The Gnarly Velvet Boot
The Preston Loafer
If you are familiar with Jeffrey Campbell's shoe designs you will immediately realize that these are two very tame choices from his latest collection! If for aesthetic value alone, I love looking at his newest shoe designs - they are weird, wacky and fun. These two also happen to be comfortable, which is what this blog is about - how to find good looking shoes that are good for your feet and are pathology specific.
Both of these shoes have a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole, which is the key to a comfortable shoe. The curve upward in the forefoot area of the sole allows for a smooth and normal gait while the thick and rigid sole allows no motion through the foot, which means less mechanical strain, less chance of injury and more comfort for all day wear. If you have any forefoot issues such as Functional Hallux Limitus, Morton's Neuroma, Capsulitis, Metatarsalgia or Plantar Plate Injuries - the thick and rigid sole will prevent motion through those areas for more protection and comfort.
The wide, square toebox is great for accommodating mild to moderate bunions and hammertoes. The rearfoot control is excellent and the boot is a great choice for you need more ankle control. I would highly recommend wearing a custom-molded dress orthotic with these shoes to maximize biomechanical control of the arch, which will help with knee, hip and lower back issues.
These shoes are recommended for patients with:
*Functional Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion through the 1st toe joint)
*Plantar Plate Issues
*Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
*Over-Pronation & Flat Feet (wear custom-molded dress orthotic)
*Previous Lisfranc's Injuries
*Hypermobility and Ligament Laxity (wear dress orthotics)
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Mild Rheumatoid Arthritis (Check with your Podiatrist)
*Sinus Tarsi Syndrome
These shoes are not recommended for patients with:
*Severe Hallux Rigidus (No motion through 1st toe joint)
*Significant 'bumps' (exotosis) on the top of the midfoot (With the boot, you can skip a lace to off-load the area of the bump, which should make it comfortable)
*Diabetes (Check with your Podiatrist)
*Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
*Peripheral Arterial Disease (Poor Circulation)
*History of Ulceration
For more information, check out other articles on this blog by using the search blog and typing in: My Feet Hurt.
Hope this was helpful and have a wonderful day!
Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy