Retro wrote:Have either of you tried taking the "built in" insole out of the shoes? That's what the Orthotics woman told me to do last time.
Yes, actually a few weeks ago I got my custom made orthotics (the hard, carbon fibre type that cost far too much!) and am experimenting with what shoes/boots are most comfortable. I had to take a variety of shoes in to the podiatrist appointment with me, and we discussed which I would be able to wear and which to throw to the back of the wardrobe!
She recommended low heels (about an inch), and liked my flat (about 1.5 inch heel) boots from M&S (purchased a couple of years ago). She was right - those have been the most comfortable with the orthotics in. Ballet pumps were a 'no no' as they are too shallow.
Trainers came highly recommended, and she said to look for those that have removable soles. She mentioned a few brands, but the only one I can remember was 'New Balance'. Anyway, as it happened, I took my orthotics to TK Maxx and found a lovely (cheap, in the sale!) pair of trainers - have never heard of the brand and cannot even make out what the logo says! They must be decent, as the full price would have been something like Ã‚Â£60 according to the label (the RRP). I think I paid about Ã‚Â£16. I found them very comfortable in the shop, and when I got home, remembered the podiatrist's comment about the insoles. To my surprise, when I tried to pull them out, they just lifted - they were not stuck in at all, so are obviously designed to pull out. They are really great.
From looking on the internet at sites about orthotics, I get the impression that a lot of sportspeople and athletes have prescribed orthotics. Whether this is because of the constant pressure on their arches, or a new craze in something that helps improve performance I don't know! (Maybe the best athletes are hypermobile?!!) I guess this might explain why some of the more expensive trainers are now being made with removable insoles.
If anyone else is interested, at a large branch of M&S a few weeks ago, I was delighted to find that my orthotics fit beautifully into some little groovy flat pump type shoes. They are black, and like a fat clumpy version of a ballerina pump (can't think how else to describe them), with 'footglove' written inside. There is a strap that goes across and sticks with velcro, which I find holds the foot in, and can be adjusted (useful if foot keeps swelling up like mine!) Quicker to shove on and off than trainers too. They are black suede look. I am going to buy some more I think! The only down side is that the insides are worn away quickly by the very hard orthotic edges I notice.
Anyway, although deeper and clumpier than ballet pumps, they are probably the next best thing, and a bit smarter than trainers, so ideal for work (under trousers anyway). I must have paid about Ã‚Â£26 for them I think, and I love them.
Going to post again under a different heading now, as this is getting long!