We’re Redesigning Our Website! Bodell’s Comfort Footwear

What's new with Bodell's Comfort Foot Wear

Whats new with Us!

We are going to be unveiling a new medically focused site where we feel like we can better reach our customers needs for comfort footwear. We have been listening to customer comments and suggestions on how to make the site better. We have been working hard to transition to our new in house marketing team and sales team. We’re working hard to create an online experience that will truly set us apart from the competition.

What to expect with the new redesign

  • More information focused on solving Orthopedic issues.
  • Better methods to communicate one on one with our shoe experts.
  • More in-depth product information
  • Clear cut information about our policies

Our goal is to be able to provide the same in-store experience that people have come to expect from Bodell’s to all of our customer’s no matter how far away they be. We know the biggest difficulty people have with buying shoes online is not knowing what you’re getting before you receive the shoe. So we want be able to take the hassle out of buying custom comfort footwear, that you’re going to love from the moment you put them on your feet. We’ve recently added SAS shoes to be sold online so check out link to America’s most comfortable shoe https://shoesrx.com/sas-shoes/

Bodell’s Shoes Won another Award!

Bodell’s Shoes was awarded The Readers Choice Award for the best shoe store in Long Beach in 2016 by the Press Telegram! This adds to an increasingly large list of awards our 58 year old store front has and gives us recognition to our dedication to provide our customers good service and excellent shoes. We are very thankful for this award that our customers voted us for and will continue to strive for the level of service that this award reflects. Thank you Long Beach!

The Best Walking Shoes for Flat Feet

Finding walking uncomfortable?

Check the soles of your feet before you veg out on the couch all day to recuperate. Nearly 30 percent of Americans struggle with flat feet, a mild physical deformity of the foot.

Known by the medical name pes planus (or sometimes “fallen arches”) this condition is almost always mild, requiring little to no intervention. But the lowered arch in flat feet can cause muscle fatigue and pain. In advanced cases, osteoarthritis can occur.

Whether you’re walking to work or just getting a bit of fresh air, finding the right support is vital to preventing further. Understanding the anatomy of a flat foot and how specialized support can help is the first step to finding the best shoes for those long evening walks. If you’re feeling a little flat about the whole thing, this short guide should brighten up your day.

Flat Feet: The How’s And Why’s

People who suffer from flat feet (be they man, woman, or child) often complain about fatigued muscles in the foot, ankle, and shin. What causes this is the pressure your foot meets with each time it touches the ground.

Foot physics vary person to person, but nearly everyone shares the same baseline in the absence of medical problems. In the average foot, pressure comes in at the heel, down the side of the foot, and then gets dispersed out around the ball of the foot. Pressure along the side of the foot radiates upward, where (hopefully) a strong ankle and calf provide the necessary support to keep you upright and comfortable.

In flat feet, the sole and arch make immediate contact with the ground, so the pressure isn’t dispersed correctly. The ankle and foot become unstable, causing your muscles to fight one another in an effort to prevent rolling or an unstable gait. They eventually become tired, tight, and achy.

Referred pain into the shin, thigh, hips, and lower back is exceptionally common and almost to be expected later in age.

For someone with flat feet, walking large distances becomes excruciating. After a few hours of walking, suddenly you’re achy-breaky tootsies desperately need a break. This can dissuade you from getting enough exercise; after all, who wants to experience pain on a regular basis?

By far, the best way to address the problem is with proper foot support. Physiotherapy can help, too, but you can significantly reduce your pain levels just by choosing the right shoes.

Birkenstocks

Need a sturdy pair of sandals to take you from downtown to the beach to the trail? Regular sneakers and trainers can feel restrictive on the beach, but going barefoot is one of the worst things you can do for flat feet. Instead, grab a pair of Birkenstock sandals with cork soles. As you wear them, the shoes mold to your foot; after just a few short weeks, you’ll find they match the shape of your arch almost perfectly.

Birkenstock is well-known for nature-inspired shoes with a high level of quality, but they go all-out with style also. Gone are the days when the company offered just one main style. Today, you’ll find everything from dressy shoes to very basic slip-ons in the brand’s line.

True “Walking Shoes”

Flat feet, high arches, or very average feet with no special features; nothing keeps your feet as comfortable as a good pair of walking shoes. As an individual style, the walking shoe focuses on providing support for the foot as you walk.  It evens out your gait and provides excellent comfort, even when you’re out for hours. High-quality walking shoes are a must-have for tourists, urban adventurers, and anyone else who spends a great deal of time on their feet.

For flat feet, choose walking shoes that feature a snug and supportive roll bar at the Achilles tendon, motion stabilizing materials, and a low-arched design. Straight lasted soles are ideal; they’ll keep your foot aligned, and thus, spread pressure evenly.

