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Anyone know of good dress shoes to wear with soft (thick!) orhotics?

Posted by Quincy on 10/04/04 at 21:14 (160982)

Hi! I recently started wearing orthotics for PF and was given these
really thick, soft ones. They are working very well, but I can't get
them to fit into anything but sneakers. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Re: Anyone know of good dress shoes to wear with soft (thick!) orhotics?

Suzanne D. on 10/05/04 at 08:10 (160992)

Have you been able to try on any Birkenstock shoes, Quincy? If there is not a store near you, you could look online at such places as these two sites: http://www.birkenstockexpress.com or http://www.birkenstockcentral.com .

Some Birkenstock shoes, though not all, have removable footbeds which might accomodate your orthotics. I wear a women's style called the Annapolis which is a deep shoe and has a removable footbed. Others I have tried are not as deep, and some footbeds cannot be removed. If you read carefully all the information describing the shoes, it will help. And then if you order and the shoes don't work, both the companies I suggested will accept returns.

Here is an example of a men's shoe with a removable footbed:


As you can see, Birkenstock shoes are not cheap, but many of us have found them to be quite helpful. Here is another source for Birkenstocks which is considerably cheaper although it takes some time to get them and returns aren't so easy. The shoes come from Germany.


Hope this helps,
Suzanne :)

Re: Anyone know of good dress shoes to wear with soft (thick!) orhotics?

john h on 10/05/04 at 11:27 (160999)

Many of the shoes sold for diabetics are extra deep to accomodate orthotics. They come in all styles including dress shoes. You will usually find them at facilites that sell and make various orthotics,braces,etc. I forget the name of the manufacturer but they usually have trunk showings in our city several times a year. I have never found an SAS shoe that I could not easily fit an orthotic in. You can find them most anywhere. Many of the German shoes with removable insoles easily accomodate orthotics. They are pricey but good shoes.

Re: Anyone know of good dress shoes to wear with soft (thick!) orhotics?

Pauline on 10/05/04 at 11:39 (161001)

These are great suggestions for him John. You are certainly correct about the depth of shoes sold for diabetics. My friend uses them and they work well for his condition.