In 1997, Kirsten was a young, married middle school Spanish teacher enjoying life personally and professionally. A sudden diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis changed Kirsten’s life in countless ways. Right off the bat, finding footwear for her painful feet topped the list. As a teacher, she had to find some way to be on her feet throughout the day without being in a constant state of debilitating pain. But as someone with a keen style sense, Kirsten also hoped to avoid orthopedic-looking shoes. Desperate to find attractive shoes that would bring relief, Kirsten hobbled into a local Joyce Selby shoe store and told her story to a salesperson, who introduced her to the comfort brand Dansko. The style she selected was coincidentally called the “Kirsten.” Kirsten wore her namesake clogs every day in the classroom and was thankful she could once again focus on her students, not on her feet.
After adopting her second child, Kirsten decided to leave teaching and stay at home with her boys. But teachers never lose their love for sharing knowledge with others, so in 2007, Kirsten started Barking Dog Shoes with the purpose using what she had learned from her own experience to help other women find comfortable yet stylish footwear for their problem feet (“barking dogs.”)
Barking Dog Shoes reviews and recommends the best footwear for people with various foot issues (as well as for women with average feet for whom comfort is a high priority). People with bunions, plantar fasciitis, overpronation, flat feet, Morton’s neuroma, and a host of other foot problems have found comfortable and attractive shoes thanks to the thousands of recommendations Barking Dog Shoes has provided over the past 10 years. Barking Dog Shoes is always on the lookout for new styles and brands to keep readers looking and feeling their best.