Design-wise, the sky’s the limit. Walking shoes come in a broad range of styles, and may mimic hiking boots, trainers, dress shoes, and business-appropriate oxfords. Others, like the Finn Comfort walking shoe, have a distinctly urbanized style.

Trainers

Trainers, sometimes referred to as athletic shoes, support flat feet in a few different ways. The primary benefit lies in the fact that trainers are excellent at absorbing shock, regardless of the surface you’re walking on. For someone with flat feet, who probably experiences pressure along all areas of the foot rather than just the ball or heel, that can ward off achiness and joint problems later on.

But no two trainers are alike; just as it is with every other shoe, the style you purchase can and does matter. When buying, look for shoes with an extended mid-sole and straight lashing. Supportive memory foam or gel insoles with a slightly curved arch work well for some; the mild rise in the center of the foot slightly corrects the deformity in mild cases.

To avoid: high-arch trainers with a deep rising curve in the mid-sole. Your flat feet won’t sit in them correctly, inducing pain.

Brand-wise, look to New Balance for flat-footed relief. Any of these five trainers – especially the W1540 – should suit most women just fine. Men have their own version, the M1540, with the same features in a more masculine design.

Orthopedic Shoes

Around 50 years ago, people looked at wearing orthopedic shoes as undesirable. Mid-century orthopedics focused entirely on support, sacrificing style to ensure an even and comfortable gait. Any sense of fashion went out in the window, and was then immediately replaced by a higher degree of cushioning and a bigger, bulky design.

Unfortunately, the idea that orthopedic shoes must be ugly to fit right is pervasive – not to mention entirely untrue! At first glance, you’d never even know that most of today’s orthopedics even contained special supportive technology. It’s easy to find stylish orthopedic shoes for women and men in a broad range of fashion genres.

Orthotics aren’t like your standard sneaker; many insurance plans consider them a form of medical device, even if they do look as good as they feel. The designation isn’t just an accident; orthotics often contain high-end support technology and an anatomically-correct design that hugs all areas of the foot evenly.

If you have flat feet, a shoe like the Wrangler by Deer Tracks  may help; the removable footbed slides out to make way for therapeutic insoles if needed. Others, like the Fit – AreniOne by the same brand, have a built-in fiberglass shank that aligns the arch of the foot.

Regardless of the style you choose, orthotics can help to alleviate flat foot symptoms. Even if you don’t wear them all day, wearing them around the house or when relaxing will still provide you with measurable results.

Staying stylish while supporting flat feet doesn’t have to be a distant dream. From orthopedic shoes to stylish, gel-lined dress shoes for work, modern footwear brands want to support your desire to meld fashion and comfort together. Kick up your feet, let those tender toes relax, and find a comfortable new pair of shoes to fall in love with today.

Flowery and Fabulous Reasons to Cozy Up to Cork Footbeds

 

“My kingdom for a comfortable shoe.” Words likely spoken by great shoe-lovers  in the world. Be it the notorious Imelda Marcos or just your shoe-addicted best friend, everyone seems to appreciate high-quality, comfortable footwear that’s stylish and functional all at once.

Much as with everything else in life, finding your footing comfortably starts at the bottom. A high-quality footbed supports and cradles your foot as you walk and helps to cushion your heel and toes from shock. That prevents exhausted, cramped-up tootsies, especially during long days and special events.

So what’s the best material to seek in your next pair of comfort shoes? The answer depends on your lifestyle, but by far, one of the most balanced options for comfort, durability, longevity and flexibility over time is cork. Sourced from a flowering tree, cork wood’s lightweight, porous nature makes for a stunningly breathable, healthy, and comfortable footbed.

But don’t take our word for it. Let these flowery and fabulous benefits be your guide.

Lower Ecological Footprint

There’s a common misconception that cork is a man-made material put together in factories, first shredded then reconstituted like particleboard. While man-made cork does exist, real cork wood insoles are sourced directly from the inner bark of several specific trees, usually Quercus Suber. These trees grow naturally in certain areas of Europe.

What makes them so special is that harvesters can remove the inner layer of cork without cutting down the tree. Farmers tend and care for the trees, who in turn provide us with cork and clean the air. Most cork wood tree forests are managed sustainably through necessity; a good harvest only takes place about once every 9 years. The ideal harvesting time is at year 35 to 38 – long after the tree spends decades benefitting the Earth.

Once the corkwood is harvested, it’s left to age for about six months. Then, it undergoes a pressurized boil that softens it and increases flexibility. Unlike plastics and latex, it doesn’t require heavy chemicals or very much petroleum at all. From there, it’s used by manufacturers of beautiful shoes like Birkenstocks.

Odor Resistance

Ever finish up at the gym only to discover your favorite footwear smells a bit rank? If so, you’ve experienced one of the most common shoe problems to plague mankind. Sweating and activity produce bacteria on the foot; this bacteria is what leads to stinky foot syndrome.

