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This page will include links to products and services I love and want to pass on.

buxom lip polish

Easy To Hold Gloss

I’m a lip gloss girl. Although matte lipsticks are all the rage, I have yet to find one that doesn’t feel drying and make me want to constantly lick my lips.

I love the feel of Buxom lip polish and the fact that the tube is easy to open and substantial enough to hold. It moisturizes the lips with vitamin A and E and has a built in hyaluronic acid booster that feels tingly but not irritating.

You can find it here!

Shoes for AFO, Orthotics and/or Leg Braces

KICKS ARE DOPE

Sneakers are everywhere these days and not just reserved for the gym or casual weekend wear. Cute sneakers can be worn with tailored dress pants and a button-down or a maxi dress in the summer.

I tried on this cute pair by Natural Soul at Nordstrom’s and couldn’t decide which color to buy. The orthotic insole is removable and I didn’t even need to unzip them to get my AFO  supported feet inside. Oh, and they are soooo comfortable.

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/gentle-souls-lowe-sneaker-women/4489775?country

Shoes for AFO, Orthotics and/or Leg Braces

VELCRO IS LIT

I love this pair of adjustable velcro shoes by Plae called the “Larkin”. After reading about the Company and their  “plae it forward” mission, I fell in love.  Not only do the shoes have velcro for hand-challenged people like me, they have great traction , removable insoles, and room for AFO’s and orthotics.

https://www.plae.co/shop/adults/

 

 

Fine Motor Problems & Tools

HANDS-FREE ASSISTANT

I’m obsessed with my Amazon Echo Show

Not only does she play and show music,   weather, movie times, jokes, set timers etc, but she can also be used to video call contacts, display recipes and conduct 1-minute meditations and chair exercises.

Smart home products like Echo can be paired with lights, cameras, remotes and other objects making them voice controlled. For people with fine and gross motor problems, this is life changing.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J24C0TI/

Shoes for AFO, Orthotics and/or Leg Braces

CUTE WIDE-WIDTH BALLERINA FLATS

It’s hard to find flat dressy shoes that don’t look like you just raided an old lady’s closet.

These super cute faux suede ones have a pointy toe and an elastic jewel covered strap that holds a foot in place. The can be worn both casually and to black tie affair.

http://torrid.com

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Disability Hack for buying fashionable shoes and boots when you wear one afo/leg brace or orthotic and need shoes in two different sizes.

ODD SHOE OUT

I started Trend-Able to empower women with invisible physical disabilities to look and feel their best in order to live their best lives. I struggled with low self esteem as a young person with invisible disabilities and have made it my mission to help others learn how to accept their perfections and focus on their strengths.

If you’re new here, I wear leg braces ( called afos) due to foot drop & muscle weakness in both of my feet due to a neuromuscular disorder I inherited called Charcot Marie Tooth Disease. You can read more about my story in my Skinny jeans and Leg Braces post.

Trend-Able is a resource to help women with disabilities look and feel their best and some of the posts focus on fashion and shoes. I research and share the latest fashionable comfort shoes that work for me and may work for other orthotic and afo wearers as well. I also post seasonal outfit inspiration consisting of fashion-forward and disability friendly clothing and accessories.

When we wear clothing and shoes that we feel confident and comfortable in, the effect is similar to wearing a smile when you feel sad. You feel better and more positive.

I’ve received several questions lately via the Trend-Able Facebook and Instagram pages from people who wear just one leg brace and thus need two different size shoes. Of course, there are many people without disabilities who also have two different size feet and share a similar shoe buying challenge.

In my research on this subject, I found the post ”Where to buy shoes when your feet are two different sizes” on a website called The Ability Hacker. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I received permission from the writer and website owner Amy to use portions of her 2016 post. You can see the original blog post and check out her very helpful website for people with disabilities here

One hack for people with two different size feet, is to use an insole to fill up the empty space in a too large shoe. There are several companies that sell insoles specifically for this purpose. One is called Sizers and you can find them on Amazon here and another one is called Shoolex which you can find here.

As you will see from the list below, it is also possible to purchase a pair of shoes in two different sizes and/or a single shoe.

 Nordstrom

  • The best resource for both adults and children with extremely accommodating policies for people with disabilities, amputees and those needing irregular sizes.
  • They have an unadvertised ”split shoe policy”
  • There cannot be more than a 1 ½ sizes difference between each shoe
  • There is no extra cost for buying two different sized shoes.
  • It’s easiest to buy them in store with the help of a sales associate. In order to purchase two different sizes online, you have to purchase a pair in each size, and then return the shoe from each pair that you do not need.
  • Nordstrom also has a limited selection of single shoes which you can find here

 Healthy Feet Store

  • They do have a ”special discount program” for people ordering mismatched shoe sizes.
  • The exact discount amount differs for each shoe and brand.
  • The website says to call Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time if you’d like to order mismatch shoes: 1.866.324.3338

 Shoe Swap

  • Website and marketplace for people who need two different size shoes and/or just one shoe.
  • You can find a shoe buddy to share the purchase of two pairs of shoes and swap sizes.
  • People buy, sell and swap unwanted and/or unneeded shoes.

 Birkenstock

  • They offer a one size only increase or decrease on their classic cork footbed styles.
  • You get 40% off of a second pair of closed toe shoes or waterproof sandals. You have to order two pairs and then the company will donate the unused shoes.
  • They will discount some shoes 40% if you need a single shoe.
  • You can call Birkenstock at 1-800-451-1459.

 THE NATIONAL ODD SHOE EXCHANGE (N.O.S.E)

  • A non-profit organization that helps people needing two different sizes and or amputees needing one shoe
  • They ship brand new shoes to people in the US and Canada.
  • In order to participate, send your name and address along with a short letter stating your needs and restrictions to:

The National Shoe Exchange
P.O. Box 1120
Chandler, AZ 85244-1120

 MY LEFT SHOE

 ODD SHOE FINDER

  • An online shoe marketplace for buying and selling odd size shoes.
  • Like an Ebay just for odd size shoes
  • Website also links to a custom shoe store. http://www.oddshoefinder.com

 TARGET

  • There is no official policy but they do have some mismatched pairs of shoes in their warehouses.
  • What is done with the odd shoes is left up to each individual store manager.
  • People should inquire with the store manager directly.

Do you have any odd size shoe hacks or know of other great resources not mentioned in this post? Please share the love in the comments below.