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Really supportive shoes needed - ugh. Geox??

(56 Posts)
VforVienetta Sat 13-May-17 21:33:49

Help please!
I have 'posterior tibial tendon weakness' which is giving me constant discomfort/pain, and now need to wear orthotic insoles and stop wearing all my beloved shoes. I'm hypermobile, so this is probably a permanent change. (Basically my feeble tendons aren't strong enough to hold my foot bones in the right position, so they've moved and need supporting).

I'm a Converse/desert boot/ballet pump wearer, and apparently these are all absolutely SHIT for my crappy feet.

I loathe proper trainers, but have to get something similar - any recommendations?
I was looking at the Geox Jaysen and they're ok, but are they supportive enough?

Otherwise, maybe the Skechers Go Walk 2?

Any help or experience of this would be great, thank you! flowers

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 13-May-17 21:36:23

I've got some Jaysens. They are okay but not as good as Nike Roshe in terms of comfort. They do look better though.

GoWalk are hideous, imvho.

VforVienetta Sat 13-May-17 21:48:40

Couldn't agree more, but if they're comfy i might have to put up...
Thanks for the Roshe rec - worth trying on tomorrow!

The podiatrist i saw said i needed shoes/boots with stiff sides as well as support, and i just cant imagine that'll be comfortable.
Plus i have to try and for the bloody orthotics in as well!

VforVienetta Sat 13-May-17 21:48:48


angeldiver Sat 13-May-17 21:51:48

I found Skechers terrible for support.
Have you looked at Camper?
They have support on the instep. So many shoes nowadays don't seem to.

YNK Sat 13-May-17 21:58:21

You can't beat New Balance imho.

Plus if your passing the lake district they have factory shops in Keswick and Shap - I can get £80 worth of trainers for £15.

VforVienetta Sat 13-May-17 22:07:22

YNK thanks! Will try them too.

angel yes, ive looked at Camper and found some nice ones i actually like, but I wasn't sure if they were fashion shoes rather than actually good supportive ones. Will defo try them too, thanks!

prettygreen Sat 13-May-17 22:07:32

My chiropodist recommended Asics trainers for high insteps. They are the most comfy and supportive footwear that I own. Not sure if they would work for your condition but Asics have some dedicated shops with very knowledgeable staff. Good luck!

ggirl Sat 13-May-17 22:12:24

I have shit feet , unstable ankle and plantar fasciitis . My most supportive shoes are Vionic trainers , they have an orthotic sole that you can take out and put in other shoes. Not many of there stuff is remotely stylish , I have a pair of their grey trainers and they're so comfy I don't really care tbh. I can walk for miles in them without pain.

ggirl Sat 13-May-17 22:13:51

QVC do some Vionic styles and you get 30day trailer money back with them .

ProphetOfDoom Sat 13-May-17 22:17:26

New Balance & Asics for me in the trainer department although I live in casual Rocket Dogs and Dune for boots as they're supple yet tight fitting. Sketchers are terrible.

But I'm always looking for alternatives & smarter looking shoes/boots that are supportive that move with the foot, so will watch the thread with interest.

illegitimateMortificadospawn Sat 13-May-17 22:21:09

Hotter shoes are a bit on the fugly side, but most of their styles allow for removal of the insole so you can wear your orthotics inside them.

hugoagogo Sat 13-May-17 22:21:46


carrotcakecupcake Sat 13-May-17 22:57:16

If you are anywhere near the South West, Chuckles Shoes in Exeter make bespoke shoes that I've hear multiple people rave about - you might find a suitable desert boot replacement with them?

Munxx Sat 13-May-17 23:05:10

Can I tag along? I have also just been diagnosed with multiple knee/foot problems due to hypermobility and have been given insoles which I am massively struggling to even fit into shoes. It helps for a lot of people to size up but as I am already a size 8 this is proving hard! I too generally live in ankle boots, converse and flats and have been roundly told that all my footware is rubbish by my podiatrist, physio and doctor.

I have a pair of trainers from Next that I can squeeze them into. Luckily I have a job where I can wear more casual shoes, and I do a lot of walking so I would love some suggestions and some mutual support perhaps ;)

friendlyflicka Sat 13-May-17 23:22:26

Are Fitflop trainers any good? I just have very wide feet and I have found them incredibly comfortable. And, which I really didn't expect, people keep admiring them

VforVienetta Sat 13-May-17 23:45:37

ggirl hellooooo actual nice looking shoes ! Now we're talking - they look really good. Plus they do ballet flats with removable orthotics, and flip flops too.
A****, thank you!

VforVienetta Sat 13-May-17 23:50:54

carrot I'm Home Counties so not in reach of Exeter, but thanks for the rec as we're down that way at half term.

Off to check out Asics, thanks pretty & prophet

Munxx welcome to the shit feet bench! Let me know how you get on, Vionic look really promising for me.

flicka i was going to check out FitFlops too, good idea.

JakeBallardswife Sat 13-May-17 23:50:56

I second camper shoes, really comfy but quite cool. Also fitflop. Both do a 9 if need to size up.

VforVienetta Sat 13-May-17 23:59:57

Really want these now...

Wh0Kn0wsWhereTheTimeGoes Sun 14-May-17 09:11:39

Signing in to the shit feet club too. I've been wearing off the shelf orthotics on and off for about 10 years (I wear Birkenstocks when not wearing orthotics) - this has been to manage piriformis pain, successfully. Over the last couple of years my feet have been getting stiff and recently I have developed heel pain so I'm off to the podiatrist next week. I've always struggled to find supportive shoes that fit as I have high insteps and very wide feet. I think Vionic look very promising, I see they have a stockist near me so will try and pop in once I've seen the podiatrist. My biggest worry is that I do ballet and I think I might get told to give it up sad

VforVienetta Sun 14-May-17 18:30:38

Welcome WhoKnows!

I managed to buy some shoes today - i got Nike Air Max, they have a removable insole and still held my heel well even with the orthotic in.
The sides are pretty firm too.
They're kind of ugly, but hey, they fit and were in the sale, so will do for the school run until i can find something better.

VforVienetta Sun 14-May-17 18:32:42

Saw these advertised today - rather good looking FitFlop toe post sandals - any thoughts on the arch support?

Wh0Kn0wsWhereTheTimeGoes Sun 14-May-17 21:37:44

I've never tried Fitflops, those do look nice though.

ProphetOfDoom Sun 14-May-17 23:06:15

I have a pair of fitflops a bit like that, minus the toe posts, when I was suffering from plantar fasciitis & I also have a very high arch. They were about the most comfortable shoes I could wear that summer, they felt like walking on bouncy foam.

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