If your shoes are too restrictive, the problem becomes even worse because everything gets trapped inside.

Cork wood, in contrast, has natural antimicrobial properties. That means it resists the growth of bacteria and other smell-inducing critters. When placed into a sneaker or activewear shoe, it can significantly reduce the frequency with which you need to wash your shoes.

But this isn’t just beneficial for activewear; it’s ideal for dress shoes and other clothing worn for special events and high-stress situations, too. Shoes like our Johanna by Hallux Fidelio prevent odorific emergencies when you’re in business meetings or out and about downtown.

Mold Resistance

Cork’s antimicrobial properties have an added benefit: it also reduces the propensity for shoes to become moldy or musty over time, even if you toss them in the attic for a few years. Cork is such a good mold inhibitor that many construction companies and home renovation specialists use it within flooring, particularly in bathrooms, kitchens, and other high-moisture locations.

Why exactly is cork wood so superior for mold resistance? It’s hydrophobic and nearly impermeable to moisture. Inside each cell is a harmless gas known as suberin; this protects the material from organics like mold, algae, and other potential invaders.

Cork wood’s impermeability and hydrophobic surface, in nature, protects the cork wood tree from the elements. In your shoes, it serves the same role when warding off mold.

Flexes to Your Foot

Being flexible is important. Become too rigid and you’re more likely to break, crack, or fracture under the pressure, not to mention how uncomfortable you’ll be. That’s true for just about everything in life, be it human or shoe footbed. Unlike other materials, cork wood is remarkably flexible, but in a way that’s more similar to memory foam than to a pipe cleaner – it bounces back over time.

For you, the shoe wearer, that means that your new shoes will eventually conform to the natural curves of your arch, toes, and heel. Sometimes it can take a couple of weeks, but cork insoles and footbeds generally mold to your unique form, providing better support for your foot.

Despite the fact that cork is flexible, it’s extremely strong, too, so there’s no need to worry about it cracking or breaking under pressure.

Absorbs Shock

Cork wood’s flexibility grants it the ability to absorb shock remarkably well. That’s what makes it so fantastic in comfort shoes. Whether sandals or boots with a heel like this Munroe by Nikita, cork footbeds disperse pressure more evenly over the foot because each cell has a unique 14-sided shape that can collapse in seconds and re-expand slowly over time. The average piece of cork, depending on its density, can shrink down to approximately 15 percent or less of its original size; by the time it becomes this small, it’s already absorbed most of the shock and pressure. Higher-density cork offers more durability, while lower-density cork absorbs shock more rapidly and reliably.

That means fewer heel aches, toes that don’t become pinched and crowded, and less lower leg, lower back, and hip pain. You can enjoy more comfortable movement whether you’re stepping out in these FINN walking shoes or just taking the dog for a walk.

Active footwear also benefits from cork’s shock-absorbing properties. Long-distance runners who frequently run on pavement or concrete tracks stand to benefit the most, though cork footbeds in hiking boots and sports shoes can also be extremely beneficial.

Cork is a wondrous, reliable, and sustainable material for footwear. In a world that’s slowly (but surely) moving towards greener living and higher quality products, it just makes good sense to use it in footbeds, insoles, and other fashion materials. Not only will you feel better purchasing shoes that you know are better for the environment, but your feet will thank you, too.

How to Stay Fashionable in Comfort Footwear

You want to look your best, whether you’re lounging around the house or stepping out into the shopping district to find a brand-new outfit for work. You also want to feel comfortable, relaxed, and able to move around freely while you do it – that’s where comfort footwear comes in.

What do you picture when you think of comfort wear?

Do you envision drab, boring flats, and snooze-ville sneakers?

If so, you should know that dressed-down doesn’t necessarily mean dowdy.

New technologies and forward-thinking designers have managed to meld both style and comfort together in new and fashionable ways. If you’re struggling to make the connection, this guide will help you break down the basics so you can look your best and find the most comfortable shoes for your lifestyle.

Related: What are the most comfortable shoes for men and women?

You Don’t Need to Sacrifice Comfort for Quality

It’s easy to slip into the idea that comfort = low-quality, but surprisingly, the opposite is typically true. Bargain basement sneakers, sandals, and flats might seem to look similar to more expensive brands, but their low price point comes with a sacrifice in material quality.

Loose stitching, low-quality suede, and cheap rubber soles won’t necessarily make themselves obvious at first, but after you wear them for a time, your brand-new shoes may start to look a bit like you’ve been wearing them for five or more years.

