Keeping Your Body Realigned with Orthaheel/Dr. Andrew Weil Shoes

As I took my car in for a realignment recently, I realized that keeping our bodies realigned isn’t something we tend to pay attention to until there’s a problem! Why we are so attuned to the stuff around us rather than our own well being will forever be a mystery to me, but I digress….so many of us have pain caused by basic alignment issues. As we compensate for biomechanical problems, we can end up with all sorts of join pain in our feet, knees, ankles, etc. All too often we wear shoes that we think look great but don’t actually provide the support and alignment we really need to be healthy. That’s where Orthaheel and Dr. Andrew Weil shoes save the day!

The premise of these shoes is to ensure that your feet are properly supported so that they can function optimally. Orthaheel and Dr. Andrew Weil shoes are designed with orthotic properties to help reduce pronation, stabilize the heel, absorb shock, and reduce stress on the joints.

Orthaheel makes a bunch of models in a variety of styles that are truly kind to your feet. Dr. Andrew Weil, an internationally-recognized pioneer in the health and wellness field, endorses Orthaheel products and actually came up with his own line of Orthaheel-made shoes as well.

Within the Orthaheel and Dr. Andrew Weil lines, there are so many different styles to choose from, you can definitely find a comfortable shoe for every situation. I do have to say that the flip flops are absolutely THE most comfortable I have ever worn. They have all the perks of traditional flip flops, with outstanding support. I could walk for hours in them! And you can even get slippers with all that support. Phenomenal!

I also really love the Orthaheel walkers. They’ve got full-grain leather uppers, with mesh to allow breathability. They offer all of the fabulous properties of Orthaheel shoes, and even have a mid-foot stabilizer to control the motion of your feet as you walk. The removable orthotic even has an antibacterial top cloth to help control foot odor! These shoes make walking easy!

Help keep your body aligned properly with Orthaheel and Dr. Andrew Weil shoes. You’ll really feel the difference!

The Perfect Socks for Everyone!

Footwear etc. carries many brands of socks for your comfort and style needs. But which to choose? So many options, so many socks. Here’s a tour of the many socks we carry:

iT Comfort Socks: These products were designed in collaboration with orthopedists who work with athletes. Their unique fiber formula provides for non-irritating non-constricting, extra padded, anti-slip, anti-bacterial, and well ventilated socks. Available in unisex sizes, these socks are perfect for all athletic activities as well as for those with various foot conditions. Try them in crew or ankle heights!

Dansko socks: Yes, Dansko makes socks as well as clogs, shoes, and sandals! Even with entirely different materials, the Dansko quality is readily apparent. As with all Dansko products, these socks don’t skimp on style. In fact, you can have socks with all sorts of colors and stripes, as well as “Safari” prints! Many of the Dansko socks are made with Merino wool and Lycra for superlative warmth and breathability, others are made with –get this – recycled plastic bottles that have been turned into yarn! How awesome is that? And all of them have superb moisture wicking properties to keep your feet comfortable.

Kunert socks: Here are some socks that will truly pamper your feet. Kunert products are not only extremely soft (made predominantly of cotton or wool), they also include Aloe Vera and Gingko extracts to help moisturize your skin without the use of creams or lotions. Kunert socks also are designed with a pressure-resistant, non-restricting band, and contain hand-linked toes to prevent pressure there as well. There are even special socks designed for travelers to improve circulation in their legs!

Feetures socks: These socks provide those who want an athletic sock with superior performance AND less bulk! Available in a variety of heights, Feetures socks are lightweight and breathable. You’ll love how they make your feet feel!

Goodhew socks: Want some high-quality socks in a variety of colors and patterns? There’s something for everyone with Goodhew products. But they’re not just great looking; they are made with Merino Wool and Spandex. Some models even contain Bamboo for an extra luxurious feel. What also sets this brand apart is that each sock contains arch support, flat toe seams, and superior moisture wicking capabilities to keep your feet comfortable. Available in a variety of colors, patterns, and heights, Goodhew socks are perfect for every occasion.

Marcmarcs socks: Fine craftsmanship is obvious in these beautiful socks. Made predominantly from soft cotton or virgin wool, Marcmarcs contain non-binding tops and hand sewn toe seams. Many contain Aloe Vera for ultimate softness. Available in a variety of heights and colors, Marcmarcs are silky soft, incredibly comfortable, and are designed to be kind to your feet. Think of them as the spa experience for your feet!

