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In comparison to ordinary shoes that you’d find on the high street, orthopaedic shoes have specific features to alleviate foot discomfort. The heel parts tend to be firmer and lower, meaning that minimal pressure is put onto your heel and the arch of your foot. Certain materials, such as memory foam, are also used to provide a comfortable surface which relieves pressure on your soles.
If you’re after something simpler to wear in your leisure time, boots, sandals, or flip flops are ideal. Boots are usually pretty sturdy but sandals and flip flops can be flimsy, so check that the pair you choose is flexible and will stay securely on your feet.
Memory foam is a durable material that moulds to the shape of your feet, easing pressure on the ball of your foot and providing you with complete comfort for hours. Unfortunately, though, it's not very breathable so your feet can get a bit sweaty when wearing shoes containing this material!
Microfibre is lightweight, so it’s gentle on your skin and minimises pressure on your feet. As it’s also water-resistant and machine washable, you can pop sweaty trainers made from this material in with your other laundry for a quick and easy clean.
However, if you’re into sports or you have a very active lifestyle, then you’ll need something with a much higher level of support. Look for trainers or shoes with shock-absorbing soles - these will make sure that you don’t hurt your joints each time your feet hit the ground.
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1. Fitflop Women’s Superbendy Ballerinas – Black｜Patent Black
Sleek, Smart Flats With Plenty of Cushioning
2. Skechers Women’s Go Walk Evolution Ultra-Reach Slip On Trainers – Purple/Mauve｜Grey
Washable, Breathable, and Lightweight
3. New Balance Women’s Fresh Foam Vongo V3 Running Shoes – Turquoise｜Plum
Sturdy and Shock Absorbent
4. FitFlop Women’s Ottie Faux Suede Ankle Boots – Black｜Black
Cushioned for All-Day Comfort
5. FITORY Ankle Strap Cork Sandals – Cream Khaki
Ideal for Relaxed Days Out
Now, onto our picks for the guys! Whether it's a comfy pair of sandals or some professional-looking dress shoes that you're after, you're bound to find something suitable on our list.
Whether you're popping down the local shop or heading off on an all-day hike, comfort is key! So, now you've got your shoes sorted, why not check out some of our recommendations for snug outerwear?
Author: Nicola McClements
No. 1: FitFlop｜1. Fitflop Women’s Superbendy Ballerinas – Black｜Patent Black
No. 2: Skechers｜2. Skechers Women’s Go Walk Evolution Ultra-Reach Slip On Trainers – Purple/Mauve｜Grey
No. 3: New Balance｜3. New Balance Women’s Fresh Foam Vongo V3 Running Shoes – Turquoise｜Plum
No. 4: Vionic｜4. FitFlop Women’s Ottie Faux Suede Ankle Boots – Black｜Black
No. 5: FitFlop｜5. FITORY Ankle Strap Cork Sandals – Cream Khaki
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