Instead, shop for relaxed footwear from a reliable brand that’s time-tested and respected, like Birkenstock. Their Suri 273 is an excellent example of style and comfort melted into one, especially for warmer weather. The durable suede leather upper comes in a variety of shades to suit your changing mood, while the flexible and long-lasting soles cradle your foot in luxurious comfort. Best of all, they’re multi-talented; pair them with a dress for brunch or a pantsuit for business.

Activewear? Not Just for Active Living!

Hate dress shoes? Here’s the good news: you can fill their role with the right activewear for your feet, thanks to modern and classy new designs. The once-lowly sneaker and outdoor tennis shoe is no longer a denizen of only the court; instead, designers are starting to recognize their comfort for what it should be – a regular player.

Classy white or black oxford-style sneakers look just as suitable under suit trousers as they do at the gym. Double monks are nearly indistinguishable from dress shoes when crafted in fine Italian leather, but inside, it’s all comfort, all day long.

Need something street-smart with urban appeal? Activewear designers have your back. Check out these beautiful tan Chennai shoes by Finn Comfort for women. For men, Ecco’s Bison Cow Leather Chukka boot is hard to beat.

Rock Wedges Or Chunky Heels, Not Stilettos

Any woman who has worn stilettos for an entire day – especially if you happen to be on your feet for most of the day – knows the after-effects all too well. Stilettos may be beautiful, but they aren’t exactly comfortable to wear, and over-wearing them could even cause repetitive strain injuries in the lower legs and back. If you’re already lamenting the loss of your favorite sensual shoe, don’t despair just yet: there’s a way to get the best of both worlds without giving up.

Wedges, kitten heels, and chunky heels all have one thing in common: they distribute pressure around the heel more evenly. What that means for you, dear shoe lover, is better stability and fewer aches after a long day. Just like sneakers, they, too, now come in enough styles to suit a variety of situations including business and casual outings.

Some, like Jillie by Munroe, are fancy enough for even the most high-end party when paired with a sleek matte black or red dress. Others, like Mara by Munroe, are a little bit more demure, pairing well with dresses and dress pants alike. Others are more whimsical in design with polka dots, checkered upper soles, or shimmery suede. Whichever you choose, look for a wide, stable heel for maximum comfort or a thinner, kitten-style heel for more sensuality and style.

Match The Right Shoe with the Right Outfit

Last, but not least, is the importance of matching the right comfort shoe with the right outfit. You, fashion-lover, are a modern footwear cupid, and your decisions can make or break your sense of style. But have no fear: a few basic shoe-matching guidelines and a bit of fashion mojo are all you need to make the best matches.

Jeans

Wearing jeans? You have the most flexibility. A stylish sneaker or tennis shoe works best for casual dates and afternoons downtown. Step the look up with a casual low-upper boot or leather loafers. A casual ankle boot with cutouts adds sensuality for women, while rich Italian leather uppers in black or navy blue dress them up for men.

Dresses

Dresses are a bit more complex. In the summer, pair light-colored dresses with comfort wedges featuring natural elements like twine, cork, or wood. In the fall, warmer fall and winter dresses pair better with boot-style wedge heels. Not into heels? This is the perfect time to mix in simple and sublime flats like this Aline shoe by Beautifeel. They’re a dead ringer for fancier shoes, but with an absolutely divine, out-of-this world soft interior.

Business

Wearing a suit to a business meeting, or meeting clients for tea? Skip anything loud or sensational and stick with time-honored basics like low-heeled pumps, oxfords and loafers. All three of these options carry a casual, friendly and approachable look without making you appear stiff, cold, or rigid, and oxfords are an essential for any man’s closet.

Color Matching Matters, Too

Shade, color, and texture-wise, you have a few options depending on the outfit you wear. Always strive to match the color(s) in your shoes to either the most dominant color in your outfit or a less dominant, but still obvious color instead.

Here’s an example: you’re wearing dark blue jeans, a white tee-shirt, and a black leather jacket. Pairing this outfit with dark navy blue loafers might seem like an okay choice (and it really is), but it’s not really anything special. Switch out the navy blue loafers for either white or black instead and you’ll create contrast that draws the eye up and down your body.

An example in the other direction: You’re wearing a basic business suit in black, but you’ve grabbed a fairly bright red pair of leather loafers to go along with it. The only way this might work is if you’re wearing a red dress shirt under your jacket, but typically, bold colors paired with basics will compete with your look. Try a darker brick red, or go for a black lace-up wingtip with red laces.

It’s important to be cautious with shade, too; aim for the closest match between your outfit and your shoes. Avoid pairing off-colors, like pinkish-red or off-white, with bold-colored clothing in fire engine red or crisp snow white. The match won’t look quite right and will depreciate your look. If all else fails, go to a simple and timeless favorite – black. It matches nearly everything and won’t let you down.

With just a few basic footwear fashion guidelines, it’s easy to put your own creative spin on comfort footwear. Dressed for success in your Sunday best or just relaxing around the house, looking your best will make you feel your best, too.

