From lace-ups to brogues, boots to loafers, FRANKiE4 Footwear offers the perfect blend of style & comfort for those needing extra supportive footwear, or those needing to swap out the functional footbed to fit their own orthotic. On-trend looks combined with cushioning to cocoon the whole foot, FRANKiE4’s range of orthotic friendly styles suit anyone who needs to wear an orthotic, but doesn’t want to compromise on style!
Every brand and style of shoe is made differently, so it is important to carefully check how your orthotic fits when you transfer it to a different pair of shoes. Orthotics can come in different shapes and sizes, so some styles might work better than other styles for you.
Qualities to look for in an orthotic friendly shoes include:
– A stable base that won’t twist easily
– A firm mid-sole
– Firm heel counter – the heel counter (back of the shoe) must not bend inward easily
– Wider toe box
– Breathable materials to help keep the foot dry and infection-free
– Smooth interiors to avoid scratching the skin or placing too much pressure in areas
– Have enough flexibility where the shoe bends as you walk
If you’ve got a orthotic that is the same size or slightly smaller than the FRANKiE4 footbed, then good news! Your orthotic will fit in just about any of the FRANKiE4 styles with removable footbeds. Here at All Podiatry & The Shoe Co. our podiatrists are on hand to assist you in any fitting questions you may have when choosing your orthotic friendly shoe.
To check the fit yourself, pop your orthotic into the shoe (don’t force it, if you need to force it then it’s an indication right away that the orthotic isn’t going to fit) slide your hand into the front of your shoe and feel the length and width of the orthotic in comparison to the shoe. If your orthotic fits correctly, it will lie flat on the base of your shoe – it will not tilt up either side of your shoe. If you can feel a bulge or space between the side of your orthotic and your shoe the orthotic doesn’t fit. A poor fitting orthotic may slide around in the shoe or stretch it, not providing you with the support you require.
Come visit us in store to get fitted in any of the FRANKiE4 orthotic friendly styles below.