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Comfortable Flip-Flops by Orthaheel

Orthaheel fiji 2

Don’t be put off by their orthopedic name. Orthaheel footwear hits its style stride this summer with decorative beading, stripes and seasonal colors. Here’s the Fiji style on a model’s foot because my dog bit the beads off mine just last night. He can not resist a flip-flop, but COME ON. Don’t worry, Harley’s fine. He left the tiny beads on my bed instead of ingesting them–how thoughtful.

If you haven’t tried Orthaheel sandals before and suffer from bouts of plantar fasciitis, do your heels a favor and strap on a pair. Podiatrist-designed and APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) accepted, the Orthaheel footbed features a biomechanical orthotic footbed which supports the foot and realigns the lower leg reducing pronation, heel, leg and back pain. 

I love my Orthaheels. They support my arches like no other sandal–even more than Birkenstock! The deep heel cup keeps my foot in place while walking and the EVA midsole absorbs the shock of hard surfaces which is important for those of us with forefoot pain. The fit is good too. I take a 10 in the Fiji for my occasional 9.5 but often 10 size foot. I wouldn’t recommend the Fiji for a wide foot. 

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 Just a few years ago, I recall maybe three styles from Orthaheel, the main one being the Tide flip-flop.  Comfortable and supportive? Yes. Stylish? Not by a long shot. Summer 2013 brings 20 easy-on-the-eye styles in a variety of hues. My favorite is the beaded Fiji, but perhaps you’ll prefer the:

Orthaheel hampton



or maybe…

Orthaheel julie

Most Orthaheel sandals and casual shoes run between $45-99 with their walking shoes priced a little higher. 

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10 Responses to Comfortable Flip-Flops by Orthaheel

  1. Christina says:

    I wear a 7.5 Wide or XW if the shoe is cut more narrow. I have a pair of “Tide Orthaheel” sandals and although for the first couple of weeks the thong part of the sandal hurt so bad on one shoe that I thought I’d have to abandon them, I put a bandaid between my toes and wore them for a few hrs a day for a couple of weeks and it loosened up just enough to not rub and hurt anymore. I love them now and wear them daily and plan to get some more girly styles now. 🙂

    Now if Orthaheel would make more styles with just a BIT of a heel that aren’t cut narrow, I’d be a happy camper!!

  2. Channon says:

    I love my Orthaheel flip flops. I have my eye on the Ramba, but I’m waiting for someone else to try them and report back on what that little wedge does…

  3. Deb says:

    These look so comfortable, but alas, I have wide feet. Any suggestions along the same line as these? Also do you have any suggestions for those of us with bunions? My problem: Flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and bunions on one foot (left), go figure, shoe sizing is a nightmare. -Deb (

  4. cedar says:

    I have a pair of Orthaheel Porto Slides. I always forget I have them. They were sort of “hard,” to get used to, but they’re fine now. I like Olukai flipflops.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    My podiatrist recommended the Tide flip-flops, so I bought some and think they’re ok. But I think I agree with Dr. McCarthy (who posts here sometimes) that you need a rear strap to make a really good shoe.

  6. Chloe says:

    I got the Orthaheel Dr. Weil Accomplish Post Strap, which looks kinda like the Julie above except without flowers – it is really supportive and really cute. It is also one of the few shoes from Orthaheel (besides the Tide) that isn’t crazily and annoyingly (to me!) decorated with beads or huge flowers or jewels. I like something simple and young looking (to go along with the fact that I’m 26, haha), and the Accomplish were the only ones that fit the bill for me from Orthaheel.

  7. Chloe says:

    The Hamptons are also adorable. And they come out with new styles all the time.

    So, in general, yay Orthaheel!

  8. Dee says:

    I’ve read that if you have high arches that ortnoheels are not good for you. Does anyone know? I have the tides and loved them at first. But now my knees hurt somewhat as does my back.

  9. Theresa says:

    I have high arches and plantar fasciitis. The Orthaheel is great for me. I have the Tide, and the Julie in bronze. LOVE them both. I also love my Olukai flip flops.

  10. Jack says:

    Great products by orthaheel , very nice products and highly comfortable footwears.

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