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5 Stylish Orthotic Friendly Sandals with Removable Footbeds
Are you tired of wearing sneakers and closed-toe shoes all summer long just because you must wear doctor-prescribed orthotics?
We hear you and we’re here to help. While we’re tempted to simply recommend a Birkenstock or Vionic sandal since both offer excellent orthotic-like support, we understand the importance of sticking to a doctor’s order to wear orthotic-friendly sandals to remedy your foot issue whatever it may be: over-pronation, supination, planter fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma. Keep in mind that it can be tricky to get a perfect fit when using a custom orthotic in a sandal. You may have to trim the orthotic a bit or order a larger size sandal.
Naot Begonia: This orthotic-friendly sandal features an enclosed heel which helps keep an insert in place. Four adjustable straps allow for a customized fit for bunions, swollen feet, or high insteps (those are faux buckles–the straps fasten with velcro). Available in euro sizes 35-42 (4-11) at Zappos, Amazon, and The Walking Company. Other Naot sandals with enclosed heels and removable footbeds include the Papaki, Yarrow and Selo. Find a Naot retailer near you by calling 1-800-NAOT-USA.
Ecco Babett and Ecco Soft 5 sandals: Not every Ecco sandal features a removable footbed, but these two styles do! We’ve read a few reviews praising the shoe for its removable footbed allowing the use of an orthotic. Plus, the adjustable straps make both styles excellent walking sandals for summer. The Ecco Babett is available in euro sizes 35-43 (4-12) at Zappos, Amazon, and 6pm.com. The Ecco Soft 5 Sandal with 3 straps is available at Zappos and Amazon, while you can find the cross-strap version at The Walking Company and Amazon.
Revere Sandals (Valencia style shown): Revere footwear is designed with customization in mind. Their shoes and sandals feature deep heel cups with removable footbeds to accommodate custom orthotics. Each pair comes with a set of matching strap extensions if you need more adjustability. The Valencia is one of their dressier sandals available in sizes 5-12, medium and wide widths from RevereShoes.com. You can also find Revere footwear at FootwearEtc.com.
Alegria Viki (and other Alegria sandals): Always an all-around winner in the comfort shoe department, Alegria continues to impress us with their exciting new styles each season. The Viki is one of many styles with a removable cork and latex footbed. The rocker sole is an added benefit if you suffer from forefoot pain. Available in euro sizes 35-42 (5-11), medium and wide widths from AlegriaShoes.com, Zappos, Amazon, and Nordstrom.
Do you have a favorite sandal that can fit an orthotic? Please leave a comment and help future readers.