 

Stylish Slippers to Get You Through The Winter

Today’s modern woman doesn’t settle for a sub-par job.

She doesn’t sacrifice her career for her family or vice versa, and she most certainly won’t choose between having a fulfilling social life with her friends or a loving relationship with her family. 21st century fashion mirrors today’s go-getter, do-it-all woman, and comfortable, versatile and practical shoes are a reflection of that all-deserving lifestyle.

Below are our picks for this season’s most stylish winter shoes fit for every type of today’s modern, fashionable woman.

BeautiFeel Shoes

The BeautiFeel brand was born out of creativity, love, femininity and commitment, along with wishes to share those attributes with every woman in the world. It holds the power to originate, innovate, captivate and excite each woman who wears a BeautiFeel brand shoe.

The Broadway

To say these darling, city-chic shoes are on point for this Fall/Winter season is an understatement. The Broadway is elegant and casual with a trendy finishing touch. Made from premium Italian suede and accented with handcrafted luxurious welt, this extremely comfortable walking shoe is ideal for your commute, (sans snow and slush) looks amazing with denim and even pairs well with your holiday dresses. Thank you, Manolo Blahnik for making low heels the new high heels.

The Blues

Similar to the Broadway, the Blues shoe is an adorable, updated loafer for the fashionable girl wanting to stay as comfortable as possible without sacrificing her style. Equipped with small, cutout polka dots on the sides and a leather lining and insole, the Blues is a showstopper from the inside out. Its patent leather sheen gives this walking shoe a formal touch great for the office, girls’ night outs and holiday get-togethers.

Birkenstock Shoes

At Birkenstock, tradition and heritage are the leading hallmarks of the brand. Birkenstock is deeply rooted in the fine art of crafting premium quality shoes, dating back to 1774. Passing the commitment of quality, comfort and support, the Birkenstock brand ensures the highest standards in shoe making.

The Boston

Ah, the classic Birkenstock shoe. The Boston is an excellent addition to your wardrobe for those last minute errands that need run and those long, lazy days of winter. Hand sewn and made of 100 percent natural leather, this open back clog is the shoe you simply cannot live without during the winter season. The Boston’s suede upper is exceptionally soft and comfortable and has a deep heel cup which aligns your foot naturally for even weight distribution and proper support. You feet will be in heaven no matter where you take them.

ECCO Shoes

Bringing style and comfort to every moment, the ECCO brand isn’t afraid to stand out from the rest, and is known for “slipping on attitude.” Ensuring a highly comfortable, hardwearing, light and flexible shoe, it is important to the ECCO brand that the details are never looked over, but always looked out for.

The Aimee Sport Slip-On

Clean and simple with a contemporary twist is the name of this shoe’s game. Every stylish gal needs a good pair of “grab and go” shoes, and the Aimee is that pair. The Aimee Sport shoe is a fun and fashionable sneaker similar to the street style fashion sneakers that have been so popular the past few seasons on and off the runway. The classic black and white color combination brings this walking shoe to new style heights, while the front to back platform adds just enough interest. The ECCO Comfort Fibre System is installed in this shoe, which helps to keep feet fresh, dry and cozy.

Cozy Moc

The all-time winter favorite is the moccasin shoe. The Cozy Moc by ECCO is the ultimate cold weather slipper for lounging in the house and cozying up at the log cabin-like corner bar. Complete with glued-in leather footbed and full-grain leather upper, this slip-on shoe increases air circulation for a desirable inner climate. Available in camel, nude and maroon colors, these moccasins are all light and flexible with a slimming profile and modern detailing. Fireplace or no fireplace, the Cozy Moc is sure to warm you up.

Cozy Moc Bootie

Say hello to Cozy Moc’s trendier cousin, Cozy Moc Bootie. If you’re on the hunt for a snug, cuddle-worthy moccasin, you’re in luck, for the Cozy Moc Bootie slipper surrounds your feet with the utmost comfort and warmth, giving your entire foot a sweet hug. These highly breathable and moisture absorbent shoes are made from premium leathers and a 100 percent shearling lining. The dainty bow gives this casual slipper a nice feminine touch, while the foldable ankle wraparound makes for an edgier appearance.

Fara Slip-On

Similar to the Aimee Sport Slip-On, only with a higher platform and a sleeker finish, we give you the (somewhat) fancy Fara shoe. Designed for comfort and style, this relaxed slip-on takes on a more modern form of the original slip-on sneaker with its ridged bottom and high ankle. Also black and white like the Aimee, the Fara can be worn on many occasions, from everyday wear and quick lunches to long commutes and casual Fridays. Appareled with the new fashion classic design, the outsole of this shoe is incredibly flexible and durable, assuring happy, healthy feet.

