Bunion Sufferers can Rejoice at the Arrival of Fidelio Sandals and Slides!

Got bunions? Now there are shoes designed especially for you – Fidelio sandals and slides!

Fidelio Hallux Sandals for BunionsBrand new to the United States and Footwear etc., Fidelio shoes are specifically designed to stretch so that if you’ve got bunions, you can prevent that squished feeling most shoes provide. Bunions are painful enough, who needs pain from your shoes? You don’t have to put up with pain from your shoes anymore!

Not only do the Fidelio shoes provide great style and comfort for bunion sufferers, they also provide exceptional support. The deep-cupped heel and natural cork insole give superb support, and the air-cushioned sole feels wonderfully soft at the forefoot and heel. Orthotics wearers can also celebrate: the insole is removable and the shoe can accommodate full orthotics.  These shoes are hand-crafted in Austraia with the finest letahers and materials.

I particularly like the fact that the stretch insert for bunions is hidden, so they don’t look like yourFidelio Hallux Sandals for Bunion Relief stereotypical orthopedic shoes. They maintain their stylish design with attractive jewelling, soft vegetable-tanned uppers, and even the top of the insole near the toes matches the upper of the shoe! What a clever design!

Fidelio shoes are currently only available in women’s styles, but you can have choices for the look you want to show off! Casual wear is perfect for the Fidelio Hallux Bunion Relief sandal in tan leather. For a night on the town, consider the Fidelio Hallux Bunion Relief slide in burgundy patent leather. Lots of comfort, and lots of style here!

Don’t suffer from bunion pain anymore, try out some Fidelio shoes! They can make wearing shoes fun again!

Insoles 101!

Chronic foot pain is among the most annoying pain there is. It can just stop you dead in your tracks. Forget about hiking, even normal daily activities can be painful. I learned this the hard way over time; dealing with recurring stress fractures in one foot, and of late plantar fasciitis have each taken a toll. It’s a Catch 22 situation: I want to exercise for the myriad of medical benefits it will give me, but how do you do that when your feet hurt? (Don’t suggest swimming, that’s not a viable option for me.)

 Enter the insole. How can a pad in your shoe make walking so much more tolerable? And what’s the difference between an insole, and an orthotic?

 An orthotic is an insert in your shoe that is made to fit your foot. You can get custom orthotics from podiatrists. There are also generic orthotics available in shoe stores that can fit approximately 90% of the population. They are designed to give arch support, depending on whether you have high arches, or low arches. Some orthotics can be heated to mold to your foot. Custom orthotics can be very expensive, generic orthotics less so but usually more expensive than insoles.

 An insole is an insert in your shoe that can address a variety of issues, and are used for a variety of purposes. Some insoles are great if you are going to be running, some are applicable for walking, some work for generic everyday use, etc. There are unisex insoles, insoles for wide feet, insoles for dress shoes, insoles with greater metatarsal support, insoles that help keep you from overpronating, etc., etc. With all these choices, how do you choose what’s right for YOUR foot?

 First, foremost, and always: TRY THEM ON. Don’t blindly accept what friends tell you, try out the insoles in your own shoes. No two pairs of feet are alike, there are always subtle differences in what seemingly similar feet need. Explain your foot issues to a podiatrist, and get recommendations from the doctor. You can also talk to the folks at Footwear etc.; they know a lot about the different properties of insoles and orthotics and can make knowledgeable suggestions of things to try out. Footwear etc. works with local doctors and uses their recommendations for products to carry.

Spenco Insoles and Orthotics If you’re looking to add cushioning to your shoes, consider Spenco products. Spenco orthotics and insoles are very economical, and a great choice if you think you need a little extra support. The orthotic arch supports are designed to help control the position of your feet as well as stabilize them and provide cushioning. If you have heel pain, the gel heel cushions and heel cups provide stability as well as superior cushioning. Women can benefit from the Q-Factor Insole, as it can help improve body alignment and balance specifically for them!Aetrex Lynco Insoles

Lynco Aetrex insoles are specially designed for casual, dress, and sports, and even specifically for golf shoes. These orthotics are great if you need additional adjustments in the metatarsal area, or a cupped heel for stability. They also have orthotics with posts to control abnormal positioning and movement of the foot, and to adjust your gait for overpronation. Lynco Aetrex even has sheepskin orthotics, for a really luxurious feeling! 

