THE ALEGRIA CLASSIC
THE ALEGRIA PALOMA
The Alegria shoe is amazingly comfortable!
Both shoes feature a wonderfully supportive and rigid sole that has a cushioned insole and decent arch support. The wide toebox allows for a roomy, comfortable forefoot area that takes pressure off of bunions, hammertoes and painful corns. This shoe is exceptional for any patients who have osteoarthritis of the forefoot or midfoot areas as well as any patients who deal with any type of chronic low grade pain in their feet.
Of the two shoes, the superior shoe is the Alegria Classic because it has better rearfoot control which allows for more biomechanical control and therefore should provide more comfort and protection.
This is one of the rare occasions that I can recommend a shoe that lacks true rearfoot control and the reason is that the Alegria Paloma's strapping controls the forefoot, midfoot and the sub-talar joint which is the joint which translates the forces from the leg into the foot during gait. The Alegria Classic is superior because it controls the forefoot, midfoot, sub-talar joint and the motion of the calcaneus (rearfoot).
I have some patients who prefer the Alegria Paloma because it is easier to slip on and off, they claim they have "claustrophobic feet" and prefer not to wear enclosed shoes or they have a prominent bump on the back of their heel making it painful to wear shoes with an enclosed back.
The Alegria Classic is Recommended for Patients with:
*Mild to Moderate Bunions
*Mild to Moderate Hammertoes
*Corns and Calluses
*Hallux Limitus/Rigidus (Limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)
*Knee, Hip and Lower Back Pain
The Alegria Paloma is recommended for Patients with:
*Patients who have trouble bending to put on shoes and need a slide-on shoe
*Moderate to Severe Haglaund's Deformity (Bump on the back of the heel)
The Alegria Classic and Paloma are NOT Recommended for Patients with:
*Achilles Tendonitis (these patients still need a thick and rigid sole shoe but the back of the shoe needs to be higher than the front to slightly elevate the rearfoot to decrease tension on the Achilles tendon).
*Neuropathic Diabetics (these patients need Extra-Depth Shoes with Accommodative Orthotics)
*Diabetic Patients with history of Ulcers
*Charcot Foot (these patients typically need custom-molded shoes with Accommodative Orthotics)
*Patients who need to wear an Ankle-Foot Orthosis (they need an extra depth walking shoe).
Rating: 9 (On a scale of one to ten with ten being the best).
Overall an excellent shoe!
Have a great day!
Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy