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Finding shoes to fit with orthotics

(12 Posts)
PimmsOclockisNow Tue 17-Sep-13 18:20:35

Firstly apologies if this is the wrong section......

My dyspraxic DD aged 9.5 has to now wear orthotics in both shoes. The lady in the shoe shop today said they were unusually thick. DD has small wide feet (33 H) and we really struggle to get shoes to fit but now its even worse. Today we tried on 13 pairs including boys to get some school shoes and none of them fitted. There were tears (mine not hers!).

Does anyone have any reccomendations of shoes shops (London), websites, makes that may help me in my shoe quest.

I'm afraid to say we find cheap ones best.. sports direct type places and generally only trainers fit. DS2 wears full afos and it's an absolute pain.

Another (expensive) option might be to buy Piedros as they are designed so you can remove their own inlays for orthotics.
www.gilbert-mellish.co.uk/Shop/piedro-childrens-orthopaedic-footwear/2.aspx

Arriettyborrower Wed 18-Sep-13 22:38:23

What kind of orthotics? Ds has had DAFO's, AFO's and now has heel cups. With AFO's he has worn cheaper trainers but then moved into kickers which have been fab. He currently has AFO's thru the night and heel cups in the day, I've found Charles clinkard to be the only shop that understands, and fits shoes correctly with orthotics. I now buy either kickers or geox shoes.

Hth!

Arriettyborrower Wed 18-Sep-13 22:39:58

Should've said - with geox shoes you can remove the insole to allow for more room with orthotic in situ.

Sidge Wed 18-Sep-13 22:43:15

My daughter wears orthotic insoles and we've always had to buy her boots rather than shoes - to accommodate the insole and support her ankle. With shoes the insole just pushes her foot up too much.

I get her Ricosta boots - not cheap but good quality and a good fit.

Arriettyborrower Thu 19-Sep-13 08:33:00

Should've said, that like sidge, I usually only buy boots to accommodate and support ankle - however recently he hasn't been fitting into boots properly with the heel cups so has some geox trainers which are quite high on the ankle with the insole out. I do much prefer him in boots tho.

magso Thu 19-Sep-13 22:56:57

I wear orthotics myself and find the best styles are those with a thick removable insoles, deep heel cups, extra toe depth and fastenings that go quite high up. In practice this means ankle boots, lace ups, trainers or maryjane styles.

PimmsOclockisNow Tue 24-Sep-13 23:06:12

Dear All. Only just seen your replies - I assumed I had gone to the no answer division. Not sure what type she has been given - how do I tell? Off to a shoe shop tommrow so fingers crossed.

ibbydibby Tue 24-Sep-13 23:17:19

Have found independent shoe shops most helpful, and staff have experience (usually) of people with orthotics. Like Sidge we have had Ricosta boots for DS, other European makes (sorry can't remember brands) and also Kickers boots. Often the shops that sell Start-rite shoes will have a good range of other types. Have had to remove shoes' own insoles on occasions.

Whereabouts in London are you? Has the podiatrist (or whoever gave the orthotics) given any advice about where to buy/what to buy?

PimmsOclockisNow Wed 25-Sep-13 12:52:02

Thanks ibby. We are in South East London near Crystal Palace. Have been recommended Paves in Blackheath so off after school today - fingers crossed. DD is being seen at Lewisham Hospital and gave us no info on shoes!

BeeMom Wed 25-Sep-13 14:01:42

Bee wears full (knee) height AFOs and we use the short converse style canvas trainers with them. I cut the threads at the base of the tongue so the shoe will open up even wider and we can slide her (very bulky 2 layer) brace inside it with no fuss.

I buy cheap knock-offs for well under a tenner, but for her birthday, I will be getting her a pair of custom "design your own" converse trainers... now that I know what size she needs with the braces we picked up 2 days ago.

Sneepy Wed 25-Sep-13 21:05:43

If it's not too far for you, Shoe Station in Kew is fabulous. Lots of choice, lots of different brands, very helpful staff. FWIW DD's orthotist recommended geox as they have a separate insole. We haven't got her orthotics yet so I haven't tried to buy shoes with them yet!

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