Arthritis in the feet can be uncomfortable, stressful and a huge hassle. Knowing the best shoes to wear for this type of condition is a necessity for self-care and maximising comfort. Custom orthotics can be a literal pain, especially when your office dress-code means you have to wear smart shoes and can’t comply with your Podiatrist's recommendation of running shoes. When looking for a shoe that’s office-appropriate but offers the comfort and support of a running sneaker, we advise an emphasis on silhouette to ensure you never step a foot out of place again.
This style from Emiliano won’t look out of place paired alongside a suit. Crafted from lightweight and supple leather in a classic work-shoe shape, with a specially crafted double-density sole which offers the stability of a rubber sole. The lightly grained leather and lace-up front will blend in at your office seamlessly.
A slip-on loafer style can be worked with contemporary styling for a smart finish, similar to a Chelsea Boot. When made and lined from buttery, premium leather, the shoe will soften and mould to fit your feet perfectly, fitting like a supportive second skin. Opting for a slightly wider fit will aid painless dressing - it’s all about being practical.
Flashback to the days of velcro shoes and you’ll wonder why you ever stopped wearing these. Made from supple leather that is kind to your feet and will keep your boss smiling, but with an easy velcro fastening to give you stability throughout the day. Easy for slipping on and off with the added security offered from the strap - this style is just as great out running errands as it is in the office.
For ladies, the go-to brand has to be Ortho Solutions, who prioritise comfort and easy, effortless pairing with orthotics. Crafted with slightly more rounded toes and removable insoles to offer extra space for your orthotic insoles - it’s all about functionality. This style even offers a small, block heel for comfort and style. With elastic sides for easily slipping on and off, it’s a winner for pairing with formal dresses.
Though the silhouette has to be crafted for comfort, the design can still offer individuality and reflect your personal style. Stepwel offer laser-cut leather with broderie-style detailing at the sides, paired with the cushioned sole and velcro strap fastening to give you the best of both worlds.
Animal prints and textures are a recurring trend for all seasons, and Ortho Solutions latest offering brings discreetly textured straps decorated with crocodile grain and silver button poppers. The low heel gives the illusion of height without sacrificing stability and support, while the rounded toe and extra built-in depth will welcome your orthoptics happily.
To conclude, there are plenty of options for comfortable shoes that will work alongside your insoles and your tailored wardrobe. Comfort is key but that doesn't mean you have to compromise on style. There is a lot you can do with your footwaer to keep your feet happy and protect the soles and foot joints. By taking care of impact and foot position you can still move around freely while looking great.