycled rubber outsole, recycled cork midsole, natural cork sock lining, and chrome-free leather and lining.

But I LOVE the style. It’s casual, and a little rugged. This boot is available in Teal, Black, Saddle, or Mandarin leather, and is a gorgeous new choice for the cold weather. Check out this fabulous new boot from Dromedaris today!

Smartwool Socks – Phenomenal Comfort and Gorgeous Style!


As the weather cools, I love to wear cozy socks. But sometimes socks itch, or make my feet sweat, or just don’t hold up well. I just found Smartwool socks, and they deliver a much more positive experience!

These are not just your everyday socks (although you’ll want to wear them every day!). They are made from high-quality Merino wool, which helps keep your feet warm and dry. Some models are cushioned, some have a supportive arch brace, and all of them have outstanding moisture-wicking properties. They also contain a technology called WOW™, which adds an extra layer of yarn in the high impact areas of the sock. This technology makes the socks up to 30% more durable than conventional socks.

There’s a style for everyone. Need some unobtrusive socks to wear inside your flats? Check out the Women’s Secret Sleuth. It’s available in Medium Black Wool or Medium Natural Wool, and has a profile such that you really don’t see the sock when you wear a flat shoe.

Like classic cable socks? There’s the Smartwool Women’s Cable. Available in Black, Chestnut, or Grey wool, this sock is a crew length with beautiful woven cables. The Women’s Cable is perfect for everyday wear and goes with all sorts of attire. It’s even made in America!

Men have some beautiful and comfortable choices in the Diamond Jim socks. These socks are available in Taupe or Black wool, have the same extraordinary qualities of Merino wool, and even have a supportive arch brace woven into the sole. What’s not to love about this classically-styled yet innovatively-designed sock?

These are just a few of the available models from Smartwool. Keep your feet cool, dry, and comfortable this winter!

Orthofeet Shoes for Sensitive Feet!


Orthofeet AstoriaIf you have sensitive feet – and you know who you are – finding truly comfortable shoes can be an arduous task.  There’s a brand that specializes in shoes for people with persnickety feet: Orthofeet!

If you’ve got heel pain, arch pain, hammer toes, diabetic feet, and even arthritis, this brand can really help alleviate your symptoms. What’s so special about Orthofeet?  They provide superior shock absorption and cushioning. They help propel your foot forward. The wide, high toe box has very soft linings to help reduce pressure points on your foot. The insoles are anatomically shaped to provide extra support, and the shoes are shaped to allow the use of custom orthotics. And many models are available in wide and extra wide widths!

There are many types of models of Orthofeet shoes. Need an Athletic shoe? Women can check out the Tahoe. It’s a phenomenal walking shoe that is truly kind to your feet. The “Tie-Less Lacing System” allows for easy on and off, and the orthotic insole contains a deep heel cup and an anatomic arch support.

A casual Men’s shoe is the Clearwater. It’s a fisherman-style sandal with adjustable Velcro straps, and provides plenty of ventilation to keep your feet cool and dry.  This casual shoe is perfect for everyday wear, and is a nice alternative to an athletic shoe. The Velcro straps are customizable and allow you to have the perfect fit.

A versatile slip-on shoe for women is the Astoria. Available in Navy or Black leather, this shoe has an adjustable Velcro strap on each side of the upper. I love the fact that this shoe can go with all sorts of attire, and provides superb comfort without looking like a shoe designed for 900-year-old people.  If you don’t want anyone to know that you have “special needs feet,” this shoe can help you keep your secret!

Check out the great variety of new Orthofeet shoes at footwearetc.com!