This post has been republished as of March 2021 and updated to reflect current styles. Please note that the post includes affiliate links that offer a very small commission when used. Using my links does not cost you any additional money.
AFO Spring Shoe Trend:
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.
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 filled 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 with a little creativity & resourcefulness, I can wear cute shoes, sandals, and even some kitten style wedges. Learn more about my seasonal shoe trends.
In my last post on cute afo friendly transition booties, I gave winter the bootie. Now, I’m all about Spring. What follows are 3 Spring Shoe Trends and links to several afo and orthotic friendly styles I’m loving this season.
Please keep in mind that not all afos and orthotics are the same. I am neither a doctor nor an orthotist (eg. don’t sue me!). 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. Click on the photos for shopping links & be sure to let me know which pair is your favorite in the comments section below.
1. SNAKESKIN & LEOPARD SPRING SHOES
Whether it’s zebra, snake, or leopard, animal prints of any kind are back in force again this season. Whether you like your sneakers flat or with an elevated platform, both of the snakeskin sneakers pictured above will work for many afos when purchased in a wide or extra 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 sandal is also great for orthotic wearers as they come in an extra wide & have adjustable Velcro closures.
2. FLORAL PATTERNS – FLOWERS YELL SPRING TREND!
This season is all about embellishments & patterns, especially floral ones. The Velcro Propet shoe will work for most afos as it comes in a triple wide size and the adjustable velcro allows for foot swelling. I love the floral print on the extra wide width sandals. and they are just $30! The floral sneakers are a regular width, but with removable insole they’ll also work for many styles of afos.
3. TEVAS – SPRING SHOE TREND WITH ORTHOTICS – OH, YES!!
Teva like sandals are all the rage again this season! Although they are still showing the old school Tevas and platform/flatform styles, this style sandal has been kicked up a notch (like several notches) with multiple embellishments & many high end designers making their own versions. I love the shell embellished sandal with ankle support, the sporty Hunter velcro sandal, & of course the gorgeous Gucci crystal embellished velcro sandal. No one will be looking at your leg braces when you’re wearing any of these – that’s for sure!
What do you think of the Spring 2021 Trends? I would love to know your favorites! Let me know in the comment box below.