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Fabulous Fitflop Sneakers: F-Sporty II Lace-Up Review

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Fitflop F-Sporty II Sneaker

Fitflop sneakers, F-Sporty II,  provided by Fitflop. The opinions are completely our own based on experience.

Confession. I’ve long recommended Fitflop sneakers and closed-toe shoes based on hearsay. Yes, I have their sandals and they’re great. But until this week, I’ve never had my own pair of Fitflop closed-toe anything. For diehard Fitflop fans, go ahead and pull up a chair, you’ll want to read this review of the Fitflop F-Sporty II sneaker (update: see the Fitflop Rally sneaker for a similar fit and feel to the F-Sporty II).

Fitflop F-Sporty II Sneaker

I remember reading reviews of Fitflop’s first closed-toe shoes when they hit the market quite a few years ago. Women loved the feel of the footbed, but found the fit to be off–too wide, too large, or slipped off the heel. Each season, Fitflop countered with updated styles with more streamlined silhouettes. Folks, they’re converging on that perfect fusion of fit, feel and fashion with the release of the F-Sporty II sneaker (and this sneaker has friends from the same F-Sporty line).

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Kirsten wears Fitflop F-Sporty II sneakers

First, let’s consider the overall fit of these sassy Fitflop sneakers. I usually wear a size 10 medium width shoe (sometimes a 9.5).  I find the F-Sporty II sneakers to fit my feet perfectly–in fact, there’s room to wear a thicker sock in the wintertime. I have bunions and hammertoes due to RA and neither is a problem thanks to the wide and high toe box of the F-Sporty II. The heel fits snugly with no slippage. And I’m not sure how they do it, but my feet don’t look like clunkers–I’m pretty sure I could pass for a 9?!

I’d recommend these Fitflop sneakers for medium to wide feet, and for feet that crave extra room in the toe box for conditions like bunions and hammertoes. Unfortunately half sizes only run through 8.5. After that you have 9, 10 and 11. If you’re in between sizes, I’d recommend sizing down since the fit is roomy.

How about the feel? Well, it’s quite nice and let me try to describe it the best I can. The F-Sporty line features Fitflop’s Anatomicush footbed which is a clever mish-mash of “anatomically-contoured with firm cushioning.” The arch support is moderate. I have medium-high arches and would prefer a little more support. It’s there, don’t get me wrong, but on a scale of 1-10 (1 = Keds and 10 = Vionic), I’d give these Fitflop sneakers a 5). However, the footbed could be removed with a little tug (it’s glued down, but not with superglue), and due to the roominess, you could probably add a more supportive insole.

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Fitflop F-Sporty II

I love the toe to heel cushioning. It’s not too squishy, not too firm. Goldilocks would approve. Some comfort shoes add a bunch of pillowy cushioning to the insole with not much underneath in the midsole.This combo may feel great at the beginning, but after a few mile walk, the dogs start barking from fatigue. The midsole on the F-Sporty II offers firm cushioning. Add a thick shock-absorbing outsole and you’ve got three layers of goodness between your feet and the street. In fact, my feet appreciate the thick sole, as it prevents the shoe from flexing too much at the forefoot (which is a huge benefit if you suffer from hallux limitus).

Little extras enhance the comfort of these Fitflop sneakers. A padded tongue keeps the instep area happy, all leather lining and footbed inhibits odor and a low-profile silhouette prevents shoe from rubbing ankle area.

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Fitflop F-Sporty II in navy

I’m happy to recommend the Fitflop F-Sporty II sneaker for medium and wide widths, bunions and/or hammertoes and hallux limitus (may be too flexible for those with severe hallux rigidus). Those with plantar fasciitis may find relief in this sneaker due to the firm cushioning, but may need more arch support.

Find the Fitflop F-Sporty II in 6 colors, sizes 5-11 for $110 with free shipping and returns from Fitflop.com. Check out the Fitflop Rally sneaker–a similar style and fit. Find a variety of Fitflop sneakers available from Zappos and Amazon.


See my video review of these Fitflop sneakers!

Check out the Fitflop F-Sporty Uberknit sneaker with ankle support and a soft, forgiving fabric upper. If sneakers aren’t your thing, check out Fitflop’s workwear collection. 



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11 Responses to Fabulous Fitflop Sneakers: F-Sporty II Lace-Up Review

  1. Kris says:

    They are very cute – and love the merlot color! Just a word of warning – I had to return 2 pairs of shoes this past summer, and it took dozens (very close to 100) emails to get the company to respond and refund my money. So aggravating. Cute or not, comfortable or not, I would never order from this company again because their customer service is abysmal.

