Getting orthotics - shoe crisis

(48 Posts)
MummaBubba123 Sat 08-Jun-13 06:38:44

I love my fit flops, K&S ballet pump shoes, etc.
What on earth am I going to have to wear with orthotics?

SofaKingOld Sat 08-Jun-13 07:19:36

I have orthotics too and do struggle a bit with shoes now.

They will fit in fit-flop boots and shoes (obv not the sandals). I go up half a size in ballet pumps but have to shop around as they need to be a little deeper.

My godsend this year has been doc marten sandals here They look like the old fashioned kids shoes but I've embraced it!!

I've had to change my wardrobe a bit, especially for work, but I'm lucky in that work are relatively relaxed about clothing.

I go shopping for shoes with my orthotics, if I can't fit them in then I don't buy them. Bit harsh but cheaper in the long run.

I love shoes and ended up having to get rid of most of mine sad

dollyindub Sat 08-Jun-13 08:17:17

Ecco and Reiker do shoes that can be worn with orthotics. Or trainers, but make sure you remove the existing insole first whatever you buy!
Also build up the wear slowly - an hour first day, two the next etc.
Unfortunately orthotics are not designed to be worn with 'pretty' shoes and definitely not heels!

dollyindub Sat 08-Jun-13 08:19:50

Should add that they also are not really designed for sandals either!

mysteryfairy Sat 08-Jun-13 08:44:17

I just don't wear mine every day. I have them because of joint problems associated with hypermobility though - don't know if other reasons would require a stricter approach.

I just bought some Swedish hasbeens and they are comfortable (so far) without the orthotics. I won't wear them every day though.

Through last winter I was alternating a couple of pairs of h by Hudson boots, some Ash boots and some Zara ankle boots all of which they fitted in without issue. I had a pair of zara pointed ballet flats they were fine in. On odd days I wore Bloch ballet pumps that they couldn't go in but I really noticed the discomfort so that was on work days when I knew I'd only be on my feet for car park to desk and back.

MummaBubba123 Sun 09-Jun-13 22:05:51

Just found all of your fantastically useful replies! About to watch trashy TV (sadly addicted) but will be looking up link and shopping with orthotics!!! I've hypermobility and joint problems, too. Achey hips ;) getting old!

MummaBubba123 Mon 10-Jun-13 07:17:36

I'm absolutely sure that I used to wear those DM sandal things when I was younger.

Notoneidea Mon 10-Jun-13 07:46:06

How bulky are your orthotics? I have them, but they made me two pairs - standard, which only fit my boots, trainers, etc, and a slimline which I can get in court shoes.

I did have to go up half a size in courts but find depth of shoe is the biggest problem. Shoes with a strap and shoe boots are great as they hold your foot in when the orthotic raises it up.

valiumredhead Mon 10-Jun-13 08:41:13

Depend wether you are fashion led or comfort led. Clarks and Hotter do removable insoles.

Betty5313 Mon 10-Jun-13 10:50:59

I have to wear an orthotic in one shoe due to having one short leg, the shoe itself needs to be quite deep for mine. The hospital won't approve me wearing ballet flats even if I get the orthotic to fit (very flat shoes not good for me, apparently!). Hotter Mary Janes are my saviour. smart enough for work and they have had the younger trendier members of the office asking where they are from. V v comfortable, wouldn't go back to heels even if I could.

love those dm sandals smile smile

valiumredhead Mon 10-Jun-13 11:59:33

dolly interesting what you say about breaking the insoles in. I had some made last year at an eye watering £200 , thank God my health insurance paid for it, but have never been able to wear them for more than about half an hour before hobbling. Perhaps I need to do it much more slowly and build up from ten mins at a time?

Betty5313 Mon 10-Jun-13 12:35:01

mine are NHS, I had to wear for 10 minutes then build it up by 10 minutes a day.

valiumredhead Mon 10-Jun-13 12:36:34

I have just order some Hotter shoes in the hope they will be comfortable.

MummaBubba123 Mon 10-Jun-13 21:23:55

Hotters look nice.
Anyone have a link to the Mary Janes, though? Probably best to buy them in store vs buy online / amazon. Then I can take my stylish Os with me!