Shape Textured Ballerina

Sophisticated and simple, the Shape Textured Ballerina flat can be worn for just about any occasion. The pointed toe and tiny heel make this updated ballerina flat the winter season’s new staple shoe. Made from premium leather throughout, this contemporary, minimalist slipper is great for women of all ages. The barely there embroidered floral design gives this specialty shoe the right amount of elegance, while the shape contours your foot for enhanced support and fit.

Haflinger Shoes

Haflinger is a family-owned business that has been creating premium comfort shoes and slippers for over 50 years. The brand is known for its boiled wool slippers and wool felt clogs, offering a selection of both classics and new styles with on-trend designs.

For the homebodies, the stay-at-home-moms, the work-at-home professionals and the like, the Haflinger brand invites you into a whole new paradigm of comfort and style. From wonderfully colorful patterns and crazy designs to animal prints and classic looks, there is a slipper for any gal in need of an ultra cozy shoe.

Calypso Slippers

If you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, the Calypso will put you into a good, no, great mood. Featuring a multi-patterned, multi-colored design, the Calypso’s contoured, wool footbed molds perfectly to your foot for customized comfort and style. The slipper’s upper is made of 100 percent boiled wool, with the insole made of wool felt offering traction to dance about happily all over the kitchen floor. You’ll be your foot’s best friend in these super fun, super cozy Haflinger slippers.

Coffee Slippers

How cute are these coffee slippers? If you haven’t had your cup (or cups) of coffee already, these slippers will get your day started a little bit earlier while you brew. Featuring a coffee wool applique, Haflinger’s Coffee Slippers are made from boiled wool, are naturally soft and sturdy, and are machine washable. The latex arch support of these too-cute-for-words slippers massages your foot with every step, while the double-felt outsole adds the perfect blend of cushion and traction, allowing you to dance to Christmas tunes on every surface in your home.

Doggy Slippers

Did you think the cuteness factor ended at the Coffee Slippers? Well, the Haflinger brand has added another level of adorable with its Doggy Slippers. The Doggy Slippers are soft and cuddly well-suited for those cold winter nights, yet sturdy and durable for multiple winter seasons to come. The wool upper on these shoes is lightweight and breathable, and molds to your feet like a second skin. In addition to the perfect temperature wool material, the arch support prevents many foot problems, including Plantar Fasciitis. These awe-worthy slippers are sure to fit a variety of personalities, and are guaranteed to make anyone wearing them smile.

Mephisto Shoes

Mephisto shoes are investments in the health, happiness and comfort of your feet, back and legs. The materials, construction techniques and quality components used to make Mephisto shoes are never compromised. The designers and engineers of the Mephisto brand are on a continuous search to improve the comfort features of their footwear, “making the finest even finer.”

Sabatina

This shoe may not look like it from the outside, but it was designed to be slipped on and off as easily as a house slipper. The Sabatina by Mephisto is an exquisite patent leather fashion loafer that means serious business. The oversize, chunky design of this highly modern and incredibly stylish shoe was made for the girl boss in every woman. In addition to the shoe’s breathable soft leather upper and strong rubber outsole, it features a removable leather air-jet insole for an added comfortable feel. Pairing well with denim, slacks, skirts and dresses, the Sabatina is one hot commodity you don’t want to pass up on.

Valentina

A much more understated, but nonetheless stylish shoe of the Mephisto family is the Valentina. Made for casual wear, this slip-on, seriously fashionable sneaker could be the coolest shoe on the market. This walking shoe features a soft-air midsole for extra comfort, as well as strong rubber outsole that is built to last. While the actual model of the shoe itself is classic, the deep oxblood color and laceless bridge are unexpected, making the Valentina the “it” shoe this winter season.

Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis Footpain

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in adults. The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous connective tissue that attaches to the heel bone, runs across the bottom of the foot and fans out to connect at the base of each toe. It provides support for the arch of the foot, helps to lift the arch during normal walking and also acts as a shock absorber during walking and running.

Overuse of the plantar fascia, most commonly during weight-bearing athletics such as running or even extended periods of standing, can cause small, repetitive tears in the fibers that make up the fascia.

The resultant inflammation and swelling produces the pain of plantar fasciitis. Damage is most common in areas where the stress on the connective tissue is greatest and where the fascia is thinnest, as it curves around the back of the heel. Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in older people people because the heel fat pad that normally protects the plantar fascia in this region things with age. Patients with plantar fasciitis typically feel a sharp pain in the heel, particularly on rising in the morning and at the beginning of a walk or run, that may fade as they warm up. The pain may also occur with prolonged standing and is sometimes accompanied by stiffness.