Thorlo socks: Designed for maximum protection of the fat pads on your feet, Thorlo socks provide the ultimate in cushioning for active or everyday wear. You can find socks with cushioning appropriate for walking, running, hiking, assorted sports, and even dress socks. Thorlo socks are made predominantly from acrylic, which wicks moisture from your feet as the cushioned pads provide exceptional shock absorption and help prevent blisters. They are also made in the U.S.A.!

Feetures socks: These socks are specifically designed to provide a perfect fit for athletes so that the chance of blistering is greatly reduced. Lycra bands all through the socks ensure a great fit. The “Perfect Toe” technology” provides a hand-linked fabric so that the inside and outside surfaces are completely flat and smooth, eliminating the irritation that seams can sometimes cause. The iWick and Durasoft fibers also provide superior wicking capabilities so that your feet stay dry and comfortable. Available in black and white, as well as varying heights. Feetures socks are perfect if you need high performance and durability. Feetures is so confident you’ll love these socks, they offer a lifetime guarantee!

Jobst socks: Do you have “special needs” feet? Then check out the variety of medical socks from Jobst. Recommended by many doctors, Jobst socks are especially designed for Diabetics, people with vascular issues, and those who just have sensitive feet. Jobst excels in compression hosiery with wide toe areas, flat seams, and contains an antibacterial additive to reduce odor. Available in several colors and heights, Jobst socks are easy to wear when ordinary socks aren’t.

Aetrex socks: Another great brand that provides cushioning, flat seam construction, elasticized arch support, and shock absorption! Made from polyester and spandex, Aetrex socks give you the performance you’d need in an athletic sock, yet can be used for dressy purposes. The soft yarn provides a luxuriously soft feeling on your feet. Available in a variety of colors and heights, Aetrex socks are comfortable, versatile, and affordable!

Merrell socks: Just as you’d trust Merrell with shoes appropriate for many outdoor activities, you can now trust them for producing high-quality socks as well! These athletic socks are available in solid colors as well as some fun patterns, and are perfect for that weekend hike, or your daily run, or even regular everyday wear. Blended with wool, polypropylene, nylon and lycra, Merrell socks are not only durable, but fashion forward! They provide excellent cushioning to add comfort and shock absorption, and have superior moisture-wicking properties to keep your feet dry. As with all Merrell products, you can be certain that they’ll be durable and stylish for a long time!

Footwear etc. carries a sock for everyone! Check out these brands to see which suits your needs best!

Clarks’ Unstructured Line: Ultimate Comfort in Contemporary Styles

I’ve always been a fan of Clarks shoes, and I’ve noticed recently many new models begin with “un.” Like “Un.Actual,” or “Un.Crow,” or “Un.Jib.” It seemed like a strange way to name shoes, so I did a little checking…

Turns out all the names of the shoes beginning with “un” are part of Clark’s Unstructured line. This particular class of shoes excels in keeping your feet cool and dry, with technology specifically designed to make you as comfortable as possible. The Clarks ACS (Air Circulation System)specifically brings in fresh air to your feet, while venting warm, moist air out of the shoe. And on top of that, the shoes are extremely flexible, lightweight, produce good traction, have very good shock absorption, and have really soft, leather uppers with lambskin linings. What’s not to love?

My favorite dressy sandal is the Clarks Un.Crow. With its stable 2 ¼” heel, the Un.Crow was great when I had to stand for hours at my high school reunion. My feet stayed cool and comfortable, even in heat and humidity! I also love the fact that I can wear them with both dressy clothes as well as casual clothes. A phenomenal all-around sandal that I wear year-round.

Like clogs? Check out the Clarks Un.Actual. It has a beautiful t-strap design, with all the comfort properties of the Unstructured line. Don’t be fooled by the wood-appearance of the sole; the outsole is made of lightweight PU with EVA filler and rubber strike pads. No heavy, clunky shoe here! Beautiful, easy-to-wear clog for any occasion.

My next sandal purchase will be the Un.Jib. I need another pair of casual sandals for warm weather, and the Un.Jib is fantastic. The two adjustable straps will give me a custom fit, and the soft leather insole and upper will feel fantastic. What a cool, comfortable, stylish sandal for everyday wear. I can’t wait to get my pair!

