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Arcopedico LS Oxford: Best Shoe for Bunions and Hammertoes
This review of the Arcopedico LS is sponsored by Arcopedico USA. The opinions are completely my own based on experience.
Spring break 2017 didn’t take us to sunny Florida or exotic Bora Bora, but our St. Louis destination did not disappoint! Why haven’t I visited this wonderful city since childhood? We enjoyed visiting the quirky City Museum, beautiful (and free) zoo, and experiencing the local flavor of The Hill and other historical neighborhoods. I took along my new 100% vegan Arcopedico LS lace-up oxfords to test them out along the city streets and cobblestones.
This is one unique little shoe. I’ve read that the Arcopedico LS is an excellent choice for women with bunions or hammertoes with its forgiving knit upper, so I decided to give them a try. Folks, I kept my shoes on for the entire five hour drive to St. Louis. I hate wearing shoes in the car (an aversion that started back in the 70s when I went barefoot for at least four months out of the year). But I truly forgot about my Arcopedicos in the car. They are incredibly lightweight and the soft knit upper allows air to circulate in and out of the shoe, so feet stay dry and cool–like they’re barefoot!
But how would they hold up to city walking? I’ve read reviews touting the Arcopedico LS as the best travel shoe for its lightweight feel, breathability and arch support, so would I experience the same walking comfort? I’ve worn Arcopedico shoes before, but this is my first experience with the LS style. My bunions and hammertoes had no complaints at all–the knit upper is heavenly. The arch support is definitely noticeable. In fact, I’d even classify it as heel support. My heel felt slightly raised up and cushioned from the hard sidewalks. The support continued to my arches but felt a little set back toward the heel, but still felt good.
The only issue I personally have with the Arcopedico LS is the need for more cushioning in the forefoot. I might add a metatarsal or ball-of-foot pad to help with this. Bear in mind that the insole is removable so you may be able to insert your own favorite orthotic or insole (in which case I’d recommend ordering up a size). Also, while I’d recommend for those with bunions or hammertoes–even neuropathy, if you need a non-flexible sole due to hallux rigidus, this is not the shoe for you (there’s a lot of flex).
As far as style, I’ve always thought the Arcopedico LS can look as young and fun as you make it! Wear with leggings and a tunic, rolled up boyfriend jeans or ankle pants. Try a neutral color to go with everything or bright colors to support your favorite team.
A word on sizing: I ordered the euro size 41 for my size 10 (sometimes 9.5) medium width feet. The fit is perfect. If you have slightly wide feet, I think the Arcopedico LS would fit you well with the lace-up entry and slightly stretchy upper. Narrow feet–you may have difficulty getting the shoe to tighten up enough.
Tip: If you need a comfy post-surgical shoe (after bunionectomy, ankle or other foot surgery), the Arcopedico LS is a wonderful as it accommodates swelling. Also, they’re washable! Yep, take out the insole and put them in the washer on delicate cycle.