Published on July 8th, 2012 | by Kirsten Borrink6
Fitflops reviewed –
Fitflops have come a long way. I saw a friend at church wearing these in the cosmic purple shade with a pencil skirt and flowy blouse. If I didn’t possess a savant knack for identifying comfort shoes from 200 yards away, I would have never known they were FitFlops.
Fitflops have come a long way from the sporty albeit utilitarian Walkstar style of 2007. The Frou provides the same cushioned support as the originals, but is topped off with a conspicuously cute gathering of suede ruffles.
While researching online reviews, I took some bulleted notes on the fit and feel of the Frou. These observations will hopefully help you decide whether this specific style will work for your feet.
- Narrower footbed than the Walkstar and other styles, yet not necessarily a narrow-width shoe. FitFlops generally run wide.
- Best for high volume foot, meaning a “tall” foot (think vertical rise or “thickness” of foot from top to bottom). The strap runs high and slightly wide.
- Good for high-instep feet.
- Good for flat feet since cushioned support forms to foot instead of pushing up into the arch uncomfortably.
- Runs shorter than other FitFlop styles, so order up if between sizes.
Initially Fitflops were marketed as toning shoes (remember all the fuss about MBT, Skechers Shape-Ups and other footwear with seemingly magical properties to tone and tighten the legs and glutes?) Sounds gimmicky, but their Microwobbleboard™ insoles are the reason behind the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance. The benefits of walking on Microwobbleboard™ midsoles? Shock-absorption, relief of joint stress, increased lower leg muscle activation, and reduced pressure on toes. In fact, many customer reviews mention relief from plantar fasciitis pain.
If you’re not into frilly-flouncy like the Frou, consider a style like the FitFlop Sling or Rokkit featured below.
Do you own a pair of FitFlops? Do they help relieve your foot problems? Have you found a style that works for you? Do share!
The Frou and other FitFlop styles (many on sale) are available at:
- Zappos: free shipping both ways.
- Amazon: free shipping, special offers.
- FootSmart: the Frou is on sale