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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Naot Prestige - Podiatrist Review of this Comfortable Wedge Sandal...


A great combination of style and comfort!

For women who know that they can 
comfortably wear a one-and-a-half inch 
heel height, this is a great shoe!

What's great about this shoe is the thick, rigid and protective sole that offers maximal protection 
to the foot and ankle structures. 
It also has excellent strapping 
that provides forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot biomechanical control, which provides less wear-and-tear on the joints, less chance of injury and increased comfort. 

There is a subtle flap under the straps in the front of the ankle so - if you have any "bumps" such as painful bone spurs of ganglions in that area - this feature may cause you some discomfort and this may not be a good shoe choice for you.

As always, Naot has an anatomic cork & latex footbed that molds to the shape of the foot, which is one of it's most popular features and sets it apart from most shoes. 

In general, any Naot shoe that has rearfoot strapping is excellent. 

I don't recommend the Naot sandals without rearfoot strapping because (in my opinion) 
it causes the person as they walk to grip down his or her toes to stay in the shoe, which can lead to irritation and progression of such forefoot problems as:
  Hammertoes, Calluses, Morton's Neuromas, Capsulitis of the Forefoot Joints, Plantar Plate Injuries and Joint Damage.  

This shoe is also lightweight 
and offers a narrow to medium fit. 

This Shoe should be able to be worn comfortably by Patients with:

*Mild Plantar Fascitiis (Heel Pain)
*Mild Achilles Tendonitis
*Mild Hammertoes
*Mild Bunions & Tailor's Bunions
*Mild Morton's Neuroma
*Mild Metatarsalgia
*Mild Tendonitis
*Corns & Calluses

This Shoe May NOT Be Comfortable for Patients with:

*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*History of Ulcerations
*Hallux Limitus (Limited Range of Motion of the 1st Toe Joint)
*Hallux Rigidus (No motion across the 1st Toe Joint)
*Moderate to Severe Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
*Severe Hammertoes
*Moderate to Severe Osteoarthritis/Rheumatoid Arthritis 
*Moderate to Severe Capsulitis 
*Moderate to Severee Plantar Plate Injury and/or Pain
*Moderate to Severe Morton's Neuroma
*Moderate to Severe Sesmoiditis
*Moderate to Severe Metatarsalgia
*Moderate to Severe Tendonitis
*Moderate to Severe Hypermobility
*Moderate to Severe Ankle Instability
*Balance Issues
*Charcot Foot

Hope this is helpful!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy



Louise said...

I almost bought this shoe in the blue through Zappos, but they sold out of my size. I was so disappointed! I'm going to see if I can find it at another retailer.

I ordered one size up just to see the shoe. There is no adjustability across the toes, so if the straps there start out loose there is no way to adjust them. But it is a very narrow style, so it shouldn't be loose on many feet.

The Prestige has the same sole as the Naot Flirt, which I have and love. It is, indeed, a very stable shoe and works great with my plantar fasciitis. It is also a little tighter across the toes for a more snug fit on a narrow foot, but can only be tightened across the ankle, not the instep.

Another cute and funky Naot style is the Relate. Great velcro adjustments across top and back, rigid sole, awesome arch support. Definitely do NOT look like "old lady orthotic" shoes! I'm wearing mine today :-)

Dying4Chocolate said...

Hi Cathleen!
I really value your opinion and was wondering if you had ever heard of the brand Vigotti. I was looking at some of their flats (namely the Sabinus, Salinde, and Shiron) and saw that they offered much more arch support than other flats. I know they're not Danskos but do you think they are worth it?

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Louise!
Thank you so much for your info! When it comes to shoes, I learned most of what I know from listening to patients talk about what works and doesn't work for them with their shoes. I'm not able to buy every shoe that I review so your comments help me more than you know!
Thanks for reading and commenting!
Cathy McCarthy

Doctor of Podiatry Discusses and Recommends Shoes. said...

Hi Dying4Chocolate,
Thank you so much for reading the blog! I checked out the Vigotti shoes and I'm sorry to say that I don't think they are going to be a good choice for foot comfort. The problem with them is that the sole is too thin (and probably too flexible, which I can't be sure about until I feel the shoe and check it myself, which I haven't been able to do yet). I don't have a problem with ballerina flats as long as they have a thick rigid sole, which can be a challenge to find! What I do like about the Vigotti shoes is has the wide(ish) toebox and it does have rearfoot control. If you found those same shoes with a thick rigid sole - you will be sooooo much more comfortable. If it's really important to get that look, you might want to consider taking that shoe to a Cobbler or Shoe Repair shop and asking them to build up the sole to make it more thick and rigid. No one would know and it would be much more comfortable and last longer.
For a cuter look than Dansko without sacrificing comfort - check out Tsubo, Earthies and Born.
Hope all goes well and good luck!
P.S. I love dark chocolate too!
Cathy McCarthy