It’s summer and patients are asking, “What sandals do you recommend”? The following are my recommendations for brands that I have had success with for my patients. In general, sandals having multiple, adjustable straps provide the best fit.
As always, orthotic sandals are your best bet for proper fit and function, but if you simply must grab a non-orthotic sandal these are our recommendations:
Chaco (http://www.chacos.com/US/en ). Chacos are some of my favorites. Their signature styles use fully adjustable/sliding straps to accommodate varying foot volumes.
FitFlop (http://www.fitflop.com/ ). The medial strap placement of most FitFlop thong styles is perfectly placed to support a pronated foot. This brand runs wide, so if your patients have a low volume foot (narrow) then you will want to recommend another shoe.
Orthaheel (http://www.orthaheelusa.com/ ). Orthaheel’s multi-strap, adjustable styles are also some of my favorites. Orthaheel sandals provide significant arch support and come in a variety of fashionable styles.
Birkenstock (http://www.birkenstockusa.com/ ). With many new styles and hip new colors to choose from, Birkenstock remains a contender in the supportive sandal category. Also, most popular styles are available in medium and narrow widths.
Crocs (http://www.crocs.com/) are a great alternative to the much more expensive Birkenstock, with good arch support but slightly less durable material. These are also some of the lightest shoes on the market, making them feel like you’re wearing next to nothing while you enjoy the warm weather.
Keep in mind that the wrong kind of sandals can do substantial damage to your feet when you wear them repeatedly, causing aches and pain as well as skin damage when they don’t fit well. If you’d like to get the absolute best fit for your most loved shoes, contact Dr. Weinert to be fitted for an orthotic device to use with your favorite pair. Dr. Weinert has two convenient locations in Troy at 248-362-3338 or his Warren office at 586-751-3338. You can also get more information on his website at www.stopfeetpainfast.com, where you can also request a copy of his FREE book Stop Feet Pain Fast.