Betty5313 Mon 10-Jun-13 21:47:00

I don't know how to link on my phone but the Mary Jane style at hotter is called shake.

valiumredhead Mon 10-Jun-13 22:00:46

Those are the ones I have ordered in apple green! If they are ok I will take advantage of their 3 for 2 offer. I ordered the extra wide but didn't realise just how big they'd be and have had to go down a size too add I was swimming. They seemed a really nice shoe.

valiumredhead Mon 10-Jun-13 22:07:47

As not add

Ponyphysio Mon 10-Jun-13 22:14:04

There's an orthotic company called langer who make Brkenstocks and flip-flops with orthotics built in!

magso Mon 10-Jun-13 23:02:56

Winter is easy enough - boots and deeper brogues and shoeboots will often take an orthotic ( especially those with removable insoles), but summer can be very tricky. Mary Janes in various styles (from pumps with a strap to moderate heeled ribbon tied shoes) are my usual summer fall back, along with trainers and daps for casual use. I have had orthotics for several years now so have adapted and found styles and brands that work for me. I found some straps via ebay that can be added to convert shoes to maryjanes which can be helpful too.

princessnumber2 Mon 10-Jun-13 23:45:46

Marking place. Nothing useful to add I'm afraid as I've been mainly in trainers since I got orthotics a few years ago. And then found if you can't wear any shoes, you can't really wear proper clothes so have been in the wilderness for years.

This is all very helpful.

Pandsbear Tue 11-Jun-13 11:47:15

I now have solid orthotics to hold my feet together and I feel your pain (literally). I have fitflop trainers (the supatones), DM boots, some timberland boots and some Clarks brogues. All fit my orthotics without any problem. This is the first summer I have had them and I can see there are issues (sob) with what I am going to wear.

Pandsbear Tue 11-Jun-13 11:49:38

And the other issue is that I can't have bare feet with my orthotics... so there is all the faff with trainer socks that I hate...

valiumredhead Tue 11-Jun-13 12:08:18

God it's depressing isn't it?sad sad

valiumredhead Tue 11-Jun-13 12:09:57

I have the opposite problem,I can't wear socks as the tops dig into my scars where I have metal work. Sigh...

LyonsDemesne Tue 11-Jun-13 13:36:02

Betty did you have to take a bigger size in the Hotties ?

valiumredhead Tue 11-Jun-13 13:39:52

Hotters come up HUGE so expect to go down a size in length and width and still have room for insoles.

magso Tue 11-Jun-13 14:06:10

Pandsbear can you cover your orthotics -with those little sockets if stretchy enough or feet from old tights? I do this sometimes when the bare foot look better but I need to have fabric between the orthotic and my feet. It can however make the orthotic slippery. I presume long socks do not help Valium? I have trouble with sock elastic but found the ultra comfort type works along with alternating lengths - but they tend to fall down (I have skinny legs) which can be annoying.
The shoe brands that work for me (thickish orthotics at the heel and instep) are Think! (usually have a thick removable insole and deep heelcup - quirky styles, some with mid Spanish dance style heels and other Austrian comfort brands), some Clarks (larger size) with either mary janes with adjustable strap, elastic or lace (to get extra height over the instep) or lace ups., some of the wider fit comfort brands such as Hotter and M&S footglove. Gladiator style sandals with a back (Ecco did a lovely one last year that half hides my orthotics) sometimes work with shallow or cobra orthotics. I have some earth sandals for occasional use without orthotics which keep my weight on the back of my foot (away from my bunions), but might be completely wrong for other feet difficulties. Delicate, strappy or pretty is a thing of the past.

Pandsbear Tue 11-Jun-13 17:40:28

Ooh that is a good idea magso I had not thought of covering the orthotics. I will try thanks!

Betty5313 Tue 11-Jun-13 19:23:27

hi, I am usually a 6 and that is the size I take in Hotter. I do find them wide, but generally they are a better fit on me than Clarke's, I have very shallow feet and Clarkes are always boats on me. Shame, because they have some lovely brogues....

MummaBubba123 Tue 11-Jun-13 21:05:29

Princessnumber2, you made me laugh! Much needed as I am feeling like sobbing at the (no offence) dull and dreary shoes that might suit orthotics.

