For as long as I can remember, owning dapper, good-looking shoes has usually meant having to deal with tired, achy feet. Not only is this true for the casual dresser upper but, more importantly, for those working a nine-to-five in a business-professional setting.
During my time in banking, every eight months I was in the market for new shoes. Sure, I could find a stylish pair of leather footwear no problem, but finding a quality, well-cushioned footbed included in the high price was hard to come by. The same was true for the other end of the spectrum in regards to cheap shoes with limited fashion. So this got me thinking: why do shoe designers and manufacturers teeter between providing style over comfort, and vice versa, never really aligning footwear’s two most sought-after and basic principles?
It’s now been years since I’ve left the banking industry; unfortunately, all those ill-designed shoes have left me with flat and overpronating feet. For a quick human biology lesson, the foot, if you didn't know, was designed to walk on soft, natural surfaces like sand and soil. But in today’s world, it’s commonplace for us to stand and walk for hours on cement, tar, or wood surfaces. These unnatural surfaces force the feet to slightly roll inwards and make contact with the ground, simultaneously flattening the arch.
Not long ago I stumbled upon Vionic with Orthaheel Technology. The brand’s medical products, developed by Australian podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, implements tried and true technology to help restore and enhance the foot’s natural function. With a firm yet flexible midsole, an innovative biomechanical footbed and stability-enhancing heel cup, these shoes helped me twofold by 1) providing soft, stable comfort, and 2) help lift the arches to properly realign the foot, ankle, knee and hip.
For a more technical explanation on this process, Dr. Vasyli demonstrates how the patented Orthaheel technology works:
Vionic’s men’s collection of oxfords and loafers come in several colors and styles, each made with high-quality, durable materials and accented hardware that will never disappoint. The Roth, seen below, has even received the American Podiatric Medical Association’s (APMA) Seal of Acceptance. How many wingtip shoes do you know has that same credential?
Moreover, comfortable footwear shouldn't solely be worn at the office. In addition to the brand’s great selection of men’s dress shoes, Vionic also features athletic sneakers and an abundance of sandal styles, including thongs, flip-flops, slides and more. So the next time you’re in the market for new footwear, do yourself a favor and go from work to leisure in style with Vionic with Orthaheel Technology.