Semi-orthopaedic footwear. Sounds seriously medical, doesn’t it? Yes, it does. And yes, it is. Serious medical science. But what makes our shoes different from others? How are our shoes special, compared to ‘normal’ ones?
First of all, the fit. The lasts of our shoes have been carefully designed to respect the natural shape of the foot. And to look good, as well, but we will get to that in a minute. Focussing on function for the moment, we offer a broad range of sizes and a large variety of widths. And on top of this, we can make individual adjustments to each last, creating space where the client needs it most.
All our shoes will easily accommodate a custom footbed, which may also serve as a posture correction aid. Our soles are rigid and free of torsion, they have a solid rocker and a flexible forefoot in the sole to help maintain a natural gait cycle.
We offer several types of linings for our shoes, depending on the medical priorities of individual wearers. For sensitive feet, for example, we have a special lining – which is also perfect for clients with severe diabetes - made from a special spacer fabric covered with soft moleskin. In all of our linings, the presence of seams is kept to a minimum, preventing rubbing and ensuring a soft, comfortable feel to the foot.
Because each foot is different, we also have a choice in heel stiffeners for incorporation in our shoes. So, let’s briefly talk about the different available stiffeners and their various benefits.
First of all, what our stiffeners have in common is that they are all made from a thermoplastic material in a range of different thicknesses. This allows for small adjustments to the shape of the shoe, making it uniquely suitable for the client’s heel and/or ankle. Now let’s look at the different types of stiffeners.
This stiffener has extended medial and lateral sides, providing additional stability and maximum support of the foot. This type of stiffener can also offer support to the medial and lateral malleolus.
This stiffener has high extended medial and lateral sides, providing additional stability and maximum support of the foot and fixating the subtalar joint while also stabilising the talocrural joint. This type of stiffener can also offer support to the medial and lateral malleolus.
Stiffener with a Haglund's deformity opening
This stiffener has a soft opening to relieve pressure and friction on the Haglund bump (where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone). This type of stiffener also has extended medial and lateral sides, providing additional stability and maximum support of the foot.
Yes, we make shoes with no stiffeners whatsoever! In many cases, this is ideal for extremely sensitive feet and for clients suffering from severe diabetes but not needing special support of the heel or other parts of the foot.
And finally, there is design. Our shoes do look fashionable, it’s true. In fact, they could be mistaken for any kind of ‘normal’ shoe. But that is because we think looks are important too. Because we happen to believe a shoe can be semi-orthopaedic without having the words “medical implement” written all over it. Nevertheless, all of our models have been carefully designed to make sure they meet all relevant medical requirements, offer maximum comfort & stability and are easy to step into and slip out off. Designed for the job they are supposed to do. Designed for looks and for function.