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Shoes to wear in the house

Posted by Alison L. on 1/29/03 at 16:42 (107269)

Does anyone have a reccomendation of what is a comfortable shoe to wear around the house that would hold my custom orthotic in it? I don't like to wear tennis shoes because where I live is extremely hot and humid most of the year. I have plantars faciatis and have been told to not go barefoot or where slippers. I tried putting my orthotics in my slippers but that didn't seem to work very well. I don't like wearing my outdoor shoes inside - I know it sounds anal - but I grew up in the snowy north and taking my shoes off is the first thing I do when I get home to not track in the dirt! So I want a pair of indoor only comfortable shoes that will hold my orthotics. Thanks for any ideas of what has worked for you.

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Julie on 1/30/03 at 03:11 (107311)

Alison, many of us have found Birkenstock sandals helpful. I've been wearing the classic Arizona, their basic model, for years around the house: they're as easy to slip into as slippers, and they have an orthotic footbed which gives good support.

See if you can find a specialist store that stocks them, with trained staff to fit you. Most such stores will take them back after a trial at home, as long as you wear them only in the house. They do need breaking in, starting with half an hour or so the first day, increasing gradually.

You won't find it easy to put your orthotics into anything but supportive outdoor shoes - an orthotic is only as good as the shoe it lives in, and any shoe that's as easy to slip into as you'd like it to be won't be able to contain the orthotics properly. Do give Birkenstocks a try: they may be just what you're looking for.

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Kathy G on 1/30/03 at 09:09 (107331)

Alison,

Julie is right. Most everyone on these boards has had good luck with the Birks. I don't happen to be one of those people but when my doctor recommended them, he said that many of his patients wear them as bedroom slippers. If you're in a cold climate, you'll need to wear some warm sox with them this time of year.

This is the first year I've found my running shoes to be cold. That's what I do best in - my orthotics in running shoes. I even have one pair I've designated as my 'winter shoes'. I wear these outside when it's sloppy and my original intent was to take them off as soon as I get in the door, change my orthotics to another pair of running shoes and put those on. That plan didn't last long and now I just wipe my feet on the rugs I have down near the entrance to the house and keep my 'winter shoes' on all day.

I've been really wishing I could wear Birks and I hope they work out for you!

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Mar on 1/30/03 at 12:13 (107367)

I use Clark's clogs -- molded footbed and soft. I use Birks in the summer, but it took me about 3 months to get used to them. I haven't worn them since Oct and tried them again this week, and I'll have to break them in all over again -- 10 minutes at a time! But once I got used to them, they were better than my orthotics! Mar

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Steve C. on 1/30/03 at 12:25 (107369)

Can anyone make a suggestion about Birks for men? Which Birk model have you had success with? I've looked at a lot of the threads, but they all seem to be concerning womens' shoes.

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Joe S on 1/30/03 at 22:02 (107433)

Some of the clog style shoes with a semiopen back seems to work well. There are a multitude of running shoes that you can slide your orthotics into and wear throughout the house. I personally like the ones with the uppers made out of neoprene.

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

FlaPod on 1/30/03 at 22:06 (107434)

One other choice is a birkenstock sandal with a custom orthotic shell built for that sandal. You may check around with some local podiatrists in your community. Benefoot orthotic labs is the orthotic lab that does these. They are very nice. Kind of pricey, but nice. I have a few patients that wear these with good biomechanical control.

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Dr. David S. Wander on 1/31/03 at 13:33 (107488)

I'm very partial to shoes made by MERRELL. Merrell originally made heavy duty hiking boots, then branched out to other styles. Some of the most popular styles are the 'aftersport' shoes. These are basically a cross between an athletic shoe/casual shoe/clog. There are many styles with open backs, closed backs, etc. and orthoses are accommodated very well. I recommend MERRELL's to alot of my patients with a very high satisfaction rate. I personally wear Merrell's at the office and in the operating room and I find them to be the most comfortable shoes I own. Go on Merrellboot.com to see some styles (look under the heading 'aftersport'). P.S. I have no financial interest in Merrell.

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Ed Davis, DPM on 1/31/03 at 19:43 (107531)

Good choice -- they are very popular in the NW.
Ed

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Julie on 1/30/03 at 03:11 (107311)

Alison, many of us have found Birkenstock sandals helpful. I've been wearing the classic Arizona, their basic model, for years around the house: they're as easy to slip into as slippers, and they have an orthotic footbed which gives good support.

See if you can find a specialist store that stocks them, with trained staff to fit you. Most such stores will take them back after a trial at home, as long as you wear them only in the house. They do need breaking in, starting with half an hour or so the first day, increasing gradually.

You won't find it easy to put your orthotics into anything but supportive outdoor shoes - an orthotic is only as good as the shoe it lives in, and any shoe that's as easy to slip into as you'd like it to be won't be able to contain the orthotics properly. Do give Birkenstocks a try: they may be just what you're looking for.

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Kathy G on 1/30/03 at 09:09 (107331)

Alison,

Julie is right. Most everyone on these boards has had good luck with the Birks. I don't happen to be one of those people but when my doctor recommended them, he said that many of his patients wear them as bedroom slippers. If you're in a cold climate, you'll need to wear some warm sox with them this time of year.

This is the first year I've found my running shoes to be cold. That's what I do best in - my orthotics in running shoes. I even have one pair I've designated as my 'winter shoes'. I wear these outside when it's sloppy and my original intent was to take them off as soon as I get in the door, change my orthotics to another pair of running shoes and put those on. That plan didn't last long and now I just wipe my feet on the rugs I have down near the entrance to the house and keep my 'winter shoes' on all day.

I've been really wishing I could wear Birks and I hope they work out for you!

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Mar on 1/30/03 at 12:13 (107367)

I use Clark's clogs -- molded footbed and soft. I use Birks in the summer, but it took me about 3 months to get used to them. I haven't worn them since Oct and tried them again this week, and I'll have to break them in all over again -- 10 minutes at a time! But once I got used to them, they were better than my orthotics! Mar

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Steve C. on 1/30/03 at 12:25 (107369)

Can anyone make a suggestion about Birks for men? Which Birk model have you had success with? I've looked at a lot of the threads, but they all seem to be concerning womens' shoes.

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Joe S on 1/30/03 at 22:02 (107433)

Some of the clog style shoes with a semiopen back seems to work well. There are a multitude of running shoes that you can slide your orthotics into and wear throughout the house. I personally like the ones with the uppers made out of neoprene.

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

FlaPod on 1/30/03 at 22:06 (107434)

One other choice is a birkenstock sandal with a custom orthotic shell built for that sandal. You may check around with some local podiatrists in your community. Benefoot orthotic labs is the orthotic lab that does these. They are very nice. Kind of pricey, but nice. I have a few patients that wear these with good biomechanical control.

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Dr. David S. Wander on 1/31/03 at 13:33 (107488)

I'm very partial to shoes made by MERRELL. Merrell originally made heavy duty hiking boots, then branched out to other styles. Some of the most popular styles are the 'aftersport' shoes. These are basically a cross between an athletic shoe/casual shoe/clog. There are many styles with open backs, closed backs, etc. and orthoses are accommodated very well. I recommend MERRELL's to alot of my patients with a very high satisfaction rate. I personally wear Merrell's at the office and in the operating room and I find them to be the most comfortable shoes I own. Go on Merrellboot.com to see some styles (look under the heading 'aftersport'). P.S. I have no financial interest in Merrell.

Re: Shoes to wear in the house

Ed Davis, DPM on 1/31/03 at 19:43 (107531)

Good choice -- they are very popular in the NW.
Ed