MummaBubba123 Tue 11-Jun-13 21:06:43

Magso, could you possibly whop some links down for me as I've no clue where to find Hotter, etc.
these look suitable, ladies:
Barking up wrong tree?

magso Wed 12-Jun-13 09:18:24

I tried to do some links but failed (the links are very long to type out I don't know how else to do links) Try looking on Amazon and searching Think! Aha. Aida or Luna for low heeled shoes. I have a plainer version of the Aha in browny grey for work. I also have an older sling back style (more delicate than the Aida) which kind of works although my orthotics just sit higher than the leather covering. The insole are thicker than in most shoes and lift out.

valiumredhead Wed 12-Jun-13 10:19:49

Links are easy-highlight the address at the top and 'copy' then paste the link wherever you want it and surround the link either end with link

valiumredhead Wed 12-Jun-13 10:21:19

Oops I mean surround link with [[ link ]] but without the spaces or you make a link like I just didgrin

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Wed 12-Jun-13 10:26:10

Try a company called Klaiveness, or if you want bespoke shoes, James Taylor shoes in London.

MummaBubba123 Wed 12-Jun-13 16:09:25

Thank you! Going in for a google/ Amazon search. I may be some time.

MummaBubba123 Fri 14-Jun-13 04:22:27

MBTs like this any good?
Check this out on AMZN: MBT Tunisha Womens Fitness Trainers / Shoes - Cork - SIZE UK 7
Really like them.

valiumredhead Mon 17-Jun-13 12:33:46

So this morning I went to Hotters -omg I will never buy from another shop again! They were fantastic, just like a proper old fashioned shoe shop where they look after you properly and help you. The chairs are huge and comfy, lighting not harsh and nothing is too much trouble for them. You can easily take insoles in with you and try them with the shoes, no one would bat an eyelid!

I bought 3 pairs as they had a 3 for 2 offer on. Shoes aren't cheap but they are SO comfy and actually only about a tenner more than Clarks, and Clarks don't fit me that well. The removable insoles are padded and so it's like walking on air!

I have always hankered after a pair of Fitflops but my foot is a funny shape after a terrible break so the straps have always been too tight. The Hotter's version have a velcro adjustable strap so are fine!!! I nearly clapped my hands and squealed blush

I got a pair of ballet flats, that are all padded and with arch supports etc and also a pair of walking shoes - the Shake Mary Jane's mentioned up thread.

Im already planning my winter boots grin

MummaBubba123 Tue 18-Jun-13 06:50:49

Valuymredhead - pleeeease tell me where the Hotter shop is!

valiumredhead Tue 18-Jun-13 07:49:18

They're are loads of shops, of you look on their website there I'd s big list of them, hope there's one near you. I woke up this morning with no leg pain I'm sure it's from wearing my new shoes. They are soooooooo comfy smile

valiumredhead Tue 18-Jun-13 07:56:12

Definitely worth going to a shop even if you have to travel a bit, their sizing off very generous! I'm a 7.5-8 in clarks but only a 6.5 in hotter.

magso Tue 18-Jun-13 11:20:08

I saw a Hotter shop in Windsor when we visited the castle. I don't have a Hotter shop near by but the Shake looks very comfortable. I use ( a small chain) as my proper shoe shopand also a wonderful independent, perhaps you have one of those near you MummaBubba? It is much better to try shoes with your orthotics.

valiumredhead Tue 18-Jun-13 12:14:42

I have the Shake, they will be my new walking shoes for the summer - when I say walking what I really mean is plodding along at the speed of a slightly arthritic snail wink

jjgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 12:59:59

Buy Dansko shoes from the US. They are best ready made orthotic shoes in the world, and they actually look nice. They are way more comfortable than anything else I have ever worn. I have some serious arthritis now and a professional job so can't compromise.

valiumredhead Tue 18-Jun-13 13:36:16

How do you know about sizes etc though if you buy online, then you have the hassle of sending back? I just had a look on their website - too 'heely' for me unfortunately sad

LyonsDemesne Tue 18-Jun-13 13:39:19

Mine have arrived - DH is picking them up from the parcel motel on the way from work so will let you know tomorrow what I think and what I bought as I have forgot !

jjgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 13:40:35

I just bought the one pair to start with after reading tonnes of reviews and doing a lot of searching. They fitted perfectly and are like walking on cushions all day. Yes the soles are very thick but that is part of the orthotic design. It is ment to give your foot a rocker motion so the shoe does the walking not all the joints in your foot.

valiumredhead Tue 18-Jun-13 14:08:30

I think they're probably ok for feet and ankles that aren't pinned together with plates and screws and are all wonky,I definitely need flats or I am unsteady. Me branching out to fit flops is a big step <excuse the pun!>grin

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