Some Brands That Relieve this Pain

– Finn Comfort

  • Finn Comfort is a German made shoe with meticulously hand-stitched seams for superior flexibility and comfort.
  • Concave heel design provides extra shock resistance  and cushioning to relieve stress on knees, hips and spine.
  • Durable, lightweight and flexible polyurethane and/or rubber outsole is highly shock-absorbent and gentle on joints.
  • Removable anatomically correct orthopedic footbeds with contoured arch and metatarsal support provides great fit, optimum support and superior comfort.
  • Many Finn Comforts also feature a small Rocker Bottom which is designed to center you in the arch of your foot which relieves pressure on the Plantar Fascia. Featured: Ikebekuro

Indian Red Finn Comfort Ikebukuro | ShoesRx

New Balance

  • Technology and innovation are at the forefront of the New Balance shoe brand. Every shoe model is carefully designed for today’s active person.
  • Encap – Cushioning in the midsole with a polyurethane rim for a more durable wear.
  • Rollbar – A posting system added to reduce the movement on the heel, preventing pronation or suppenation of the foot.
  • Abzorb – Cushioning in the heel for an optimum comfort while walking and running.
  • New Balance Technology focused shoes provide extra cushion and support that combined together provides excellent relief for any individual suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. Featured: WW1540
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-SAS (San Antonio Shoemakers)

  • SAS Tripad™ Construction: It features 3 built-in green odor-resistant cushions for the three main pressure points of your foot; the inside ball, outside ball and the heel. Each shoe is made with high quality materials that never lose their shock-absorbing capacity.

  • SAS Foot-Shape® Last: Each shoe was constructed on a last that was built to follow the natural shape of your foot. They provide supreme comfort while giving ample breathing room for your toes.

  • All Day Supersoft® Lightweight Sole: They are designed to feature a wider sole that provides increased base stability while giving excellent shock absorption in key pressure points. Every SAS sole is made of very durable molded polyurethane containing millions of tiny air bubbles to cushion your every step.

  • SAS features many different technologies to ensure a comfortable fit. The Walk Easy specifically features a small rocker bottom designed to take the weight off the heel relieving much of the footpain that comes with Plantar Fasciitis. Featured: Walk Easy

 

The Best Running Shoes for Women

Running may sound like a chore, but once you get into the groove, you will wonder how you ever lived your life without it.

Running even five-ten minutes a day is associated with a drastically reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Every time you run, you decrease your resting heart rate, so the more you run, the better.

Why should you become a runner?

The number one reason you should become a runner, if you aren’t one already, is for your health.

In addition to other endorphin-releasing factors like the challenge of building up an endurance, achieving personal goals and running for a cause, running is the ultimate feel-good physical activity.

So once you have your runner’s mindset in check, the next step is to make sure you’ve got the right running shoes to ensure your body is under the best preparation for that first, freeing run. Below is a roundup of the best winter women’s running shoes for your feet, your hips and yes, your appearance.

ECCO Shoes

Form follows function in ECCO women’s shoes. ECCO products were built for casual wear, outdoor performance and easy walking. The shoes we’ve highlighted under the ECCO brand are the Biom Trail Lite, Arizona Toggle, Arizona Tie and Terratrail.

Biom Trail Lite

No need to pound the pavement with this high-tech ladies running shoe. Full of comfort technology to enhance your running experience, the Biom Trail Lite is ideal for the gal who isn’t afraid to tough a wooded path, rain, snow or shine. The unique Ecco Biom Natural Motion System ensures every step is supported and cushioned even on the roughest terrains.

Arizona Toggle

The Arizona Toggle shoe by Ecco is great for quick, on-the-go wear. This snappy shoe features a speed lace entry for easy on and off wear. It is ideal for powering through your everyday errands with comfort and ease.

Arizona Tie

Hello, modern mom shoe! The suede and mesh uppers give this everyday fashionable shoe an updated look while adhering to the traditional sporty, stable ECCO brand standards. The textured midsole with contrasting stripes and stitches gives this durable shoe a nice twist on the classic white, lace-up tennis shoe.

Terratrail

This smart, lace-up shoe was made for unbeatable comfort and unspeakable style. Feet are kept cool and fresh all day long with the Inlay, a special fabric lining ensuring a hygienic environment. Extremely light and soft to wear, The Terratrail comes in two standout colors of coral blush and petrol coral.

Mephisto Shoes

The Mephisto brand is the golden standard for long-lasting, comfort-oriented footwear. Going the extra mile to ensure complete satisfaction for customers, Mephisto shoes are designed and built for pure walking and running pleasure, offering the ultimate luxurious comfort and quality build in every shoe. Our Mephisto favorites are the Dakona, Yoana, Bajana, Dalina and Dascha Tex.

Dakona

The Dakona Allrounder by Mephisto is a perfect everyday sporty sneaker designed for long-term comfort. Equipped with a plush memory-foam insole, breathable mesh upper and textile lining, the Dakona is a vibrant and practical running shoe for the girl on the go. The coolest feature? The shoes are slip-ons.

