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  • If the Shoe Fits
    June 15th, 2010

    Submitted by Laura Greenamyer, WRA Member

    I find it challenging to convince my fashion-forward clients to think of foot health when shopping for shoes. Especially when flip-flop weather is imminent and this season’s Manolo Blahniks take to the silver screen in Sex and the City 2. However, choosing healthy shoes does not mean sacrificing style. This summer, fashion magazines and retail catalogs alike are showcasing sandals that fit many of our requirements for healthy shoes: little or no heel, flexible sole, roomy toe box, adequate support at the heel, and made of natural materials. And the bonus? You may actually like them!

    Leaping Plait sandal

    Two good examples are at Anthropologie: the Leaping Plait sandal ($80) and the Tangled Treasure sandal ($110). Both are almost flat with extremely flexible soles. The toe straps on the Leaping Plait are more distal on the toes, potentially crushing the 5th phalanx if not sized right. The toe straps on the Tangled Treasure are placed more proximal to the MTP joint and cause less interference with toe comfort. Both sandals provide a sturdy “cup” at the calcaneous, alleviating discomfort from a traditional single strap back of a sandal.

    Tangled Treasure sandal

    This back “cup” of the Tangled Treasure covers the entire Achilles Tendon area, but because of the slight curve at the top, does not impact ankle range of motion. The Leaping Plait has a buckle closure which provides one final adjustment to insure a perfect fit, while the Tangled Treasure has a zipper closure up the back. Both sandals have leather soles and uppers, exclusive of decoration on the Tangled Treasure. Less expensive versions of the same aesthetic are available in discount stores. However, often the soles are not nearly as flexible and the materials are typically synthetic. In this instance, the old adage holds true: you get what you pay for.

    So take heart this summer: there is no need to forfeit fashion to keep your feet healthy!