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Most comfortable sandals : support and comfort

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The ingredients of a comfortable sandal

The insole

Foot support

Comfortable materials

And the flip-flop in all this ?

 


It's almost summer, and you're looking for the best comfortable sandal to go for a walk in the sun. You're going to relax, but you're also going to walk and maybe even go out to dinner. But you want to have your feet in the air and enjoy maximum comfort.

If you just want a sandal to go from the pool to your accommodation, a normal sandal will be more than enough, but if you want to do a little more activity, the Podexpert team has selected for you a complete range of comfortable sandals.

 

The ingredients of a comfortable sandal

To avoid coming back from vacation with sore feet and going back to work, we've listed the main features of a comfortable sandal: the insole, heel support and manufacturing materials. We have selected these models by thinking about all the foot pathologies you might have: bunion, rheumatoid foot or heel spur.

 

The insole

Sandals with an insole that incorporates an arch are not the best, far from it. In fact, the arch tends to dig into the medial arch of the foot by stimulation, which causes the foot to deviate outward. It also tends to compress the plantar fascia and cause pain such as heel spurs.

It is only indicated in a few cases of flat or hollow foot ankylosis, but it must be custom-made to perfectly match the morphology of your plantar arch.

The insole must have a heel cup to stabilize your rearfoot which will act as a counter to avoid any deviation of the heel. The goal is to keep your foot in the most neutral position possible.

The sole must of course be removable to be replaced by your orthopedic insoles. Most of the sandals offered on Podexpert have a removable sole with a Velcro pad to prevent them from slipping.

 

The sole should have a slight heel to avoid overloading the rearfoot, but it should not be too

pronounced, because in this case the foot will tend to slide towards the forefoot and put more pressure on your toes.

 

Foot support

The support of the foot on a sandal is ensured by the straps and other straps.

The wider and more straps you have, the better for your foot's stability. If you suffer from instability in the back of your foot, you should choose a sandal with a strap at the back that will keep your heel in the most appropriate position.

The strap on the instep should be easily adjustable to properly grip your foot and prevent your entire foot from sliding forward in the sandal. If your foot slides forward, your toes will tend to grip to prevent the sandal from leaving.

Finally, the position of the straps is essential to avoid sensitive areas such as bunion. We have selected for you a range of bunion sandals perfectly adapted to this type of toe deformation. Indeed, the straps in the forefoot have a stretch fabric insert that does not rub on your bunion.

 

Comfortable materials

Materials also matter for comfort. Leather lasts a long time, but it won't always be as supple unless it's lined with a stretchy material or foam. Leather sandals will be more difficult to make and soften, but the foot support will be better even after a long period of use.

Synthetic materials will be more comfortable, but they will not last as long, and you will not find the same support as with a leather sandal or mule.

Today, thanks to technology, we can offer you comfortable sandals that combine the advantages of both materials.

Comfortable sandals selection

 

And the flip-flop in all this ?

The flip-flop occupies a special place. It is widely worn all year round in some Asian countries, and it has imposed itself in France during the summer period.
In itself, it is not a bad footwear. We can even advise it to patients who suffer from forefoot problems. Indeed, the flip-flop does not compress the forefoot and does not impose a toe claw at each step.

But it also has its disadvantages: the lack of cushioning and foot support. And it is for this main reason that we do not recommend it if you want to do some activities with sandals on your feet.

 


Author : Philippe Vesin - Pedorthist