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INTRO:If you wear afos (or orthotics) like I do, then you know how hard it can be to find shoes in general, let alone ones that are actually stylish. Believe me, I get it. AFO fashion is a challenge.
After becoming a full-time afo wearer, I would get depressed at the beginning of each new season & feel sorry for myself because I thought my days of wearing cute shoes & clothing were over. I actually wrote an entire post on the subject with tips for coping with self-pity when you wear afos/leg braces.But, It’s because of my own struggles with self-esteem that I’ve made it one of my missions to empower other people with chronic conditions to look and feel their best. After years of wearing different types of afos including the white hard plastic kind), I found that there are fashion options for afo wearers like myself. With a little creativity & resourcefulness, I can wear cute shoes, sandals, and even some kitten style wedges. You can read more about this here.
In my last post on cute afo friendly transition booties, I gave winter the bootie. Now, I’m all about Spring. What follows are 4 Spring Shoe Styles and links to several afo and orthotic friendly women’s shoes and sandal styles I’m loving this season.
Please keep in mind that not all afos & abilities are the same. I am neither a doctor nor an orthotist (eg. don’t sue me) and the shoes below are just my own personal recommendations. If they do not work for you, keep trying until you find ones that do. As my mom used to tell me, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
I can’t wait to hear what you think of these trends. Let me know which pair is your favorite in the comments section below:
1. ANIMAL PRINT
Whether it’s zebra, snake, or leopard, animal prints of any kind, are back in force again this season. The snakeskin sandals pictured are available in a double wide width. This feature along with the fact that they have adjustable velcro closures, makes them an ideal sandal that will fit many types of afos. The cute leopard bootie is perfect for orthotic wearers, as it’s insoles are removable and can be replaced with your own. This shoe will also fit some non bulky styles of afos but since it comes only in a regular width, it’s best to size up.
2. FLORAL PATTERNS
This season is all about embellishments & patterns, especially floral ones. I love the floral print on the soles of this cute pair of adjustable velcro sandals. They will work for most afo and orthotic wearers as the entire footbed is removable. The floral ankle high bootie offers built in ankle support. This boot will work for orthotic wearers as the insole is removable.
3. PERFORATED LEATHER
Laser cut and perforated fabric details are all the rage third season. I’m loving the look of this flat metallic sandal as it can be dressed up or done. It is available in a wide width & has a back zipper for better access. The cute perforated sneaker shown comes in a variety of colors including a metallic silver. The sneaker can be worn by many afo wearers as it is available in an extra wide width.
Would you believe that socks with sandals is actually in style? Yeah me either, but it’s true. The “grandpa shoe style” as its called, is great for anyone with feet issues. I have a pair of these awesome flatform style Tevas. They are waterproof and fit my afos easily. For a more sophisticated take on the old school Teva, I’m loving the velcro suede sandals in dusty pink above.