  2. Jeannine says:

    I’d love to find the deep plum in a size 7 but it looks like no store has these.

  3. Ramona says:

    Tell me a comfort shoes for narrow foot. Ball of foot problems. RA

  4. SSG says:

    I’m so glad you reviewed these — maybe more people will discover FitFlop! I echo everything you said. I usually have to wear a wide for my bunions (even in Alegria), but not in FF. So I get a good fit for my heels with no stress on my toes. The arch support could be more aggressive but it’s enough for everyday. And they’re miraculously unclunky. I love the loafers, too.

  5. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Yes! That’s exactly right. Great for wider forefeet due to bunions. And the firm cushioning feels great

  6. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Keep checking–I hope the style and color will be around for a while.

  7. Andrea says:

    Hi!

    I love your blog. Very helpful information. Would love to see more options for truly narrow feet.

    To look at my feet, you wouldn’t think I had foot issues. However, I have a Morton’s neuroma on one side, probably a hallus limitus on the other side (I do, but it’s not diagnosed and I’m working on it to see if I can at all reverse it), plus thinned fat pads on the bottom of my feet, flattening arches, osteopenia (so they seem to suffer fractures kind of easily and since I run around like I’m wearing hiking boots and am a mountain goat I’ve had some broken toes, twisted ankles, and falls despite my very good balance).

    So….I’m looking for the unfindable shoe: Stylish (haha) for business casual in Southern California (breathable or at least leather and not vinyl), rocker sole, narrow sized (my heel is a 4A), wide toe box (for the hallus limitus and Morton’s neuroma), good arch support, back strap or closed heel, very little heel if any, nothing narrow about the sole (my cork Clark platform heels are very narrow on the bottom back of the sole and I twisted my ankle when walking fast on uneven surfaces–my fault but I do that so it’s best to avoid narrow bottomed soles), and padded insole. Also, my skin seems to have thinned significantly since menopause, so nothing can rub or be hard against my skin. This makes certain pumps and sandals difficult to wear. I don’t need orthotics at this point if I can be very selective about my shoes.

    There are options out there, but most do not come in narrow, and that’s simply a nonnegotiable since my feet don’t “run narrow” but ARE narrow. I considered the Dansko professional clog for wear with pants for business, but I need something more padded inside. I really have to have padding or I feel like I’m walking on concrete.

    You know a lot about shoes. This is a tall order it seems. Any ideas?

    P.S. I walk fast and long for exercise and pleasure, love to wear dresses, and also wear skinny pants and shorts as well as narrow business pants. Oh, I love boots too, but it’s too hot to wear them much here so that’s not a big need right now. I have found Clarks before that seemed to work, but sometimes it’s hard to find the shoe in my size after it’s been out for a while. For example, the Clarks Wave Trek was probably my best bet, but I didn’t at the time realize I needed a rocker sole and ended up getting a Brooks shoe that is marvelous but less padded in the front and very flexible so my big toes hurt after long hilly walks now. They didn’t use to hurt in my New Balance 990’s and I’m not sure if that’s the design or more wear and tear. Probably both.

  8. Mary Ann Ann Wheeler says:

    Do the flip fit shoes (or whatever they are called) come in wide. I do have bunions. Thank you!

  9. Kirsten Borrink says:

    No wide width, but the toe box is roomy and accommodating of bunions.

  10. Eileen says:

    These tennis are so cute but think I need something more rigid, good arch support, cushioning and probably a rocker sole. I have bad osteoarthritis in my feet (nearly bone on bone). Right foot also has traumatic arthritis (right), effects of trimalleolar fracture, FHL tendonitis that manifests like hallux rigidus, bone spurs on first and second metatarsal. I have been wearing my UGGs with a cheap pair of orthotics in them all winter so I can walk to the bathroom. This t has made especially nights more manageable but it’s getting too hot and I’ve got a whole summer to get through. I would love to try sandals. Straps across the foot (right) leads to swelling on either side of the strap. I’m trying to find compression for foot near the toes. Most compression socks don’t help that area. Can you suggest a few options?

  11. Bella says:

    I loved FitFlop hightop sneakers around 2012, best shoes I ever had, and then they discontinued them and changed the soles and the shoes felt much cheaper and way less comfy. Really sad 🙁

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