Superfeet InsolesSuperfeet insoles are excellent for shock absorption. There are styles appropriate for all types of footwear, even dress shoes. People with wide feet can be relieved to find that Superfeet carries several models specifically designed for wide widths. Several models are designed as unisex insoles, some are specifically made for the different needs of men’s feet vs. women’s. They are appropriate for all sorts of uses; there’s even a yellow model designed for track shoes, or hockey/ice skates, or even western boots! 

I was absolutely amazed to discover how much of a difference Superfeet insoles made for my feet. I tried on both the unisex green insoles (the most supportive/rigid) and the pink (for women, useful for walking and running), and I could feel a difference immediately. I never realized how much pressure the insoles could relieve by realigning how I stand and providing additional arch support. The deep heel cups also helped my sore heels feel better.

So don’t put up with unnecessary foot pain – try out some insoles and see what a difference it makes. It can change your life!

Fun In The Sun With Keen Sandals!

Fun in the Sun with Keen Sandals!

I’m so looking forward to more warm-weather activities, and Spring/Summer shoes can be very cute, but I often need something a little more rugged. I’ve noticed more and more families wearing Keen sandals, so I had to check them out!

Keens were originally designed as an alternative to traditional boating shoes – better than “river” shoes since they protect the toes, and very water and slip-resistant. The styles have expanded to include boots, Mary-Janes, slip-ons, as well as their extremely popular sandals.

I can see why my sister-in-law’s entire family wears them all summer long. They’re quick to get on and off, they can get wet/sandy/muddy with no consequences, you can go hiking in them, and your feet will have lots of support. Plus they’re cute!

Keen Venice H2 Earth SandalsI’m particularly fond of the Venice, which is casual yet incredibly versatile for all sorts of activities. The trademark look of the Keens has the rubber sole coming up over the toes, which provides protection, and I like the way it looks. The metatomical footbed provides great arch support and cradles the foot so it’s really comfortable too. But the absolute best feature to me is the Aegis Microbe Shield – which helps fight odors and deterioration caused by bacteria. (Ever notice how some of your warm-weather shoes just end up smelling bad after a while? Keens fight against that!) Always a good thing when you have an active family!Keen PTC Mary Jane Shoes

You don’t have to limit your Keens to strictly rugged outdoor activities; they make boots, Mary-Janes,  slip ons, and even lace-up shoes that you can wear to even dressier venues! So if you love the feel Keens, don’t limit them to just the great outdoors, there’s a shoe for almost everywhere!

Challenge #20: The Fan Faves Giftcard Giveaway

Footwear etc. Facebook Challenge

Although we just had fun with a month-long fan photo contest, we still yearn to know more and more about you — our fantastic Facebook fans! And we’re asking for your help in this department, with one specific question… What are your favorite shoes in your closet?

Challenge #20: The Fan Faves Gift Card Giveaway starts 6/2/10 and runs through 6/11/10. To enter, simply tell us which shoes are your favorite in the closet (and why) on our Footwear etc. Facebook page. One compassionate contestant will be rewarded a brand new Footwear etc. virtual gift card with a value of $50.

If you’re new to the weekly Footwear etc. Challenge, you can read the (very simple) rules here. If not, you’re all set: Become a fan of Footwear etc. on Facebook to get started!

Challenge #19: Show Us Your Shoes Weekly Giveaways

Footwear etc. Facebook Challenge

Earth Day has come and gone, and we’ve learned a little more about our Facebook fans… You’re a very creative bunch! Your recycling ideas are remarkable! And you’ve left us craving more of your creativity!

Challenge #19: The Show Us Your Shoes Weekly Giveaways start 4/28/10 and run all through the month of May. To enter, simply upload photo(s) of yourself wearing our shoes to our shiny new Facebook page fan photos section. Every Friday, one fine photographer will be rewarded a brand new Footwear etc. virtual gift card with a value of $50.

If you’re new to the weekly Footwear etc. Challenge, you can read the (very simple) rules here. If not, you’re all set: Become a fan of Footwear etc. on Facebook to get started!