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Alegria Shoes: Put A Little Happiness in Your Sole

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Alegria Shoes

Alegria Classic Clog circa 2008

The year was 2008. Amid a sea of stuffy comfort shoe offerings, Alegria injected much-needed vitality with their flagship Classic clog. Bright patents, whimsical patterns and bold animal prints caught the eye of women from all walks of life, but what converted them into customers? If you own a pair of Alegria shoes, you know. From medical professionals to educators, city commuters to those in the service industry, all will tell you a similar story: Alegria shoes allow them to do the jobs they love without the fatigue of aching feet.

Watch this short video to learn more about the superbly supportive footbed and other key comfort technologies of Alegria shoes. We think you’ll see why Alegria (“happiness” in Spanish) is a fitting name for the brand.

If you suffer from chronic conditions such as plantar fasciitis, rheumatoid arthritis, hallux rigidus or back pain, Alegria’s ergonomic cork and latex footbed combined with a rocker sole may bring the relief you’ve long desired. And not to worry, many styles feature a removable footbed to allow for use of a custom orthotic.

If the classic clog isn’t your style, take a look at four more bestsellers from Alegria shoes:

Alegria Shoes: Ari boot

Alegria Ari

The military-inspired Alegria Ari is as practical as it is adorable. The water-resistant leather upper protects feet from the elements while contoured cork and latex footbed provides all-day support. Customers love the roomy toe box and good fit at the heel. A side zipper makes for easy on and off.

Zappos customer Diana raves,

These are great for the early spring slush season in NYC. Footbed has great support, I can walk/stand in them all day. They are more waterproof than I expected even with the laces and zipper.

Find the Alegria Ari at, Amazon, Nordstrom and Zappos.

Alegria Shoes: Keli Professional

Alegria Keli Professional

Do you work in an industry where you need an easy-to-clean shoe with a slip-resistant outsole? The Keli Pro has all that and more including Alegria’s “Perfect Fit” cork, latex  and memory foam footbed that’s removable and replaceable. A slight rocker sole eases the foot through the stride (and it comes in wide widths). Available from Zappos,, and Nordstrom.

Alegria Shoes: Viki sandal

Alegria Viki

If you haven’t tried Alegria sandals yet, your feet are in for a treat in the new floral-embroidered Viki. Enjoy the wonderful support of the Alegria  footbed plus the customized fit offered by the adjustable straps at the forefoot and instep. A mini rocker sole takes pressure off the forefoot for a pleasurable walking experience. We think the Alegria Viki would make a perfect travel sandal. The Viki is available from Zappos, Amazon, and

Alegria Shoes: Essence sneaker

Alegria Essence

Do your feet crave a more flexible sole than traditional Alegria shoes offer? Try the Essence fashion sneaker! It comes in an array of colors and patterns from basic to bold with a slip-resistant outsole and removable footbed to accommodate an orthotic. Find the Alegria Essence at Zappos, Amazon, Nordstrom, and

Bunion and hammertoe sufferers take note: Alegria recently introduced a new collection of footwear called Dream Fit with neoprene panel inlays to reduce discomfort and irritation to the forefoot.

Alegria Shoes: Madi

Alegria Madi “Dream Fit”

Do you have a favorite style from Alegria shoes? We’d love to hear from you and so would other readers. Feel free to leave a comment and let us know how they help any foot issues that you have.

Interested in reading more about Alegria shoes? See four “on-the-foot” reviews of some of our favorite Alegria styles: the Paloma mary jane, Playa sandal, Bree oxford, and Carina sandal.

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3 Responses to Alegria Shoes: Put A Little Happiness in Your Sole

  1. Lori K says:

    I have the Alegria Bree oxford in the Black Springs color. My normal shoe size is 6.5-7 M, with slightly narrow heels. While the Bree is generally comfortable on my low arches, bunion and peroneal tendonitis, I found the leather upper on this style to be very stiff, tight across the instep (even with the laces) and doesn’t provide a lot of vertical room for toes and foot (the shape of the toe box is great!). The insoles on the Bree are removable, and I ended up buying a pair of Alegria’s thinner insoles which helps somewhat with the wiggle room. However, I can still only wear a thin sock with the Bree, and for serious walking I like a cushioned sock. I’m not sure if these issues are standard with all Alegria styles, or just the Bree style, or this isn’t the right brand for my foot. I’m definitely not in love with my pair of Alegria shoes.

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      Thanks for your helpful feedback, Lori. Have you seen Alegria’s new Dream fit collection? The upper is partly made of neoprene (over the forefoot) for a more forgiving fit. The Dani oxford is similar to the Bree, but with the dream fit upper.

  2. Cheryl S says:

    I live in Carina and Vanessa in the summer. They are great sandals. I normally wear orthotics and don’t need them with these sandals. I even use a pair for my house slippers with tabi socks since I have never found any slippers to provide enough support. They come in some great colors and fun patterns.

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