Yoana

Another excellent choice by the Mephisto Brand is the Yoana shoe. It features a removable, leather Air-Jet insole and a Soft-Air flexible midsole for a super supportive and cozy feel. Like the Dakona, the Yoana is also a slip-on tennis shoe with a breathable upper, ideal for long walks outside or vigorous running workouts.

Bajana

The Bajana Allrounder shoe is where casual sneaker meets serious running shoe. It features a synthetic lining and removable insole, providing a fabulous foot cushion for your feet. Equipped with a water-resistant leather upper and rubber outsole for traction, the Bajana also pairs well with denim for everyday errands or last minute going-ons.

Dalina

“Sleek” isn’t a typical term used to describe a tennis shoe, but the Dalina is different. The Dalina is the choice shoe for an active lifestyle. Designed with a shock absorbing heel and memory foam footbed, this sleek running shoe is practical for everyday wear, long runs and everything in between.

Dascha Tex

If you’re in search for something different, the Dascha Tex has you covered. This all-purpose shoe is ideal for hiking. The rubber and nubuck uppers give this forest green active shoe an unexpected stylish look while featuring Mephi-Tex technology which prevents water from getting to your feet while maintaining stability and breathability.

New Balance Shoes

Technology and innovation are at the forefront of the New Balance running shoe brand. Every shoe model is carefully designed for today’s active woman. Our New Balance favorites include models 1080, 1540 and Ww847.

New Balance 1080

The New Balance 1080 was designed for the ultimate cushion and support meant for a running shoe. The brand new Fresh Foam midsole is so ridiculously comfortable, you will be signing up for your first marathon in no time. The unique engineered material allows you to run for miles and miles without stopping. Bonus feature: a platform making you taller and leaner.

New Balance 1540

The 1540 from the New Balance brand provides superb comfort and control for tracking your miles. In addition to having the highest level in stability for everyday running, the 1540 shoe features a high quality polyurethane sole that is 100 percent durable and flexible, and will keep water out if you’re trekking in unpleasant weather. Available in blackest black and supreme silver, this tennis shoe will take your running game to new heights.

New Balance Ww847

This shoe features an OrthoLite Foam around the collar to provide total comfort throughout your entire foot. Its RollBar midsole and Abzorb cushioning provides your feet with extra stability and comfort. The Ww847 is an example of the New Balance superlative shoe; classic, comfortable and well-made.

Sanita Brand Shoes

The Sanita brand footwear line begins with great style. When it’s time to go for a run, Sanita experts make sure you get the performance you want and need from a good workout. Great for exploring on a hiking trail and the go-to shoe for your everyday gym time, Sanita doesn’t disappoint. When it comes to running, the Tranquility shoe from the Sanita Collection can do no wrong.

Tranquility

This wild-designed shoe is simple in production, but loud in its appearance. Less expensive than other popular running shoes, the Tranquility from Sanita was built for getting the best out of your walking experience. It is the perfect blend of style and comfort, crafted using knitted material for a breathable and comfortable feel. The intricate details add to its visual appeal, protecting your foot from abrasions and cuts. You can also easily adjust the fit of this shoe to suit your walking or running needs.

If these running shoes aren’t enough to light a fire for your workout desire, here are some more health benefits to getting your running game on and keeping it strong.

Running strengthens your joints

  • Running is good for your heart
  • Running torches serious calories
  • Running is a killer leg workout
  • Running gives you ABS
  • Running doesn’t require any gym equipment
  • Running doubles as meditation
  • “Runner’s high” is a real thing

You can count on the above brands, as well as the major health benefits, for putting your best (running) foot forward.

 

 

What Are the Most Comfortable Shoes for Men and Women?

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.

THIS JUST IN: New ECCO Track Work Boots

Ecco’s Track II and Rugged Track provide superior comfort in work boots. Each are made with highly durable, full-grain leather uppers that provide breatheability and flexibility in the shoe.

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ECCO Track II and Track II low

The Full leather upper, combined with GORE-TEX technology, the ECCO II offers maximum comfort and protection from water. The ECCO II comes in both a high cut and a low cut, both of which have a direct-injected Thermoplastic Polyurethane outsole that is light, comfortable, and a first choice for everyday jobs and outdoor activities.

 

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ECCO Rugged Track GTX

The ECCO Rugged Tack GTX is the perfect blend of everyday appeal and superior functionality. With a high cut full leather upper and GORE-TEX construction, the Rugged Track remains comfortable and waterproof under tough conditions. Thanks to extra cushion and an anatomically designed last, these can be worn all day without discomfort. The outsole is made with patented RECEPTOR technology in order to maintain traction on uneven and slippery surfaces.