As more and more people are realizing that shoes can be fashionable and functional, they aren’t settling for anything less.
We won’t choose an unattractive pair of sneakers just because they feel good, and we most certainly won’t sacrifice our toes getting crushed in a gorgeous pair of heels. And people with medical foot conditions are no exception to this rule. If you are someone who is prescribed medical footwear, or someone looking to prevent future foot problems, we have great news for you. You can now have your (cute, correcting) boots and wear them too.
Providing the ultimate comfort and protection to keeping your feet healthy, ShoesRX has the absolute best selection of orthopedic shoes that don’t look like orthopedic shoes at all. Guaranteeing confidence, comfort and style, we’ve compiled a list of the most fashionably functional footwear.
What are orthopedic shoes?
‘Ortho’ is a Greek root that means “correct” or “right,” while ‘pedic’ means “feet.” Put them together and you get…correct feet! This makes sense, as orthopedic shoes provide arch support, heel support and generously proportioned toe boxes allowing your feet to maintain the natural (or correct) shape when you wear them.
Orthopedic shoes are specially designed shoes that provide support and pain relief for anyone suffering from any type of pain in the legs, ankles and feet. Basic footwear doesn’t accomplish the necessary support needed to treat conditions that require medical shoes. Depending on the health problem of the wearer, the design for each shoe varies, as there is no one design that will effectively work for all types of foot, ankle or leg problems.
Initially, orthopedic shoes were created distinctly for function while overlooking fashion, but now many brands of orthopedic shoes have made it a point to design attractive, stylish models for the wearer.
Who are orthopedic shoes for?
Many people assume that orthopedic shoes are only for the elderly, but people of all ages wear them.
If you are suffering from heel pain or are simply seeking stellar foot and ankle support, the following brands are for you. The orthopedic shoe technology found in each pair of shoes is based on years of podiatric medical success and innovative collaboration from renowned experts in biomechanics and foot health. Manufacturers and designers from these brands are more than confident that wearers will love the way each shoe makes you feel from the contoured design and fit to the proven pain alleviation.
The following brands for both men and women produce shoes designed for diabetic feet and other medical foot conditions. They feature everything meant to provide foot pain relief and more, including proprietary ergonomic soles, orthotic support, patented closures and protective linings. And of course, the best style!
Men’s Allen Edmond’s Eastport Dress Shoe
This shoe has the coolest look. Its rustic color, classic design and unpredictable shine are just the outside elements that make this a fantastic staple shoe for men of all ages. Looking great with slacks or denim, this three-eyelet hand-sewn boat shoe is extremely functional and transitional given its classic color and shape yet bold concept.
Men’s Mephisto Cirano Shoe
These sharp-looking, slip-on dress shoes are a necessary addition to any man’s closet. The soft-air technology of the Mephisto brand assures your feet will never feel tired. The flexible midsole protects your feet, offers joint relief, and ensures proper care for your back. Handcrafted from the best natural leathers, the Mephisto Cirano is the ultimate confidence-booster.
Men’s Naot Success Shoe
The name says it all for these clean cut dress shoes. Featuring soft genuine leather and extra foam padding in the tongue and collar, this business shoe is excellent for the office, suitable for casual wear and especially useful for those cold winter nights.
Women’s Calima Naot Boot
This genuine leather, distressed high ankle boot is the best of both worlds when it comes to fashion and comfort. Offering a mattress soft step inside and an edgy look outside, this women’s orthopedic boot plays the roles of chic, rocker and classic with its high quality standards and updated features, all in one. This trend meets comfort boot features a footbed lining that wicks away moisture and fights bacteria with antimicrobial microfiber material.
Women’s Carla Heel
Heels for orthopedic footwear? You bet. This sophisticated ladies pump is a multi-seasonal mid-heel shoe that looks great with a pair of jeans as well as a fancy LBD. They are made from premium quality soft leather and feature a unique, hand-cut, sequin finish. Offering an EVA midsole designed to absorb shock and prevent foot fatigue; the Carla also offers traction that isn’t found in other heeled shoes. Compliments will be paid multiple times daily when adorning these incredibly stylish shoes.
Women’s Finn Comfort Sterzing Boot
Waterproof? Check. Warm? Check. Off-the-charts stylish? Check, check. The Sterzing is that impossible to find winter boot; the one that stylishly withstands the winter season at an incredible price. The upper is made of premium waterproof leather to keep feet dry, and is lined with the finest calfskin to keep feet cozy. The concave heel design provides extra shock resistance and cushioning to relieve stress on knees, hips and spine.
Women’s Touch 35 Boot
It doesn’t get much chicer than this simple and sleek ankle boot. No one would ever know this stylish shoe would function as one of the best shoes for stability and correction due to its high fashion appearance. Equipped with a removable EVA cushioned insole and a thermal rubber outsole for extra durability and traction, the Touch 35 is perfect for everyday wear and can be easily dressed up.
Women’s Acorn Moc Slipper
This women’s slipper moccasin is an amazing alternative to the tired UGG Boot trend. Simple, casual and stylish are descriptors at the forefront of this shoe. Great for the on-the-go girl not wanting to fuss with tying and zipping before heading out the door, the Acorn Moc guarantees the happiest and healthiest of feet.
Women’s Naot Shamal Boot
It is amazing how many ways this western-inspired boot can be styled. The knee-high Naot Shamal boot is one of the most fashionable boots around, not excluding non-orthopedic shoes. Designed with contrasting leathers and a sturdy wooded heel, this look-at-me shoe is a different and modern twist on the original cowgirl look, in the best way.