For the ultimate in casual comfort, check out the Clarks Unstructured Line of shoes. The hardest decision you’ll have is choosing which pair (or pairs!) to wear!

Make No Mistake: Danskos Aren’t Just Clogs!

I love Dansko shoes. I even own 3 pairs of them. And each of them is wildly different from the other. Two of them are clogs (and each is radically from the other), but “one of these things is not like the others….” Yes, Dansko makes shoes that bear little resemblance to clogs! Yet with every Dansko product, your feet will have the same phenomenal benefits from these marvelously supportive shoes. What makes these shoes so special?

Rocker bottom sole – the back of the heel and the toe box are curved upward, so that as you walk, you rock forward. This takes pressure off your plantar fascia, and can alleviate foot pain. Yet this sole does provide outstanding stability, allowing you to stand for hours!

Superlative shock absorption – the wider heel provides lateral stability and more supportive heel strike. And the durable outsole actually provides shock absorption similar to that of athletic shoes!

Many models are certified slip resistant, and Danskos are endorsed by the American Podiatric Association. These stylish shoes are really good for your feet!

My first pair of Danskos is a Mary Jane style, similar to the Marcelle. I’ve been able to wear them with dressy clothes, with jeans, to work, out on the town, etc. I can stand for hours (and I have!) in these shoes. Their support is outstanding.

I recently got a pair of clogs that are different from any I’d seen before: the Kelsey. The outsole is more cushioned than any other clogs, and the insole actually has soft foam that conforms to my feet! These are phenomenally comfortable, and are the perfect casual shoe for everyday wear.

My all-time favorite, however, is Dansko’s flagship shoe: the Professional. I have it in Cordovan Cabrio Leather, which is a great color to wear with lots of different outfits. This is my go-to shoe for when my feet hurt. In fact, when I visited my podiatrist, these were the shoes she was wearing! I’ve also noticed these shoes on many medical professionals at our local clinic. The sole is fairly rigid, yet you can feel the support and they are incredibly comfortable even if you have to stand for long periods of time. I can truly understand why the American Podiatric Association endorses this shoe; my feet always feel better when I wear these. You can even choose colors and patterns to reflect your personality! (Green snakeskin, anyone?)

I am delighted to see that Dansko also offers boots, shoes that look like pumps, sandals and slides, and an assortment of shoes for men and kids as well! Dansko is always coming out with new styles, and I’m always excited to see what’s available. I feel like any style they come up with is going to pamper my feet, so I try to get styles to reflect my mood. Check out the wide variety of possibilities with Dansko!

My “Go-to” Brand for Elegance: BeautiFeel

There is just something about BeautiFeel shoes that makes me feel special. Maybe it’s the fact that they are hand made from the finest quality leather. Maybe it’s because they are incredibly cushioned, which my feet LOVE. Maybe it’s because the lining breathes well, which keeps my feet cool and comfortable. Or maybe it’s just because of the gorgeous styles available.

I really love the BeautiFeel Star, in clay/brown suede and patent leather. With a 2 ½” heel, it gives me a little height but provides stability so I won’t look like I’m teetering on my feet! The leather rose detail across the top of the shoe adds some femininity to an already classy-looking shoe. And the cushy insole also helps absorb shock, making the shoe even more comfortable to wear. Gorgeous shoe, superior comfort.

The Camille is a fantastic dress sandal. You can really feel the quality in the soft, Italian leather. This particular style is so versatile that you could wear it with a cocktail dress, or even work clothes. (I’ve done both!) Comfortable, breathable, cushioned and fashion-forward, this sandal has everything you’d want for dressy occasions.

Sometimes only a boot will do. I love to wear short boots under slacks; they really dress up the entire outfit. BeautiFeel’s Valeria fits the bill in spades! This lovely boot, which is available in two-toned leather or all black, is so comfortable yet so stylish! It almost takes me back to the Victorian age, when boots with buttons were all the rage. Yet this boot has a timeless style, appropriate for today’s woman looking for classic elegance. And of course the soft, supple leather makes you feel like a queen in these boots!

Need to feel pampered? Check out the fabulous styles by BeautiFeel. All of us deserve to have gorgeous, hand-made shoes that are actually comfortable. You’re worth it!